July 19th Event Recap and Juvenile Justice Legislation

It was great to see so many of you at our networking and juvenile justice policy event last week!

We were honored to have Naoka Carey, Executive Director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, and Erin Freeborn, Executive Director of Communities for Restorative Justice, lead an informative discussion on the Massachusetts juvenile justice system. State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg was also in attendance, which shows how important these issues are to our political leadership.

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Juvenile Injustice, Part One

Going by the numbers, America is heavily invested in jailing our youth: on average, $88,000 per year is spent to keep a child in prison1 – far more than is spent to keep a child in school2. The establishment of a criminal record, no matter how trivial the initial offense, severely limits future opportunities and indeed makes it highly likely that the child will fail to break out of the cycle of poverty as an adult3, instead propagating a poor man’s samsara. As new research sheds light on the adolescent brain and its continuing development well beyond the traditional threshold of eighteen years4, we must revisit what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, especially in the case of the most vulnerable among us.

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Join us on July 19th!

It has been a while since our last newsletter! The Roosevelt@Boston core team has been hard at work recruiting new grads from campus chapters and supporting the Roosevelt Institute’s Next Generation Blueprint for 2016. The Blueprint (you can access the full version here) outlines the top policy issues and priorities for legislators based on a survey of 1,000 young people on 160 campuses across the country — it’s definitely worth a read!

July 19th Event — RSVP Today!

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Public Policy Making Doesn’t Stop During Primary Season

Quick update from us here at Roosevelt @ Boston!

We had a busy and diverse 2015, including open houses; events on net neutrality & rewriting the rules to our economy; and a fundraiser that brought over $1,500 in new resources into our network.

Thank you to everyone who continues to participate and grow our network of young public policy makers!

#RewritingTheRules Event

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Tomorrow – A Generational Economic Shift

It took me some time to get over the low voter turnout nationwide and in Boston. In that time, several reports came out criticizing young professionals and young families for the turnout. Seeing new, inspirational young leaders in Somerville, Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and across the region, this tired narrative doesn’t tell the full story.

That’s why it’s important to join GBPI and Roosevelt Institute tomorrow, November 10th from 6:45pm-8:45pm at Lir in Back Bay. As new businesses and new office holders reflect an ongoing generational shift in leadership, we have to stand ready to make sure Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s legacy of economic equity is protected and improved.

Join us tomorrow. Adding your voice to a generation’s legacy starts with one thing – showing up.

Thank you for an incredible year,
Eric

Announcing Speakers and Hosts

Sign up here to join us Tuesday, November 10th from 6:45pm-8:45pm at Lir for our Fall Celebration where we’ll learn more about the Roosevelt Institute’s Rewriting the Rules report by Joseph Stiglitz.

We’re proud to announce we’ll be hearing from

Nell Abernathy
Roosevelt Institute’s Director of Programs & Co-Author of “Rewriting the Rules”

Prof. Kent Greenfield
Boston College Law professor & Author of “The Myth of Choice”

Nathan Rothstein
Local Entrepreneur & Founder of Project Repat

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Save the Date – Speakers, Surprises, Substance

Join Roosevelt Institute | Boston and Greater Boston Policy Initiative on November 10th from 6:45pm-8:45pm for our marquee event of the year. This event, as part of the City Awake social impact festival in early November, will be adding to the hundreds of events and thousands of individuals celebrating the work of organizations taking positive action in our communities.

We’re pulling out all the stops – over the next few weeks and at the event itself. We’ll be rolling out exciting speakers, surprises, and substantive policy as we celebrate the national Roosevelt Institute’s paper “Rewriting the Rules.”

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Support Civics Ed before our Sept. meeting!

We’re excited to see you at our next event on Sept. 16th! Click here for details and to RSVP. We’ll recap the work we’ve done together this year, talk about what it means to be part of the national Roosevelt Institute community and take steps to drive forward progressive policies.

Support Civics Education

Can’t wait for Sept. 16th to take action? Here’s a crucial and easy one!

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The Wonder of Roosevelt is Back

Following a restful summer, we hope the Roosevelt | Boston network is gearing up for a productive Autumn/Fall!

Thanks to Prof. Susan E. Gallagher

Strong showing at the money tree!

Thanks to all who are helping us grow! Through our RooRaises campaign, you raised over $1,600 after donors from the national Roosevelt network doubled your gifts. Your generosity will buy us a better website and member tracking software. Together we are planting seeds for the future!

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