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Scientists Shouldn’t Listen to the Fossil Fuel Industry. Geoengineering is a Scam.

Oil and gas companies aren't only polluting our air, water, and soil. They've injected themselves into our education system as well.

About 100 Million Americans Are Effectively Hidden by Official Poverty Statistics

Millions of us are living in poverty — we need investments to raise the standard of living.

The Threat of Bolton Has Receded — But Not the Threat of War

Bolton’s bellicose worldview is the basic operating system of the Trump administration.

What the Felicity Huffman Scandal Says About America

Low-income parents risk jail for putting their kids in better public schools, while the rich bribe colleges to shut the poor out.

Immigration Is a Climate Issue

The United States, the top historic contributor to carbon emissions, has been treating climate refugees from its own pollution as threats. We can do better.

John Bolton Ousted As National Security Advisor

John Bolton's tenure as National Security Advisor has officially ended, but whether U.S.-Iran talks will resume are still uncertain.

Concentrated Wealth Kills

Two new reports out of Washington trace our growing economic divide and the high price we pay, in dollars and lives, for letting that divide fester.

Government Secrecy Is More Damaging to Public Health Than Nuclear Fallout

When it comes to nuclear weapons and energy programs, governments have been willing to send their people into harm’s way with impunity.

Reports and Resources

  • Building a Peace Economy – Shrink the Pentagon for People and Planet

    September 21 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm at Greater Lansing Area

    Shrink the Pentagon for People and Planet”

  • Sheridan Circle Memorial Service 2019

    September 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Sheridan Circle

    Please join us to remember Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, who were assassinated on this site in 1976 by agents of the Pinochet dictatorship.

  • Chuck Collins

    Chuck Collins Keynote Talk “Wealthy Come Home”

    September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Misericordia University, Insalaco Hall, Rooms 218 & 219

    All are welcome to join Chuck for his Keynote Talk on the Ethics of Economic Inequality, with an invitation for “those of us who hold and control wealth to… come home,” part of the University’s Mercy Heritage Celebration Week.

  • What went wrong? The Unexpected Downturn in Korea-Japan Relations

    September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Institute for Policy Studies

    A seminar on the deeper causes of the conflict and whether there is hope for building a new consensus between these two countries, and in the region.

  • Restoring Progressive Taxation and Bringing Wealth Home

    September 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm at Robert A. Jones ‘59 House Conference Room

    Chuck Collins from IPS will speak about inequality the root causes of inequalities of wealth and power across our society and public policies that would effectively reverse the four decades of inequality.

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