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.


Learning From King’s Last Campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful.

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.

400 Years After Slavery, No More Band-Aids

It’s time to heal the deep wounds of racism — not only to ensure equity for African Americans, but for our entire economy.

Kaepernick Was Right — Racists Love the Betsy Ross Flag

Conservatives may deny it, or say it’s a thing of the past. But, hate groups are still flying their Betsy Ross flag right next to their Confederate one.

Celebrating Juneteenth with Bold New Ideas

Juneteenth was supposed to mark the end of a horrific era of oppression, but racial inequality remains rampant. These 10 policy proposals could change that.

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Milwaukee just declared racism a public health crisis. This novel approach to combating racial inequity should inspire other cities.

A Revolutionary Idea to Close the Racial Wealth Divide

“Baby bond” accounts for all American kids would bridge the racial wealth gap while providing security to Americans of every color.

The Real College Admissions Scandal

Wealthy families have rigged college admissions for generations, but they want you to blame affirmative action.

The Role of Family Wealth in Reinforcing Generational Divides

How can anyone, especially 30-somethings, afford to live in increasingly expensive cities?

A Dream Deferred: MLK’s Dream of Economic Justice Is Far From Reality

90 years after King was born, the racial wealth divide is actually growing — which drags down the entire economy.

Accessible Housing Should Be Affordable, Too

Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act 28 years ago, but accessibility is still treated as a luxury rather than a necessity.

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.

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