The Consequences of War

February 24, 2022

In dark times, we must remake our world.

The Roosevelt Rundown features our top stories of the week.

We Must Remake Our World

The dangers of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine cannot be overstated.

The attack poses immediate harm to the safety and security of the Ukrainian people. It threatens to inflict economic pain and instability throughout the world.

And it reminds us that peace and prosperity are never inevitable: We must always protect and expand them for all.

“The world Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt faced, and remade, seems more remarkable and more important than ever,” Roosevelt President and CEO Felicia Wong tweeted today. 

“Even in dark times—especially in dark times—we must reimagine and remake our world, for the public good,” Wong writes


The Roosevelt Institute Welcomes Dr. Saule Omarova

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Saule Omarova as the newest senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. Dr. Omarova’s research will focus on structuring a democratically accountable, 21st-century industrial policy.

“I am honored to join the Roosevelt Institute, which is the natural home for fresh thinking about productively restructuring industries from finance to manufacturing,” Dr. Omarova said

“One of the best ways we can honor the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt is by updating their political and economic strategies to tackle the challenges of today’s world of globalized supply chains, hyper-financialization, and political polarization.”

Dr. Omarova has been a longtime partner of the Roosevelt Institute. Read her essay “Beyond Finance: Permissible Commercial Activities of US Financial Holding Companies,” part of a 2013 report coauthored by the Roosevelt Institute and Americans for Financial Reform. 


Keeping the Promise of Multiracial Democracy Alive

“This Black History Month, we recognize the individual and collective efforts of the long line of Black scholars, organizers, and activists who have championed the fight for racial justice. As we reflect on their legacies, we also see strong parallels between their historical fights and the ones we face in 2022,” write Roosevelt’s Mariama Badjie and Kyle Strickland. 

“Like the defenders of democracy in the 1960s fight for voting rights, today’s champions of voting rights recognize that the inclusion of Black and brown voters is essential to making our democracy the truest it has ever been. Giving up is not an option. We must continue the fight to keep the promise of multiracial democracy alive.”

Read more in “To Truly Honor Black History, Protect Voting Rights.”


What We’re Reading

Robust COVID Relief Achieved Historic Gains against Poverty and Hardship, Bolstered Economy – Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

White House Takes Aim at Environmental Racism, but Won’t Mention RaceNew York Times

Restarting Student Loan Payments Will Harm Black Women the MostTeen Vogue

For Low-Income Parents, No Day Care Often Means No PayWashington Post