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What’s the best way to protect the rights of workers? Let them determine their own job preferences, or mandate that companies provide them with certain protections? California has chosen to take the latter path. Has it worked? Is it a victory for workers, or a debilitating defeat? IWF's Patrice Onwuka looks into these questions. Her findings may surprise you.

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley

Community

Fact.

We need to increase the number of beat cops
  • Police maintain public order and safety, enforce laws, and prevent and investigate crime. Studies show that the mere presence of additional officers in a neighborhood can reduce crime.
  • Reducing the number of cops on the street and slashing police budgets will leave minorities, who are disproportionately victimized by violent crime, in an even more vulnerable position.
  • Americans of all colors understand this and want more police officers, not fewer, in their neighborhoods.
  • Police officers need better training and reforms that reduce officer fatigue.

By: Patrice Onwuka

Energy

Fact.

The United States is a leader in creating a clean environment
  • Americans have commuted less in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. But even absent this trend, U.S. emissions have decreased dramatically down to around their 1980 levels thanks to a combination of renewable energy and cleaner traditional energy sources.
  • This is the largest absolute decline among all countries since 2000.
  • The United States has also worked to “clean up” more traditional power sources with the result that power plants have much reduced emissions of mercury, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide.

By: Charlotte Whelan

Health

Fact.

Our system is over-regulated
  • Prior to the pandemic, there were many rules in place that made health care more bureaucratic, slow and expensive.
  • States and the federal government acted swiftly to get rid of unnecessary red tape (e.g., the recognition of medical licenses across state lines, the expansion of telehealth) with no impact on patient care.
  • This suggests that many regulations in health care were never needed in the first place. One solution is to make COVID-19 deregulatory changes permanent to foster flexibility and lower costs.

By: Hadley Heath Manning

Law

Fact.

Adding the 1972 ERA to the Constitution now would undermine representative democracy
  • More than 62 percent of eligible voters in 2020 were not born or were too young to vote when Congress sent the ERA to the states in 1972.
  • These voters have ot had a chance to consider the consequences of the proposed ERA or to weigh in, through their elected representatives, on whether it should be adopted.
  • Adding an amendment proposed in 1972 to the Constitution now would now undermine the right of today’s voters to participate in the amendment process as required by Article V.

By: Jennifer C. Braceras

Paid Leave

Fact.

There are better ways to support paid leave

By: Kristin Shapiro

Economy

Fact.

The rising repression of China’s techno-tyranny threatens human rights
  • China’s regime regards such basic rights as free speech, or freedom of assembly, as threats to its power, and punishes those who try to exercise them.  
  • China’s recent experiments in repression include the establishment of brain-washing concentration camps for Uyghur Muslims in the western part of the country, along with the more traditional prisons and labor camps to which dissidents can be consigned. 
  • The government uses ubiquitous surveillance, censorship, and a system of “social credit” to help keep people in line. Dissidents sometimes simply disappear.

By: Claudia Rosett

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