Top Priority: ideas for human flourishing

Grassroots Leadership Academy’s issue education provides instruction on important policy issues. Whether you want to get the facts or change minds on a hot topic, these classes are for you. 

These programs address key issues facing our nation, such as criminal justice reform, global trade, the dangers of excessive regulation, and more. 

Classes are led by policy experts and grassroots leaders. They last 45-60 minutes, with time for questions. 

Interested in a specific course? View our programs below and click on the lecture for more information. 

Priority Initiative: Business

The ABCs of ABC laws

Enjoying an alcoholic beverage is the preferred choice of some to reward themselves after a long week. But current state laws prohibit or hinder the ability to buy a drink. The ABCs of ABC laws looks at the barriers that Alcoholic Beverage Control imposes on alcohol producers and consumers, as well as how these laws can be amended to become mutually beneficial for all.

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The ABCs of ABC laws

The ABCs of ABC laws

Enjoying an alcoholic beverage is the preferred choice of some to reward themselves after a long week. But current state laws prohibit or hinder the ability to buy a drink. The ABCs of ABC laws looks at the barriers that Alcoholic Beverage Control imposes on alcohol producers and consumers, as well as how these laws can be amended to become mutually beneficial for all.

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Corporate Welfare: Energy Mandates

When energy mandates are enacted prices are inflated below market levels and the free market and capitalism are distorted. Learn about different types of energy subsidies and how they affect the market and your wallet.

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Corporate Welfare: Energy Mandates

Corporate Welfare: Energy Mandates

When energy mandates are enacted prices are inflated below market levels and the free market and capitalism are distorted. Learn about different types of energy subsidies and how they affect the market and your wallet.

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Hoodwinked and Bamboozled: Horrors of Economic Development

When regulations are written to benefit one industry or company over another, opportunity is limited for some at the expense of all. This session will explore how politicians and lobbyists often work together to subvert the free market by using taxpayer dollars to pick winners and losers in the economy.

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Hoodwinked and Bamboozled: Horrors of Economic Development

Hoodwinked and Bamboozled: Horrors of Economic Development

When regulations are written to benefit one industry or company over another, opportunity is limited for some at the expense of all. This session will explore how politicians and lobbyists often work together to subvert the free market by using taxpayer dollars to pick winners and losers in the economy.

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Corporate Welfare: Hollywood Handouts

Hollywood is telling a fairytale for the ages in terms of how tax breaks benefit the communities where movies are filmed. This presentation explains why Hollywood welfare has been an economic loser for states that participate in these programs and how this affects the box office.

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Corporate Welfare: Hollywood Handouts

Corporate Welfare: Hollywood Handouts

Hollywood is telling a fairytale for the ages in terms of how tax breaks benefit the communities where movies are filmed. This presentation explains why Hollywood welfare has been an economic loser for states that participate in these programs and how this affects the box office.

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Problems of External Barriers: Occupational Licensing

Why is it that nearly every worker needs government permission to legally go about his or her business? This presentation explores the intentions behind occupational licensing, its unintended consequences on consumers and workers, and how you can drive change that will improve people’s lives, especially the most vulnerable. No permission slip required for admittance!

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Problems of External Barriers: Occupational Licensing

Problems of External Barriers: Occupational Licensing

Why is it that nearly every worker needs government permission to legally go about his or her business? This presentation explores the intentions behind occupational licensing, its unintended consequences on consumers and workers, and how you can drive change that will improve people’s lives, especially the most vulnerable. No permission slip required for admittance!

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Priority Initiative: Economic Opportunity

Affording Our Future

Will the full benefits of Social Security be paid out by the time you retire? If current trends continue, it won’t be. Find out what needs to happen to preserve the largest government spending program and what you can do to afford your retirement.
 

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Affording Our Future

Affording Our Future

Will the full benefits of Social Security be paid out by the time you retire? If current trends continue, it won’t be. Find out what needs to happen to preserve the largest government spending program and what you can do to afford your retirement. 

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Certificate-of-Need Laws: How Government Limits the Supply of Health Care

Imagine if you needed the government’s permission every time you wanted to make an improvement in your life. Every day, health care providers seeking to install more hospital beds, buy new X-ray machines, open nursing homes, and improve their patient’s care experience face this frustrating scenario. Learn how certificate-of-need laws prevent health care providers from offering the best possible care at the lowest possible prices, especially in underserved communities.

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Certificate-of-Need Laws: How Government Limits the Supply of Health Care

Certificate-of-Need Laws: How Government Limits the Supply of Health Care

Imagine if you needed the government’s permission every time you wanted to make an improvement in your life. Every day, health care providers seeking to install more hospital beds, buy new X-ray machines, open nursing homes, and improve their patient’s care experience face this frustrating scenario. Learn how certificate-of-need laws prevent health care providers from offering the best possible care at the lowest possible prices, especially in underserved communities.

