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

My Disabled Life Is Worthy

The loss of disabled and chronically ill lives due to COVID-19 is no less tragic or preventable.

Dr. King Remained Hopeful. So Can We.

King’s “Testament of Hope” sounds as relevant today as the day it was published.

January 6 Showed Why D.C. Deserves Statehood

When I think of January 6, I remember the overwhelming helplessness — a familiar feeling to residents of the Capitol.

The Party of January 6

The coup attempt turned into a road map for the national GOP. Whether democracy survives is up to us.

A Few Magnificent Things That Happened in 2021

Feeling bleak? Well, 2021 wasn’t all bad — here are a few astounding things ordinary people won at home and abroad.

Greed Is Prolonging the Pandemic

The longer it takes the world to get vaccinated, the more variants we’ll see.

Prison Gerrymandering: The Modern ‘Three-Fifths Compromise’

Prison gerrymandering inflates the political representation of districts that host prisons — without any say from the people inside them.

Don’t Cut Care

Aging and disabled Americans — and the workers who care for them — have a huge stake in federal budget negotiations.

Unemployment Insurance Isn’t Holding Back the Economy. Inequality Is.

Ending enhanced unemployment benefits didn’t get people back to work. It just made them poorer.

It’s Time to Reassess Our Relationship With Israel

Biden can’t say he’s putting human rights first and then welcome a prime minister who boasts about war crimes to the White House.

Biden Is Right to End the War in Afghanistan

Now our obligation is to those Afghans living with the consequences of our four decades of intervention.

Rural Towns Deserve Better Than Prison Jobs

Rural prison towns need jobs. There are better ones than guarding people in cages.

To Save the Planet, We Need to Demilitarize the Police

Even with climate disasters all around us, nonviolent environmental demonstrations face fierce police repression. Why?

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Olympic Refugee Team

It’s beautiful that there’s an Olympic team for 82 million displaced people. But have we accepted mass displacement as the new normal?

Corporations Should Pay Their Fair Share for Human Needs

Corporations pay lower taxes than ever. A modest corporate tax hike would be transformative.

Historic Relief for American Families Is on Its Way to Your Bank Account

If you’re a parent, odds are you’ll be getting a direct deposit very soon.

We Can Have the Filibuster or Democracy, Not Both

The warning from democracy advocates is clear: Kill the filibuster and pass the For the People Act, or our democracy won’t survive.

Now’s the Time to Unrig the Tax Code

Leaked IRS data proves the rumors are true: Many billionaires pay no income taxes. Will that spur reform?

Killing to Show That Killing Is Wrong

As Arizona’s push to revive Nazi-era gas executions shows, the death penalty is barbaric.

Employers: If You Want Workers, Pay a Living Wage

It’s not that people don’t want to work — it’s that they don’t want to work for so little.