OtherWords

OtherWords is a free, non-profit editorial service published by the Institute for Policy Studies. Each week, OtherWords distributes a batch of publication-ready op-eds, along with a cartoon, to thousands of readers — including hundreds of editors of small and medium-sized newspapers. Each year, these op-eds appear thousands of times in local newspapers throughout the country, as well as in a growing number of online outlets. We believe that strong social movements need informed citizens, and that people learn best from conversations in their own communities — neighbor-to-neighbor. But between a consolidated, corporate-controlled mass media and a deafening social media echo chamber, it’s gotten harder than ever to have these conversations, especially in smaller communities with few local media options.

Through OtherWords, we’re able to provide millions of readers in America’s heartland with intelligent commentary on a range of progressive causes — on climate, inequality, war and peace, the movements for race and gender justice, and beyond. Through the trusted local papers that use our service, we reach readers in red, blue, and purple states alike with well-written, timely commentaries on the national issues that affect their lives. To read our work or get information about publishing it in your community, check out OtherWords.org.

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Latest Work

Fossil-Fueled Fascism

How the oil, gas, and coal industries support and fund white supremacy and far-right politics.

Obama Didn’t Close the Racial Wealth Divide. Can Biden?

Dr. King called moderation the “great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom.” Biden should heed that warning today.

Mass Incarceration Is Declining — But Not For Women

The next administration needs to address this crisis and the war on drugs driving it.

Don’t Trash the Affordable Care Act—Expand It

Not even a raging pandemic stopped Republicans from dragging yet another effort to throw millions off their health care to the Supreme Court.

Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up

During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs

A Bittersweet Hispanic Heritage Month

This year, we’re facing high COVID-19 infection rates, job losses, and voter suppression. But we are resilient.

The Pentagon Took Money for PPE and Bought Weapons

Make no mistake: The Trump administration’s heartlessness and militarism are costing lives.

You Paid More Taxes Than Donald Trump

There are two tax systems in America: one for you and me, and one for the wealthiest 0.1 percent.

Time to Put an End to the Nuclear Age

2020 has been hard enough. The last thing the world needs this year is nuclear weapons.

Let ‘Gender Reveal’ Parties Burn

Even their creator says enough is enough. Let children discover themselves on their own terms.

Save Lives. Fill Out Your Census.

Taking the census ensures your community gets its fair share of funding — and representation — during the pandemic and beyond.

Killing Someone Is Not Like Missing a Golf Putt

Trump’s vile equivalence of a golf putt to police violence says a lot about the bubble America’s super rich live in.

Professional Athletes and the Power of a Union

If a few sports walkouts can force change on the national level, imagine what an Amazon or Wal-Mart walkout could do.

The Fox Is Still in the Henhouse at the Post Office

In the face of a historic public outcry, the postmaster general has promised to stop sabotaging essential services — temporarily.

I Was Tear Gassed in Portland — and Not Just by Feds

Police departments are over-militarized at the local level, too. Ending the 1033 program is one way to change that.

Decriminalize Fare Evasion

You don’t go to jail for missing a highway toll. It shouldn’t be any different for fare evasion on public transportation.

Can Corporations Walk the Walk on Racial Justice?

Many companies are tweeting about their commitment to racial equity, but not practicing it in their own staffing.

Need Money for a Green New Deal? Get It From ICE.

With the money we spend on ICE and CBP, we could solar power nearly 35 million homes.

Cut the Pentagon 10 Percent, Invest in Public Health

Tanks and ships can’t save us from our greatest dangers, so let’s pay for the things that can.

Now Is the Time for Free College

With youth unemployment and student debt skyrocketing, young people need free higher education.