Robert P. Alvarez is a Media Associate at the Institute for Policy Studies. In addition to press and media relations work, Robert writes for IPS and its in-house publications, including the weekly IPS newsletter and a monthly column for

As an undergraduate, Robert studied communications and public affairs at California State University, Chico, where he went on to study political science and public policy as a graduate student.

Robert has worked with a variety of stakeholders including those from criminal justice reform, international development, affordable housing, education, and policy backgrounds. His research interests include voting rights, elections, criminal justice reform, inequality, and Latinx issues.

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Rural Towns Deserve Better Than Prison Jobs

Rural prison towns need jobs. There are better ones than guarding people in cages.

Killing to Show That Killing Is Wrong

As Arizona’s push to revive Nazi-era gas executions shows, the death penalty is barbaric.

Humanizing the People Police Kill

The standard, often unreliable reporting on police killings dehumanizes victims — a fact my own family knows too well.

Voter Suppression Is An Attack On Democracy — And My Faith

My faith teaches me to stand with the marginalized, whose voting rights are now under sustained assault.

Biden Needs to Keep His Promises on Immigration

The new administration has made some welcome changes, but Biden isn’t living up to all his promises — especially on detention.

Mass Incarceration Is Declining — But Not For Women

The next administration needs to address this crisis and the war on drugs driving it.

Tax the Rich. School the Children. Pay the Teachers.

After making the case that universal preschool is even more important under the pandemic, advocates easily won the vote by a 64-36 margin.

Alarming New Report Exposes Dangerous Link Between Fossil-Fueled Politicians and Anti-Protest Laws

Muzzling Dissent exposes the money trail linking corporate lobbyists, elected officials, and anti-protest laws.

A Bittersweet Hispanic Heritage Month

This year, we’re facing high COVID-19 infection rates, job losses, and voter suppression. But we are resilient.

Save Lives. Fill Out Your Census.

Taking the census ensures your community gets its fair share of funding — and representation — during the pandemic and beyond.

I Was Tear Gassed in Portland — and Not Just by Feds

Police departments are over-militarized at the local level, too. Ending the 1033 program is one way to change that.

Land of the Unfree

This July 4, let’s lay claim to the freedom and equality we’ve celebrated for centuries, but seldom practiced.

A Simple Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis in Prisons

Prison infection rates are out of control. We must release more vulnerable and low-risk people now if we’re serious about public safety.

The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Protect the 2020 Election

We need no-excuse absentee voting now — and that’s the bare minimum.

Advisory: 80 Experts Agree Green New Deal, Youth Climate Movement Keys to Defeating the Global Far-Right

Join a press call with international experts on the prospects for rolling back far-right movements in 2020.

Republicans, Not Russians, Threaten Our Elections

When turnout climbs, Republicans lose. No wonder they’re closing polling places and purging voters all over the country.

In Mass Shootings, Motive Matters

If we omit the El Paso shooter’s motive, we risk erasing the victims — minimizing them to footnotes in the coverage of yet another mass shooting.

Return of the Poll Tax

Florida’s anti-democratic poll tax will cost the state hundreds of thousands of voters — and hundreds of millions of dollars.

Let Prison Inmates Vote

Mass incarceration is now a bipartisan concern. Its effects on our democracy should be, too.

Abolish the Electoral College, Empower the People

Republicans don’t respect Americans enough to let them pick their own president.

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Criminal Justice Reform, Elections, Inequality, Latinx Issues, Voting Rights

Let’s Get Rid of the Police

The Progressive | July 13, 2021