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Our Political System Is Failing Our Planet. Climate Marchers Show There’s Another Way.

We need a fundamental political, economic, and social transformation to take on the climate crisis with true urgency.

A Telling Tale of Two Press Lords

Rupert Murdoch made the world safe for grand fortune. E.W. Scripps had a better idea.

Congressmembers Express Regret for U.S. Support of Pinochet Dictatorship as Chilean President Arrives in Washington

President Boric will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Chilean coup at the site of the assassination of two Institute for Policy Studies colleagues in 1976.

More Butterflies, Fewer Billionaires: Unrigging the Global Economy

The world has one last shot at reducing global inequality and saving the planet.
With a walking cane for support, a calm gray-haired senior woman resides in a modest apartment, seated on a sofa.

Poverty Made an Alarming Jump. Congress Should Have Stopped It.

It’s time for policymakers to listen to American workers and families instead of billionaires and corporate bosses.
A man holding Stop Asian Hate sign

Beware the Anti-China Sentiment Pushing Us Towards Another Cold War

If the United States can’t learn to cooperate with China, our future will be one of constant escalation of wars and threats of wars and all that comes with them

America’s Auto Workers: On Strike Against Inequality. Again.

UAW activists years ago helped usher in a vastly more equal society. Can history repeat?
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Activists gather to protest outside of Citigroup’s headquarters on September 14, 2023 in New York City. The activists, some whom are members of New York Communities for Change and Stop the Money Pipeline, participated in the protest over the bank's financial backing of the fossil fuel industries.

It Isn't Nice, But Climate Activists Will Block the Doorways

"There are nicer ways to do it. But the nice ways always fail.”

Reports and Resources

  • Todas Las Manos: Commemorating 50 Years Since the Military Coup in Chile

    September 9 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

    Exhibition of a five-part mural installation created by Francisco Letelier and artists from the Latin American Youth Center, celebrating the pursuit of human rights and global justice and commemorating the 1976 assassination in Washington of former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier (the artist's f...

  • Inside Biden’s Cuba Policy: Film Screening

    October 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Institute for Policy Studies

    An opportunity for audiences to learn more about the forces shaping the United States’ ongoing economic war against Cuba that includes a Q&A with Cuban Journalist Liz Oliva Fernandez.

  • Confronting Authoritarianism in Latin America: A Conversation with leading Human Rights Lawyers in El Salvador

    October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm at Washington College of Law, Ceremonial Classroom, NT01

    A Fireside Chat, moderated by AU Washington College of Law professor Robert K Goldman.

  • 47th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

    October 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Friends Meeting of Washington, DC

    Please join us at the 47th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards as IPS honors two outstanding champions of human rights and celebrates the work we do along with our allies to advance justice, peace, and dignity for all.

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