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Op-Eds, Discussions, Writing and Recent Research, Contributed by Undergraduate Human Rights and Public Policy Program Students

December 11, 2018

Zero Waste: Possible in NYC’s Foreseeable Future?

The Department of Sanitation has created “Zero Waste Guidelines” in partnership with GrowNYC to reduce city government spending on waste. There are several reasons why New York City’s goal of…  

The Working Homeless: Economic Precarity of Low-Wage Workers

A recent article from the New York Times describes the difficulties faced by low-wage workers experiencing poverty despite being employed. The author documents Vanessa Solivan and her three teenage children,…  

United States Foreign Policy and its Role in the Refugee Crisis

What exactly is a refugee? Who defined the word, and who decides how many are let into the United States? The term “refugee” has been used frequently in numerous contexts…  

The Illusory American Dream: Poverty and Income Inequality in the United States

The American dream of economic success and wealth accumulation continues to slip away from the tired hands of most Americans because of low wages, unchecked poverty, and the sexist gender…  

The NYC Ferry System: Analyzing Investment in Infrastructure

In June 2016, the NYC Economic Development Corporation began working on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to expand the ferries destinations along with creating new boats to fit the new…  

Year of the Woman: How New York’s Progressive Women Are Changing Politics

Many glass ceilings shattered for the first time in New York. Groundbreaking women like Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, and Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to…  

Why ‘Public Charge’ Hurts the American Dream

The traditional American Dream refers to a classic rag-to-riches story; the self-made visionaries who worked tirelessly to provide a better life for themselves have become integral to the image of…  

December 7, 2018

Expanding Cycling in New York’s Outer Boroughs

New York City has awakened to the potential of two-wheeled transportation. Since 2006, the city has built over 250 miles of protected bike lanes. CitiBike, the nation’s largest bike share…  

What the Democrats Have Failed to Learn Since 2016

The morning after Election Day on November 8, 2016 was supposed to be one of reckoning for Republicans in their support of an unpopular and divisive Presidential nominee. Instead, Democrats…  

How Vegetable Oil is Destroying the World’s Rainforests

It may seem counter-intuitive that vegetable oil as a biofuel could be hurting the planet. Using biofuel instead of coal, diesel, or petroleum sounds like a step toward a more…  

Innovative Mental Health Partnerships to Reduce Incarceration

As the campaign to close Rikers Island gains momentum, leaders and activists have proposed a host of reforms, from eliminating cash bail to ending solitary confinement for young inmates. But…  

H-1B Visa Premium Processing Suspension: A Plot to Further Delay Immigration into the U.S.?

Starting September 11, 2018, The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website stated that the government was extending its temporary suspension of premium processing for H-1B visa applicants until…  

What Ethnic Studies Can Offer to NYC Public School Students

Did you know that one of the largest mass lynchings in United States history was of 17 Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles? Did you know about the Mendez v. Westminster…  

May 30, 2018

Consumer Data Privacy Rights: The Time is NOW

The Obama-era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gained regulatory oversight over Internet service providers (ISPs) from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2015 when the FCC reclassified ISPs as telecommunications service…  

May 28, 2018

Curbing New York City’s Impending Garbage Crisis

There appears to be a recurring theme throughout New York City history as it relates to the management of its waste, by which its citizens respond more promptly to economic motivations…