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

Under Trump, the U.S. May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the U.S. military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents.

My Autistic Child Isn’t ‘Diseased’

Instead of trying to “cure” autism, we should focus on creating a friendlier, more respectful environment.

More Americans Are Drowning Financially in Underwater Nation

20% of Americans have zero or negative net worth—and that number is growing.

The GOP Health Plan Would Make the Opioid Crisis Even Worse

States that supported Trump are going to be the hardest hit.

A Movement for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ Takes Shape

Schools should uphold and protect the right to learn for all of their students — no matter where they were born.

Trump’s Insecurity Budget

Throwing money at the Pentagon while gutting other programs that protect Americans shouldn’t make anyone feel safer.

The White House Budget Proposal Doesn’t Add Up

The president’s budget won’t balance federal spending one bit, but it’ll move a lot of money up to the rich.

The Best Education Our Money Can Buy

Taxpayers are subsidizing the private universities that service America’s rich.

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump

By the time my dystopian future novel went to print, much of that future had become the present.

There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech

The president’s obsession with Muslims and immigrants gives cover to a simmering white nationalist movement at home.

Wall Street Hopes You’ve Forgotten the Crash Already

The most pro-Wall Street White House we’ve ever seen is betting you’ve forgotten the 2008 crash.

Trump Proved He Doesn’t Think Much of Working People

As we review Alexander Acosta, let’s remember Andrew Puzder.

The Hunt for Black Family History

Simple genealogy searches don’t work for people whose ancestors were treated like property. But some new tools could help.

Get to Know Your Muslim Neighbors

If we take the time to get to know one another, we’ll find that we don’t have to live in fear.

Trump’s Phony Populism on Military Spending

The president says he’ll protect our interests against the boondoggle weapons makers. Don’t believe him.

America’s Construction Carnage

Some of the same factors that make Wall Streeters fabulously rich are making construction work tragically unsafe.

Trump’s First Test on Taxes

Trump’s voters didn’t vote to make the richest richer, but the Republican Congress is about to.

The Trouble with Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’

If Trump can sell a plain-as-day lie about his inauguration crowd, he can lie about anything — including things that hurt his own supporters.

Health Care Repeal Is a Stealth Tax Break for Millionaires

If Obama’s health law is reversed, taxes will go down for the rich and up for the poor, while millions lose coverage.

Paid Family Leave Comes to D.C.

While official Washington digs in against paid leave, locals in the nation’s capital helped win one of the country’s most generous family and medical leave plans.