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This Moment, And the Next Steps for Social Change

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, professor of Africana Studies and Social Work at Stockton University, considers the history of the Civil Rights Movement in conjunction with today’s Black Lives Matter. In this essay, she offers Americans struggling for liberation and Black freedom a four-step plan for social change.

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Some Americans Don’t Trust the Census

The 2020 census is fraught with uncertainty for a variety of reasons, including a lack of money, a growing distrust in government and the months of debate over the now-dropped citizenship question – which the Census Bureau itself called a major barrier to participation.

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A Shortened Census Count Hurts Communities of Color

The 2020 Census will count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than actually live in the U.S. That will mean less public money for essential services in their communities, and less representation by elected officials at the state and federal levels.

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New Report: The Social Sciences are Vital for Business

The Campaign for Social Science’s new report, Vital Business: The Essential Role of Social Sciences in the UK Private Sector, argues that social science knowledge and expertise are key to understanding market opportunities and constraints and also helps in understanding current and future consumer behaviors.

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Heidi Larson on Vaccine Skepticism

As the toll from the COVID-19 pandemic increased, polling suggests counter-intuitively that resistance to a future vaccine has also risen. Anthropologist Heidi J. Larson identified several likely drivers of this, including scientists themselves.

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Coronavirus UK – Patrician Policymaking

The management of the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the hollowness of that alternative in policies that have been made by people with very narrow life experiences and imposed on others with whom there is, as Disraeli once said, ‘no intercourse and no sympathy’.

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Coronavirus UK – Is COVID-19 a Disease?

Having locked ourselves into a particular way of thinking and acting in relation to COVID-19, argues Robert Dingwall, it is very difficult for this to be questioned – but it must not go unchallenged if we are to balance the moral goals of medicine with the other moral goals that make up a good society.

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The Road to Police Reform Runs Through Their Insurers

Rashawn Ray’s research suggests that political stalemates over law enforcement accountability could be resolved by shifting civilian payouts for police misconduct away from taxpayer money to police department liability insurance policies.

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