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Posted: Thu. July 7, 2022, 10:17am PT

Why are there more homeless now than 10-20 years ago? Government policies have a lot to do with it, but there are several problems that lead to the increase. Mary L. G. Theroux talks about solutions to homelessness using an example that is working in San Antonio, TX. Mary has produced the documentary film Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope showing how it can be possible to solve this problem in any community.

Posted: Thu. July 7, 2022, 9:35am PT

Resisting unprecedented political and ideological pressure—including public violence and an attempted assassination of a sitting Justice—the U.S. Supreme Court just issued two 6-3 decisions demonstrating the majority’s resolve. In Bruen, the Court struck down New York state’s discretionary handgun licensing law, as a violation of the 2nd Amendment. In Dobbs, it ruled that there is no Constitutional right to abortion, as asserted by Roe, and that therefore states, not federal courts, have jurisdiction over abortion law. Was the Court wise—or foolish—to turn a blind eye to public opinion regarding these momentous rulings?

Posted: Thu. June 30, 2022, 4:37pm PT

How are Second Amendment rights affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen? Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right of the People or a Privilege of the Ruling Class? discusses the recent ruling and the expansion of right to carry laws in states that previously have denied those rights.

Posted: Wed. June 29, 2022, 4:16pm PT

Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, author of The Right to Bear Arms is interviewed on the Liz Callaway Long Story Short podcast. Halbrook discusses the origins of the Second Amendment and the history of the right to bear arms. He discusses the Supreme Court's role, including the recent New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, in protecting rights of lawful gun ownership. Halbrook also discusses the recent bipartisan gun safety law.

Posted: Tue. June 21, 2022, 4:28pm PT

Inflation spirals to a 40-year high; but should we be surprised, given federal fiscal policy? Ukraine’s agony drags on; will the economic after-effects also drag on and, more importantly, will Russia’s slogging success end up triggering a Chinese move against Taiwan that puts the U.S. in a quandary? Then there’s homelessness: is there any way out for the growing numbers of people trapped in the “homeless-industrial complex”?

Posted: Thu. June 16, 2022, 10:16am PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux appears on the The Bill Meyer Show on KMED in Medford, OR. There are many reasons for homelessness and each individual has their own path to the streets. A model of individual care that is working in San Antonio, TX can work in other cities, says Theroux. She is the narrator and producer of the film Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope and the policy report Beyond Homeless: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes, Transformative Solutions. Too much money is being wasted on programs that aren’t working, she adds.

Posted: Mon. June 13, 2022, 4:37pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux appears on WSJK in Champaign, IL. There are many factors which create homelessness and the solutions involve several touchpoints. Mary discusses her policy report and documentary film about solving homelessness and the success of a program in San Antonio, TX called Haven for Hope which offers access to several services including addiction recovery, life skills and other help for each individual.

Posted: Mon. June 13, 2022, 2:47pm PT

Independent Institute Chairman and CEO Mary L. G. Theroux appears on WERC radio in Birmingham, Alabama. Mary talks about her research in creating the policy report and documentary film about solving homelessness. Mary details the causes of homelessness and how the federal government has not been able to begin to solve it. The solution is a coordinated, community effort of public and private services, individually designed for each person who is homeless. It's working elsewhere and it can work in California.