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Economic Myth Busters

This program explains how to observe the seen and unseen effects of economic policies and equip you to fight back against common economic fallacies.
 

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Economic Myth Busters

Economic Myth Busters

This program explains how to observe the seen and unseen effects of economic policies and equip you to fight back against common economic fallacies.  

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Freeing Labor: Right to Work

This session examines the claims made by labor unions regarding the 40-hour work week, child labor laws, and workplace safety standards. We will confront the toughest arguments made against right-to-work laws and provide a vision of the positive role labor unions can play in supporting the workers’ individual liberties.
 

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Freeing Labor: Right to Work

Freeing Labor: Right to Work

This session examines the claims made by labor unions regarding the 40-hour work week, child labor laws, and workplace safety standards. We will confront the toughest arguments made against right-to-work laws and provide a vision of the positive role labor unions can play in supporting the workers’ individual liberties. 

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The Importance of Black Economic Empowerment | Parts I and II

Why is it so hard to get ahead? Why is it difficult for me to start my own business? How can I better serve my community? Learn more about black economic empowerment and the importance of economic freedom.

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The Importance of Black Economic Empowerment | Parts I and II

The Importance of Black Economic Empowerment | Parts I and II

Why is it so hard to get ahead? Why is it difficult for me to start my own business? How can I better serve my community? Learn more about black economic empowerment and the importance of economic freedom.

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Innovation in Health Care

Learn how innovations in health care technology are bringing physician-based online consultation and monitoring throughout the U.S. and helping more Americans receive more accessible, affordable health care. This lecture features education on telemedicine technology, videos from experts, and policy information.

 

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Innovation in Health Care

Innovation in Health Care

Learn how innovations in health care technology are bringing physician-based online consultation and monitoring throughout the U.S. and helping more Americans receive more accessible, affordable health care. This lecture features education on telemedicine technology, videos from experts, and policy information. 

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The Moral Case for Capitalism

This session examines the claims made by labor unions regarding the 40-hour work week, child labor laws, and workplace safety standards. We will confront the toughest arguments made against right-to-work laws and provide a vision of the positive role labor unions can play in supporting the workers’ individual liberties.
 

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The Moral Case for Capitalism

The Moral Case for Capitalism

This program explains how and why capitalism is the fairest, most beneficial economic system for human well-being in history and gives you ideas for sharing this message with friends and neighbors. 

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The Power of Economic Freedom

Why is it so hard to get ahead? Why is it difficult for me to start my own business? How can I better serve my community? Learn more about black economic empowerment and the importance of economic freedom.

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The Power of Economic Freedom

The Power of Economic Freedom

Explore how economic freedom is a key component of the American dream and prosperity worldwide. This interactive course equips you with the knowledge and tools to be a champion for economic freedom in your neighborhood, community, state, and beyond so people can live longer, happier lives.

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The VA MISSION Act

Learn how innovations in health care technology are bringing physician-based online consultation and monitoring throughout the U.S. and helping more Americans receive more accessible, affordable health care. This lecture features education on telemedicine technology, videos from experts, and policy information.

 

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The VA MISSION Act

The VA MISSION Act

Learn how the 2018 Veteran Affairs (VA) MISSION Act is making significant strides to ensure veterans can choose health care from community providers when appropriate. You’ll understand how this bill was passed and the role citizen activism played in achieving VA reform.  

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Priority Initiative: Education

The Case for Educational Options

It’s good public policy to give families the opportunity to choose a school that best fits their needs. This session covers how educational freedom is removing barriers for students and what kind of educational choice programs operate in America. You’ll also gain the messaging tools to communicate the value of educational freedom to your community.

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The Case for Educational Options

The Case for Educational Options

It’s good public policy to give families the opportunity to choose a school that best fits their needs. This session covers how educational freedom is removing barriers for students and what kind of educational choice programs operate in America. You’ll also gain the messaging tools to communicate the value of educational freedom to your community.

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Charter Schools

Charter schools have the freedom to pursue specific educational objectives leading to better outcomes for students. This session questions some of the myths surrounding charter schools and gives you the skills you need to talk about the benefits of educational freedom.

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Charter Schools

Charter Schools

Charter schools have the freedom to pursue specific educational objectives leading to better outcomes for students. This session questions some of the myths surrounding charter schools and gives you the skills you need to talk about the benefits of educational freedom.

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Priority Initiative: Free Speech & Peace

Free Speech on College Campuses

Colleges and universities were once places that embraced intellectual diversity. This outlook has changed as these institutions fail to uphold the promises of freedom of expression, assembly, and religion for students and faculty. In this session, you’ll learn what freedom of speech means to you and how you see it playing out on campus.
 

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Free Speech on College Campuses

Free Speech on College Campuses

Colleges and universities were once places that embraced intellectual diversity. This outlook has changed as these institutions fail to uphold the promises of freedom of expression, assembly, and religion for students and faculty. In this session, you’ll learn what freedom of speech means to you and how you see it playing out on campus.  

