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.


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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.

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?

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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