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

Corporate Wage Theft is on the Rise

Executives have a powerful incentive to cheat their workers: to pad their own exorbitant paychecks.

The Supreme Court is a Slurring, Undemocratic Mess

The court’s been popping off far-right proclamations like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving.

We Subsidize the Wrong Kind of Agriculture

We should be supporting the small farmers who sell at farmers markets, not the corporate giants that hurt our health and environment.

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?

Why We Still Need Pride Parades

Pride parades are safe spaces in a country where LGBTQ people can be harassed, fired, and denied housing or even medical care.

Nevermind the Wall — They’re Building Warehouses

The newest plank of immigration enforcement? Piling children into overcrowded detention centers.

Our Flag Doesn’t Have to Stand for Violence

Veterans often wrestle with the things they’ve done in war. When will ordinary Americans do the same?

Big Pay Gaps Are Bad for Business

Would you do your best work for a CEO who pulls in 5,000 times your own salary?

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”

Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises

Under the new GOP tax law, states that pay teachers a living wage subsidize states that pay them poorly.

This is the Wrong Time to Cut Back on Public Housing

More than half a million Americans are homeless — the size of a large city.

My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

While millions of students rack up college debt and gain no skills, millions of high-paying trade jobs sit empty.

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria

We fired 105 missiles on April 14. That’s 10 times the number of Syrian refugees we’ve taken all year.

Police Killed More People Last Year Than Mass Shooters

The fight to curb gun violence must address the violence inflicted by law enforcement.

If You Want to Kill Drug Dealers, Start with Big Pharma

Big corporations, not street dealers, are the true authors and profiteers of the opioid crisis.

How Poverty, Climate Change, and Bad Policy Put Poor People at Greater Risk of Pest-Borne Diseases

Public health resources are being cut while mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and the West Nile virus flourish in poor communities.

Get Ready for Bush 2.0

The president once distanced himself from the Bush legacy. Now he’s brought back the architects of its darkest moments.

Billionaires Won’t Save the World — Just Look at Elon Musk

The “playboy genius” is essentially squandering taxpayer money on pet projects like Mars trips and flamethrowers.

Teachers Deserve a Raise. Here’s How to Fund It.

Huge tax cuts for energy corporations have left state school budgets broke.

Getting Real About School Safety

Armed adults don’t make kids safer. They put them at greater risk.