2021 Victories, Education Justice, Omicron and More

Posted on December 29, 2021

Protection from COVID-19 Act: Vaccination for COVID-19 is safe and effective, and residents should never be put at risk of infection because they’ve interacted with a public servant. The Protection from COVID-19 Act directs health agencies to ensure that vaccine is accessible to all and requires both elected officials and government employees to be vaccinated, with only narrowly-drawn exceptions.

Ten really good laws enacted in 2021: In addition to the education victories highlighted below, there were many laws enacted in 2021 that you might want to push in your state or locality. For ten of them, with hyperlinks to the bills, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Despite Early Warnings of an Omicron Surge, Testing Remains a Problem Nationwide: Notwithstanding the urgency of the Omicron variant, COVID-19 tests have become hard to get, as explained by the director of the CDC on the NPR Politics Podcast.

How Telegram won the far-right social media war of 2021: In a competition among Parler, Gab, Rumble and others, it is Telegram which has become the platform of choice for right-wing extremists. Based in Dubai, Telegram is also extremely popular with Islamic extremists, including ISIS.

2021 Education Justice Victories that Give us Hope for 2022: Good things happened and, of the eight victories listed by the Schott Foundation, seven took place at the state or local levels.

How America Changed for the Better and Worse: Watch an excellent two-minute video from the Schott Foundation about state legislation in 2021. PLI helped with the research.