For this weeks blog I am asking you to review the final paper assignment on blackboard. Each student will post their responses to the questions below regarding the case study of your choice. Below are the case studies. Review them, choose one and answer the questions below. This activity will help you write your final paper and prepare you to make a plan.
NOTE: You may need to do additional research to learn about the issues in each case study.
For this blog post you will be asked to respond to another persons post. This is your opportunity to support one another in developing your own personal political ideology. Your ideology will highly influence the route you take to address each issue.
Case Study #1
An ongoing campaign in a low-income, immigrant neighborhood has succeeded in uniting a coalition of residents, local businesses, youth groups and faith groups to stop developers from using the neighborhood as an illegal dumping ground. The environmental coalition, Quality for Life, is strong, but lately participation has waned and the group has spent the majority of its funds on the anti-dumping campaign. Though the dumping has stopped, the coalition would like to address a long-term concern with several industries nearby that they suspect are not complying with pollution caps and limits. The neighborhood in and around the industries has a higher than average childhood asthma rate.
Case Study #2
After a rise in robberies at gunpoint and other violent crime with weapons in a downtown area, the local Police Department has adopted a policy of “stop-and-frisk” on demand. A newspaper investigation recently found that male police officers have been stopping a high proportion of women and subjecting them to humiliating body frisks, even though the rate of guns found on men and women is very low. Civil rights leaders are now arguing that the bulk of stop-and-frisk encounters are legally unjustified.
Case Study #3
A developer has submitted plans to build a mall including a grocery store, drugstore and several retail shops. The grocery store is needed in the neighborhood, which currently has only small markets that don’t sell any fresh produce. However, developing the land in question would require building an access road that would divert traffic into a nearby residential neighborhood where many families live. It would require widening roads in the neighborhood by claiming some land in front of houses. No one has calculated how much traffic would increase, but the road near the mall is a major artery.