Jessicah joined the Institute for Policy Studies in May 2017 as the Media Specialist for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a degree in political science, Jessicah sought to use her skills in writing, press, and media for advancing social change.

Jessicah Pierre comes to IPS from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she served as the communications and campaign coordinator for Making Caring Common. She earlier coordinated communications initiatives for the Boston-based Health Care for All campaign and has also worked with activist groups ranging from Community Catalyst to NARAL. In 2016, Pierre founded Queens Company, an organization dedicated to empowering women of color.



Trump Returns to an Old Formula: Lies and Hatred

The president is putting up a dirty fight to maintain the Republican majority in Congress.

Nike Says 'Believe in Something.' Can It Sacrifice Something, Too?

The company has made millions off Colin Kaepernick's message. That money should go right back to the cause that message supports.

You've Heard of the Gender Pay Gap, But There's More

It takes the typical black woman all the way till August to earn what a white male worker got paid last year.

Celebrating The End of Slavery — With One Big Asterisk

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in America. But with over 2 million of us behind bars, has it really ended — or just transformed?

BlackHer: A New Online Platform Raises the Voices of Black Women Politically and Economically

Black women, suffering from both the gender and racial wealth gap, are using their voting power to fight back.

Teen Voices in the Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage in Massachusetts

I Have A Future is a local organization mobilizing youth organizers in Massachusetts to advocate for themselves in the fight to raise the state's minimum wage.

The Moral Revolution America Needs

Poor people of all races are shifting the national conversation on poverty and race from "right vs. left" to "right vs. wrong"

Report: Restoring Opportunity in California

Taxing Wealth to Fund College for All in California

King's Dream Included Economic Equality, Too

The late leader didn't just criticize racial segregation. He called for an end to economic injustice.

8 Trailblazing Women Leading the Fight Against Inequality

In honor of International Women's Day, we're highlighting eight fearless women leading some of today's biggest and most impactful social movements.

Racism is Literally Killing African-American Mothers

The chronic stress of racism endangers black moms of all kinds — from Serena Williams to Erica Garner.

America, Oprah is Not Your Savior

America has a history of looking to black women to save Americans from themselves — while not recognizing or respecting their efforts.
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A Cruel Holiday Gift for Refugee Families

For 60,000 Haitian immigrants, this holiday season is filled with fear and uncertainty.

New Report Underscores Massive Tax Giveaways to Private Jet Set

The Private Jet Industry Spent $56 Million Dollars to Lobby Congress to Save More than $1 Billion in Taxes for America’s Most Affluent Fliers

Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too

The United States is one of the top incarcerators of women in the world, which breaks up families and endangers children.

The NFL Should Do More Than Just Take A Knee

NFL owners have banded together against Trump’s divisive comments, but will they put their money where their mouth is?
Stealing From The Mouth of Public Education to Feed the Prison Industrial Complex

States and Local Advocates Lead the Way for Criminal Justice Reform

A felony conviction may not always mean a lifetime jail sentence, but for most it means economic hardship and financial instability for life.

No, Affirmative Action Isn’t Keeping White Students Down

Enrollment rates are still higher for whites than blacks or Latinos. Now is the worst time to roll back affirmative action.

Republicans are Right: Going to College Hurts

Women owe two-thirds of the nation’s outstanding $1.3 trillion student loan debt.

Honor Juneteenth by Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

Even over 150 years after slavery, black families still lag centuries behind whites in household wealth.

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