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Police shootings of unarmed black men and boys in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York City and beyond have ignited protests and demands for change.  SSN scholars diagnose longstanding problems and suggest research-based reforms to improve enforcement and enhance community support for equitable policing. 

“We used to think about the men going out with their lunch bucket to their factory, and those were good jobs,” explains SSNer Jane Waldfogel in a recent New York Times analysis of work and family changes. “What’s the corresponding job today? It’s in the health care sector” – where middle-class careers for female family breadwinners are flourishing. 

Recently, scholars and civic activists convened at Harvard University to assess America’s progress on the road to gender equity – and lay out new strategies to strengthen female leadership and boost economic opportunities and security for women and their families.

Regional groups in the Scholars Strategy Network choose a graduate student fellow each year. Our third class includes fifteen young women and men studying at universities from the North to the South and from the Atlantic to the mid-Pacific. Each is doing cutting-edge research that speaks to critical public challenges.

Matthew Gratias
PhD Candidate in Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to urge the United States to prepare for war to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities, it is a good time to think through the ways military attacks could backfire on Israel, the United States, and the world community.

Nancy J. Altman
Social Security Works
Eric Kingson
Syracuse University

A new book explains why Social Security remains fiscally sound as one of the last bulwarks for the middle class. Two SSNers make the case for expanding the protections Social Security affords to families and retirees.

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