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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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.
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Our Missing $10 Trillion

Tax cuts from the Bush, Obama, and Trump years have left a massive gap in the public coffers. This hurts everyone.
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Brett Kavanaugh Would Be A Disaster On Climate

When a literal reading of the law makes it harder to regulate corporations, judges like Kavanaugh stick to a literal reading. When it doesn't, they get creative.
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How To Level The Playing Field For Workers — Even With Unions Hurting

A federal jobs and income guarantee could protect workers the way unions once did.
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Why I Got Arrested This Summer (And You Should, Too)

With 43 percent of Americans in or near poverty, most of us know there's something deeply wrong with our democracy. Will we stand up for it?
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Abolishing ICE Isn't Radical — It's Rational

ICE is supposed to keep Americans safe. Instead, it's terrorizing refugees, families, and small children.
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Poverty Won't 'Make America Great'

A recent UN report on international poverty highlighted an unexpected crisis area: the United States.
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Unions Have Survived Tough Times Before

The Supreme Court just dealt unions a crushing blow, but they've endured worse — and come out stronger.
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Corporate Wage Theft is on the Rise

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

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Peter Certo

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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 Health Care System is Still Sick

The Gilmer (TX) Mirror | December 16, 2012

Our National Failure to Commit

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

Ripe for Reduction

The Liberty (TX) Vindicator | December 15, 2012

Ripe for Reduction

Counterpunch | December 14, 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

Jobs or the Environment?

The (Youngstown OH) Vindicator | December 13, 2012

Our Health Care System is Still Sick

Blue Table Talk | December 12, 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

Solving the Twinkie Murder Case

Blue Table Talk | December 11, 2012

The Fiscal Hoax

The Everett (WA) Sky Valley Chronicle | December 9, 2012