Brian Wakamo is an Inequality Research Analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies. He assists in maintaining and updating the 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 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.


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.

It’s March Madness. Unionize the NCAA!

“Student-athletes” make billions for others while putting their own futures at risk.

Get the Federal Government out of Washington

Relocating federal agencies to the heartland would create jobs, revitalize cities, and put government more in touch with the people.

We Subsidize the Wrong Kind of Agriculture

We should be supporting the small farmers who sell at farmers markets, not the corporate giants that hurt our health and environment.

Inequality is the Undercurrent at FIFA’s World Cup

A toxic combination of exploitation, corruption, and greed tarnish soccer’s governing body.

Sick of Shady Banks? Get a Loan from the Post Office!

Payday lenders extort poor and rural Americans. One solution? Your friendly neighborhood post office.

Tracking Corporate Responses to the Tax Scam

A new online tool provides data on whether specific corporations are sharing tax cut windfalls with employees or only rewarding executives and shareholders.

How to Track CEO-Worker Pay Ratios

The retail industry lobby doesn’t want transparency on pay gaps. Fortunately, it’s now easier to find out for yourself whether companies are sharing the wealth.

Del Monte’s Pay Ratio is Largest to Date at 1,465:1

Corporate disclosures show astoundingly significant gaps between CEO and median-worker pay among Fortune 500 firms.