ACS Issue Briefs

See below all issue briefs since January 2017. Click here for past issue briefs.


Protecting Franchisees and Workers in Fast Food Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the tragic consequences of worker maltreatment. The impact on fast work workers has been particularly acute, with line cooks facing a 60 percent increase in mortality associated with the pandemic – the highest of any occupation – and Latino and Latina foodservice workers seeing a 39 percent increase in mortality. […]

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Racial Biases, Discrimination, and the Infringement of Civil Liberties in Times of Health Crisis

The death toll associated with the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, has now surpassed a staggering 700,000 losses in the United States. To place this suffering in context, more Americans died during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic than all the American deaths suffered during the Vietnam War; the fatalities due to […]

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A Dangerous Adventure: No Safeguards Would Protect Basic Liberties from an Article V Convention

Despite their support for all kinds of constitutional amendments, many advocates on both the left and the right oppose the calling of a constitutional convention. As David Super, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Economics at Georgetown University Law Center, explains in a new ACS Issue Brief, “[t]he reason is simple: as soon as an Article V convention convened, it could pursue any agenda it chose. … Fears of such a “runaway convention” have united people across the political spectrum to work against this dangerous adventure.”

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Rethinking our Counterterrorism Framework: How to Address Domestic Terrorism Twenty Years after 9/11

Two decades into the U.S. war on terror, concerns over white supremacist and anti-government political violence have spurred calls for new legal authorities and responses to “domestic terrorism.” Many of these calls are predicated on the need for a new counterterrorism campaign patterned on tools and strategies adopted after 9/11. Yet such calls overlook serious flaws in the preventative counterterrorism framework undertaken for the past two decades. This Issue Brief cautions against the expansion of the domestic terrorism legal regime, especially the creation of new domestic terrorism criminal charges, from the vantage point of the 20-year war on terror.

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