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.

Sign up for Otherwords

Latest Work

Even as Voter Registration Soars, Voter Suppression Lives On

Is your state working to increase accessibility to the ballot box, or to disenfranchise its citizens?

Any Senior Who Needs Home Care Should Get It

Caring for loved ones with dementia is hard enough. Families shouldn’t have to bear a financial crisis on top of that.

No One in the United States Should Be Poor, Period

Amazon’s wage hike is welcome news, but nobody’s well-being should depend on the whims of billionaire CEOs.

The GOP’s Kavanaugh Playbook Was Textbook Abusive Behavior

Psychologists call it DARVO: deny, attack, reverse victim and offender.

Virginians Show the Real Face of Poverty

Over 40 percent of Virginians struggle to get by — a problem made worse by voter suppression and military-first spending priorities.

Men: We’ve Heard About Assaults. Speak Up About Them.

Women who report assault deserve to hear that we believe them, and that we can back them up — because we’ve heard the other side.

The Strength of Kavanaugh’s Accusers Is Truly Amazing

I know what it’s like to seek justice against all odds. The fact that women keep doing it speaks volumes.

America 2018: Even More Gilded Than America 1918

Wealth is more concentrated now than it was in John D. Rockefeller’s day.

Nike Says ‘Believe in Something.’ Can It Sacrifice Something, Too?

The company has made millions off Colin Kaepernick’s message. That money should go right back to the cause that message supports.

Nobody in the White House Is Part of ‘The Resistance’

They admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex.

‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Encourage Dangerous Vigilantism

Some Americans call the cops on black people for frivolous reasons. Others appoint themselves judge, jury, and — sometimes — executioner.

Taxpayers Are Footing the Bill for Sky-High CEO Salaries

Billions in taxpayer funds go to CEOs who pay their workers peanuts. We can change that.

Iraq Should Be a Much Bigger Part of McCain’s Legacy Than His ‘Civility’

The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.

Killing for Coal (Literally)

Shocking as this sounds, the U.S. government is — by its own admission — willing to murder up to 1,600 Americans a year to enrich a few coal billionaires.

If Your Boss Makes Millions, It’s Not Because of the ‘Market’

On average, America’s CEOs make 312 times what their workers take home — and that has nothing to do with supply and demand.

Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.

The media treated Trump’s petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.

If Ireland Can Get Out of Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too

Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry. Why not yours?

Want to Create Useful Jobs? Reduce Fossil Fuel Use

Energy efficiency creates more jobs than fossil fuels – and at a faster rate and lower cost.

You’ve Heard of the Gender Pay Gap, But There’s More

It takes the typical black woman all the way till August to earn what a white male worker got paid last year.

If You Take a Charitable Tax Deduction, You Should Actually Give to Charity

Wealthy donors are hoarding money in shady ‘charity’ accounts in the face of urgent community needs.