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Express Yourself: Unleashing the Power of the First Amendment

The First Amendment is the bedrock of America. Recognize the powerful role free expression plays by examining its cultural, legal, and significance. Learn how you can engage in free expression and protect the First Amendment to drive societal progress.

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Express Yourself: Unleashing the Power of the First Amendment

Express Yourself: Unleashing the Power of the First Amendment

The First Amendment is the bedrock of America. Recognize the powerful role free expression plays by examining its cultural, legal, and significance. Learn how you can engage in free expression and protect the First Amendment to drive societal progress.

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Priority Initiative: Trade & Foreign Policy

American Trade: Treasure Island or Fantasy Island?

When trade occurs between nations, it’s possible to turn corn into new cars. Though it seems impossible, this presentation explains how trade creates prosperity, increases your standard of living, and gives you things you don’t even know you wanted.

 

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American Trade: Treasure Island or Fantasy Island?

American Trade: Treasure Island or Fantasy Island?

When trade occurs between nations, it’s possible to turn corn into new cars. Though it seems impossible, this presentation explains how trade creates prosperity, increases your standard of living, and gives you things you don’t even know you wanted.
 

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Foreign Policy: When Do We Choose to Go to War?

Should we go to war with Iran? What about Venezuela? Should we isolate ourselves, enforce our values on the world, or something in between? Learn what our foreign policy of hegemony has cost the U.S. abroad and here at home, and what a better foreign policy might look like for the 21st century.

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Foreign Policy: When Do We Choose to Go to War?

Foreign Policy: When Do We Choose to Go to War?

Should we go to war with Iran? What about Venezuela? Should we isolate ourselves, enforce our values on the world, or something in between? Learn what our foreign policy of hegemony has cost the U.S. abroad and here at home, and what a better foreign policy might look like for the 21st century.

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Priority Initiative: Strong and Safe Communities

Criminal Justice Reform: An Overview

This Insight to Action focuses on our shared goal of protecting communities by incorporating evidence-based policy to achieve justice, keep our country and community safe, and empower all persons to achieve their potential.
 

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Criminal Justice Reform: An Overview

Criminal Justice Reform: An Overview

This Insight to Action focuses on our shared goal of protecting communities by incorporating evidence-based policy to achieve justice, keep our country and community safe, and empower all persons to achieve their potential. 

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Criminal Justice Reform: Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil asset forfeiture allows private property to be seized and held, regardless of someone’s guilt or innocence. How can we protect innocent people from having the government take their property? Learn about the nuances of civil asset forfeiture, common misconceptions about it, and ways to mobilize against it.

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Criminal Justice Reform: Civil Asset Forfeiture

Criminal Justice Reform: Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil asset forfeiture allows private property to be seized and held, regardless of someone’s guilt or innocence. How can we protect innocent people from having the government take their property? Learn about the nuances of civil asset forfeiture, common misconceptions about it, and ways to mobilize against it.

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Mandatory Minimums

What are the unintended consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing? This Insight to Action examines the history of mandatory minimums, their effect on a free society, and evaluates how criminal sentencing policy can ensure safer communities.

 

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Mandatory Minimums

Mandatory Minimums

What are the unintended consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing? This Insight to Action examines the history of mandatory minimums, their effect on a free society, and evaluates how criminal sentencing policy can ensure safer communities.  

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A Vision for Society and Immigration

What does immigration look like in a society of equal rights and mutual benefit? Join us for a conversation about what’s possible when we take a principled look at immigration in the United States.

 

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A Vision for Society and Immigration

A Vision for Society and Immigration

What does immigration look like in a society of equal rights and mutual benefit? Join us for a conversation about what’s possible when we take a principled look at immigration in the United States.
 

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The History of Immigration in the U.S.

Civil asset forfeiture allows private property to be seized and held, regardless of someone’s guilt or innocence. How can we protect innocent people from having the government take their property? Learn about the nuances of civil asset forfeiture, common misconceptions about it, and ways to mobilize against it.

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The History of Immigration in the U.S.

The History of Immigration in the U.S.

Immigration is an issue on many peoples’ minds, but how much do we really know about it? This course surveys the history of immigration in America, examines the challenges and benefits of immigration, and offers a better vision for its future.

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The Proper Role of the Supreme Court

Have you wondered why certain words can’t be said on the radio program you listen to on your commute, or why you can’t reserve a spot in front of your home to park your car? These and other rules can be traced back to the Supreme Court. Is having this much influence over your freedom good and proper? Find out as you learn how the Court has moved beyond its intended role and what that means for you.

 

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The Proper Role of the Supreme Court

The Proper Role of the Supreme Court

Have you wondered why certain words can’t be said on the radio program you listen to on your commute, or why you can’t reserve a spot in front of your home to park your car? These and other rules can be traced back to the Supreme Court. Is having this much influence over your freedom good and proper? Find out as you learn how the Court has moved beyond its intended role and what that means for you.  

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