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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Debunking Myths About Wealth and Race

It’s not individual behavior that drives the racial wealth divide — it’s a system that many folks pretend doesn’t exist.
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Let Prison Inmates Vote

Mass incarceration is now a bipartisan concern. Its effects on our democracy should be, too.
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How Wall Street Drives Gender and Racial Inequality

If the minimum wage had kept up with Wall Street bonuses, it would be worth $33 today, instead of just $7.25.
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All I want for Mother's Day Is Equality for My Child

My child has fought her whole life for her right to exist. This administration wants to take that away.
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Bring Back May Day

The U.S. is one of the only countries in the world that doesn't mark International Worker's Day. So how are our workers doing?

A Revolutionary Idea to Close the Racial Wealth Divide

“Baby bond” accounts for all American kids would bridge the racial wealth gap while providing security to Americans of every color.
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Abolish the Electoral College, Empower the People

Republicans don't respect Americans enough to let them pick their own president.
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It's Time for $15 and a Union

A minimum wage hike would boost earnings for 40 million workers.
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Russia Was Never the Real Scandal

Collusion with corporations has always been hiding in plain sight. It takes real people to fight that — not an elite prosecutor.
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It's March Madness. Unionize the NCAA!

"Student-athletes" make billions for others while putting their own futures at risk.
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The Real College Admissions Scandal

Wealthy families have rigged college admissions for generations, but they want you to blame affirmative action.
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There's Plenty of Wealth to Go Around — It Just Doesn't

We've "grown the pie" massively since the 1980s, but it hasn't resulted in ordinary Americans getting a bigger slice.
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If You Hate Campaign Season, Blame Money in Politics

The fact that 2020 candidates are announcing now is a testament to the huge expense of elections. Can a new law change that?
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How the Age of Billionaires Ends

Serious proposals are on the table to address the deepening divide between the uber-rich and the rest of us.
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Black America's Vanishing Wealth Is Bad For All Americans

The racial wealth divide gives billionaires more power over all of us. The answer? Reparations.
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People Who Care About Democracy Don’t Plot Coups Abroad

Do we think people who armed death squads and started wars really want to “bring democracy” to Venezuela?
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The Super Bowl and Politics

Maybe you didn't notice before Colin Kaepernick took a knee, but the NFL has been deeply politicized for years.
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The Government Shutdown Expands the Ranks of 'Underwater Nation'

Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.
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A Dream Deferred: MLK's Dream of Economic Justice Is Far From Reality

90 years after King was born, the racial wealth divide is actually growing — which drags down the entire economy.
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Democratic Leaders Failed Their First Big Test on Climate

Kicking the can down the road appears to be a bipartisan sport in Washington.

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Peter Certo

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

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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