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

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Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.
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There's No 'Great American Comeback'

Trump is counting on the working class he’s betraying most aggressively. Can the left get out of affluent suburbia and back to its roots?
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Trump's EPA Is a Huge Cancer Risk

Industry-friendly regulators are letting chemical companies flood the country with toxins. It should be a scandal.

Learning From King's Last Campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful.
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Trump’s Iran Aggression Deserves Full-Throated Opposition

Trump is betraying his voters and threatening millions of lives. Call him on it before it’s too late.
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Save the Minor Leagues

Driven by greed, Major League Baseball wants to kill 42 franchises in the towns that made baseball America’s pastime.
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A Holiday Comeback for Toys 'R' Us?

Retail workers are organizing to make sure private equity firms can’t make money by putting people out of work.
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End the Wars, Win the Antiwar Vote

Hard data shows ending our wars would be smart politics — and the first step toward repairing a moral calamity.
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Medicare for All or Endless War? It's Our Choice.

We could easily fund health care for all by ending military boondoggles and fruitless wars. Here’s how.
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Time for a Billionaire Ban

The wealthiest Americans dominate our airwaves. Let’s hear from someone else for a change.
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Republicans, Not Russians, Threaten Our Elections

When turnout climbs, Republicans lose. No wonder they're closing polling places and purging voters all over the country.
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If Money Is Tight, Climate Change Is Your Issue

40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming.
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The Racial Wealth Divide Hurts the Entire Middle Class

By bridging the racial wealth divide, we can reduce the economic inequality that’s holding down our entire country.
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The NBA's China Fiasco Shows What Businesses Value

Companies willingly censor or condemn free speech to retain market share in authoritarian countries. Just ask NBA General Manager Daryl Morey.
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Where Is 'Line Worker Barbie'?

CEO-worker pay gaps are the clearest proof that corporations like Mattel and many others don't respect their employees.
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Don't Leave Equality to the Supreme Court

In 29 states, trans people can legally be denied jobs and housing because of who we are. Congress should act.
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Inequality Is Literally Killing Us

Again and again, studies show that the richer wealthy Americans become, the shorter the rest of us live.
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No One Should Have to Bargain for Health Care

As the GM strike shows, employers use their workers’ health as a bargaining chip. Medicare for All would end that.
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The Case for Impeaching Trump Goes Way Beyond Ukraine

Democrats need to take Trump’s crimes against people and the planet as seriously as those against Joe Biden.
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What the Felicity Huffman Scandal Says About America

Low-income parents risk jail for putting their kids in better public schools, while the rich bribe colleges to shut the poor out.

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Peter Certo

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

Foreign Policy in Focus, OtherWords

In the News

The Pen is Funnier than the Sword

The Portland Observer | October 24, 2017

The Art of Inequality

The Providence Journal | April 23, 2013

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

The Muscatine (IA) Journal | March 26, 2013

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

Common Dreams | March 20, 2013

A Pension Deficit Disorder

The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012

Ripe for Reduction

The San Antonio Express-News | December 17, 2012

Our National Failure to Commit

The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune | December 16, 2012

Our Health Care System is Still Sick

The Gilmer (TX) Mirror | December 16, 2012

Ripe for Reduction

The Liberty (TX) Vindicator | December 15, 2012

Ripe for Reduction

Counterpunch | December 14, 2012

Jobs or the Environment?

The (Youngstown OH) Vindicator | December 13, 2012

The Airline Industry's Fee-for-All

Nation of Change | December 13, 2012

The Airline Industry's Fee-for-All

The Illinois Times | December 13, 2012

Our National Failure to Commit

The Huffington Post | December 12, 2012

In Fact, Fairly Taxing the Rich Won't Scare Them Away

The Albany Tribune | December 12, 2012

Our Health Care System is Still Sick

Blue Table Talk | December 12, 2012