Policy Analysis

  • Implications of Blinken as Secretary of State

    November 25, 2020
    This week in DC, Trump pardons Michael Flynn; Reema Dodin selected for Biden Administration position; Coalitions forming around VP-elect Harris’ Senate seat replacement; Congress takes recess for Thanksgiving amid height of pandemic without passing a stimulus bill. Read more in MPAC's DC Weekly.

  • How did the Patriot Act impact you?

    October 26, 2020
    On this day, 19 years ago, the Bush administration passed the Patriot Act through Congress. We want to hear from you: has the Patriot Act impacted your life in the time since its passage?

  • Supreme Court Capture: What to Watch For

    September 25, 2020
    The GOP’s handling of the American judiciary has been described as a “conservative takeover”. In light of Justice Ginsberg’s passing, how strong is the threat of Supreme Court “capture”? Here, we analyze the path ahead for both parties.

  • 19 Years Later; Building a New from the Ashes of the Old

    September 11, 2020
    On this, the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks of 9/11, those oft-cited words, “we will never forget,” are as much a call to remember the nearly 3,000 casualties as they are a description of our contemporary American politics.

  • The USPS is Vital for Voters During a Pandemic

    August 19, 2020
    MPAC supports universal mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will not support any form of voter suppression, including President Trump’s obstruction of the USPS ability to successfully deliver the casted ballots of Americans before election day.

  • We Need Community-Based Policing, and the State Must Still Regulate

    July 20, 2020
    No matter what comes of this window wherein Congress focuses on police reforms, communities will need federal standards to guarantee that these new policing regimes are not derelict in their duties. MPAC supports the creation of a federal standard for all law enforcement agencies that promotes and codifies community engagement and includes passage of a nationwide ban on police violence and accountability for perpetrators, mandated community engagement, a national use of force policy, and the requirement of regular training on de-escalation tactics and implicit bias.

  • Police Reform is a Small Step, But We Need a Big Leap

    June 17, 2020
    In the time since the Minneapolis protests, the popular support has coalesced behind calls for substantial changes to policing and community safety. For these groups, police abolition means securing communities through community-led efforts, reinvestments in public health and education, and more just housing programs. There are also the proposals from city governments and councils dealing with public pressure, which will likely only result in a reconstruction of existing police forces. On Monday, Democrats in the House and Senate introduced their vision of what such reforms would look like: the Justice in Policing Act, a measure which is a compromise with the abolitionist proposals coming from social justice groups. The GOP has yet to submit a police reform proposal, though they have tasked the lone black Republican in the Senate, Sen. Tim Scott, with leading their efforts to do so. Election Day is fast approaching, and along with the coming of November 3rd will come a judgment on which public representatives were able to listen and heed the calls from the American majority.

  • Investing in Communities: A Human Security Budget

    June 5, 2020
    The international protests over George Floyd’s murder have cast into stark relief the need to change America’s policing system and rethink its role in communities. We propose a human security approach as a complement and necessary prerequisite to any system of justice. Law enforcement must also be trained to uphold the values of human security: care for the social fabric they are supposed to protect, interdependence between the city and communal stakeholders, and freedom from fear of injustice.

  • Department of Justice Seeks Dangerous Expansion of Authority

    March 27, 2020
    The outbreak of COVID-19 is shining a light on the limitations of the US economy and healthcare system, which need massive improvement to handle a crisis of this magnitude. It has also spurred behind the scenes efforts by the White House and law enforcement agencies to expand their judicial and surveillance authority. These attempts set a dangerous precedent, as they seek to monitor our locations and access private information while effectively foregoing the passing of necessary progressive legislation.

  • Coronavirus Legislation Tracker

    March 26, 2020
    MPAC’s summary, analysis and tracking on all relevant Coronavirus legislation. We hope this will highlight the important work being done in the public interest, as well as keep you abreast of the impending changes to vital government programs.


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