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

Wisconsin family farmer Hans Breitenmoser

Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up

During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs
Latina mother and daughter hug each other and wearing medical masks for fear of COVID-19

A Bittersweet Hispanic Heritage Month

This year, we’re facing high COVID-19 infection rates, job losses, and voter suppression. But we are resilient.
pentagon used covid-19 relief funds for military equipment

The Pentagon Took Money for PPE and Bought Weapons

Make no mistake: The Trump administration’s heartlessness and militarism are costing lives.
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You Paid More Taxes Than Donald Trump

There are two tax systems in America: one for you and me, and one for the wealthiest 0.1 percent.
nuclear weapons and non-proliferation

Time to Put an End to the Nuclear Age

2020 has been hard enough. The last thing the world needs this year is nuclear weapons.
pink cupcake as a gender reveal party prop

Let ‘Gender Reveal’ Parties Burn

Even their creator says enough is enough. Let children discover themselves on their own terms.
census-fingerprints

Save Lives. Fill Out Your Census.

Taking the census ensures your community gets its fair share of funding — and representation — during the pandemic and beyond.
trump hotel

Killing Someone Is Not Like Missing a Golf Putt

Trump’s vile equivalence of a golf putt to police violence says a lot about the bubble America’s super rich live in.
professional athletes protest labor strike

Professional Athletes and the Power of a Union

If a few sports walkouts can force change on the national level, imagine what an Amazon or Wal-Mart walkout could do.
USPS mailbox under water

The Fox Is Still in the Henhouse at the Post Office

In the face of a historic public outcry, the postmaster general has promised to stop sabotaging essential services — temporarily.
Heavily armed riot police, Portland

I Was Tear Gassed in Portland — and Not Just by Feds

Police departments are over-militarized at the local level, too. Ending the 1033 program is one way to change that.
fare evasion - an empty train station in new york

Decriminalize Fare Evasion

You don’t go to jail for missing a highway toll. It shouldn’t be any different for fare evasion on public transportation.
team of corporate executives discussing racial justice

Can Corporations Walk the Walk on Racial Justice?

Many companies are tweeting about their commitment to racial equity, but not practicing it in their own staffing.
ICE and CBP - President Donald Trump, along with Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, visited the border wall in Yuma, Arizona on June 23, 2020

Need Money for a Green New Deal? Get It From ICE.

With the money we spend on ICE and CBP, we could solar power nearly 35 million homes.
Helicopter money policy as response to covid-19 public health crisis: helicopter distributing currency to prevent economic depression

Cut the Pentagon 10 Percent, Invest in Public Health

Tanks and ships can’t save us from our greatest dangers, so let’s pay for the things that can.
Person sitting on the street next to a college graduation cap, begging for money

Now Is the Time for Free College

With youth unemployment and student debt skyrocketing, young people need free higher education.
person being arrested and handcuffed

Land of the Unfree

This July 4, let’s lay claim to the freedom and equality we’ve celebrated for centuries, but seldom practiced.
elon musk and tesla worker cartoon

Elon Musk and the Billionaire War on Public Health

The billionaire Tesla CEO made hundreds of millions more by illegally forcing his employees back to work in a pandemic.
woman behind bars due to coronavirus crisis in prison

A Simple Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis in Prisons

Prison infection rates are out of control. We must release more vulnerable and low-risk people now if we're serious about public safety.
Quarantined masked workers

Reopening the Economy Is a Death Sentence for Workers

The wealthy may be fine with sacrificing the vulnerable, but workers are fighting for the sanctity of human life.

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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