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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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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Tax the Rich Before the Rest

Candidates should pledge that the middle class won't pay $1 more in new taxes until billionaires put up at least $1 trillion.
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400 Years After Slavery, No More Band-Aids

It’s time to heal the deep wounds of racism — not only to ensure equity for African Americans, but for our entire economy.
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What It's Like to Grow Up Hunted

When I was just 10, I already knew what it was like to plan for a future without my parents.
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5 Ways the Economy Is Stacked Against Millennials

Millennials suffer stagnant wages and high expenses in an economy not designed for them — but there’s hope.
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Celebrate American Excellence — With Equal Pay

In soccer and in everything else, we need to pay America’s millions of underpaid women what they’re worth.
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Critics of Campus Activists Don't Care About Free Speech

They complain when students protest hateful speakers, but not when shadowy conservative groups and politicians write laws to punish our speech.
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Washington Vs. The Squad

Trump’s not the only one terrified of these four congresswomen — leading Democrats apparently are, too.
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A Trump Plan to Throw 55,000 Children Out of Their Homes

A proposed rule would strip housing benefits from U.S. citizens if they’re found to have family members with the wrong immigration status.
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Return of the Poll Tax

Florida's anti-democratic poll tax will cost the state hundreds of thousands of voters — and hundreds of millions of dollars.

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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