Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

The Homosexual Agenda: Is the Supreme Court the Arena of Last Resort?

By Alexander Chakrin Published April 26, 2014

Gay marriage advocates should continue to take broad strategies to achieving marriage equality. Popular support for marriage equality is essential for the advancement of the movement, regardless of whether or not the Supreme Court rules in favor of a right to marriage.


New Frontiers, New Debates: Privacy and National Security in 2014

By Alexander Chakrin Published March 23, 2014

"Obamacare" is a progressive achievement that works to reconcile flaws in the health care system, but it needs to be sold to the American public in the right way.


Privacy Vs. Protection: Is it time to be afraid of the NSA?

By Alexander Chakrin Published October 31, 2013

Can a government's unrestricted right to protect its citizens become a burden on society? The 4th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures". However, Congress and the executive branch have strayed from the language of the Constitution and engaged in illegal wiretapping of Americans abroad.


Voter Identification Laws Unconstitutionally Restrict the Right to Vote

By Alexander Chakrin Published October 15, 2013

The 15th Amendment reads that "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race"; this blunt language ensures that voting is not just for the wealthy white classes, but for all people regardless of race. Whether confined to property owning white men, all white men or all men, the institution of the ballot has been consistently under attack by the institutions of power.