Brian Wakamo is an Inequality Research Analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies. He assists in maintaining and updating the Inequality.org fact section with the latest data on various forms of inequality, along with working with the American Postal Workers Union on countering privatization, and helping with general data visualization and social media for the Inequality.org team.

Prior to working at IPS, he was a Next Leader in the Global Economy project at IPS in the spring of 2018, and before that, he also interned at ONE DC, helping fight gentrification, and at Let America Vote, where he organized and gathered support for voting rights. He graduated from the American University in May 2018 with a BA in International Studies with a focus on global inequality and development. He is from Atlanta, Georgia.

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Georgians Can’t Let the Postal Service Fail

Georgians of all stripes will suffer if the USPS goes bankrupt, but African Americans, rural folks, and veterans will bear the brunt of it.

Postal Bankruptcy Would Hit Rural America Hardest

The 15 most rural states would face heavy blows to jobs, revenue, mail and package deliveries, and voting rights.

Athletes Are Supporting Stadium Workers. Why Aren’t More Owners?

The owners of sports teams make billions off low-wage stadium workers. With games suspended, those workers deserve help.

The Government Needs to Act Now to Save Lives — and Build a More Equal System

Medical care is disproportionately available to the rich. To fix this, we need a massive humanitarian response to the coronavirus by the federal government.

To Reduce Inequality in the Election Process, All States Should Allow Voting At Home

Letting people fill out ballots at their kitchen table and pop them in the mail reduces economic barriers to participation for low-income Americans.

In Blow to Privatizers, House Passes Postal Financial Relief

The bipartisan bill would ease financial challenges critics use to justify postal worker wage cuts and selling parts of USPS to for-profit corporations.

Progressive Experts Rebut Trump’s False Claims About Shared Prosperity

In his State of the Union address, the president made a poor attempt to conceal the continued rise in economic inequality under his administration.

NFL Owners Want Politics out of Their Sport — Unless It Comes From Them

The NFL strives to keep politics out of football ahead of the Super Bowl, except for when it comes from billionaire owners.

Save the Minor Leagues

Driven by greed, Major League Baseball wants to kill 42 franchises in the towns that made baseball America’s pastime.

Postal Pay Cuts Provoked a General Strike in Finland. US Postal Workers Deserve the Same Solidarity.

The Prime Minister resigned over the nationwide protests, catapulting a 34-year-old woman into Finland’s top job.

Student Athletes Are Workers — They Should Get Paid

California’s Fair Pay to Play Act, allowing NCAA athletes to profit off their name and likeness, marks the beginning of a new era in collegiate sports.

The NBA’s China Fiasco Shows What Businesses Value

Companies willingly censor or condemn free speech to retain market share in authoritarian countries. Just ask NBA General Manager Daryl Morey.

California Takes On the NCAA and Allows College Athletes to Get Paid

The NCAA brings in more than a billion dollars in revenue annually. Meanwhile, college athletes struggle to make ends meet. California wants to change that.

Celebrate American Excellence — With Equal Pay

In soccer and in everything else, we need to pay America’s millions of underpaid women what they’re worth.

How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis — And How to Fix it

An unprecedented congressional mandate threatens the Postal Service’s ability to continue to provide good jobs and universal service.

The Wild Political Backstory to the Financial ‘Crisis’ at the Postal Service

Budget chicanery more than 15 years ago laid the foundation for a manufactured crisis that threatens the future of the postal service.

We Have the Money to Fix Our Food System

Imagine supporting farmers markets, child nutrition, and local agriculture with money we spend on factory farms.

Support the Women’s World Cup Team

The U.S. women’s soccer team outperforms its male counterpart but earns less — like women in every other field.

MLB Players Are Getting Stiffed

If corporations treat millionaire assets this way, imagine how they’ll treat you.

Scapegoating Unions for the Postal Service’s Phony Crisis

At a recent Senate hearing, some officials attempted to divert attention from the real cause of post office financial losses by blaming worker rights.