Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Final Report of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Released

In January 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 13995, establishing a new COIVD-19 Health Equity Task Force. The Task Force’s mission is to recommend “actions to mitigate health inequities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent such inequities in the future.” Their final report proposes five Priority...

Assessing Racial Equity in Disaster Management

RAND Corporation performed a literature review and exploratory study on racial equity, and how disasters can magnify the challenges already present for diverse community members. According to the report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made an effort to address racial inequity...

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Women Peace and Security Index 2021/22

“This third edition of the global Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Index provides important insights into patterns and progress on women’s status and empowerment around the world. It reflects a shared vision that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights and opportunities.” This...

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Climate Change Denial: The Toxic Ten

Climate change denial, as described by a recent report published by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, “obfuscates the truth by overwhelming us with claims and questions designed in bad faith to confuse the debate so action is delayed.” Furthermore, the Center for Countering Digital Hate has calculated that the...

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Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons

The Sentencing Project has recently released the following report, Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons. This study examines the racial disparities that exist for Black and Latinx Americans in state prisons across the country, and provides recommendations for criminal justice reform. In total, Black Americans are...

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Updated Assessment on COVID-19 Origins

The President of the United States has requested that the Intelligence Community (IC) update their “previous judgments” on the origins of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. According to this assessment, “All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident.” The IC states...