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

people being squished by covid-19

Unemployment Insurance Isn’t Holding Back the Economy. Inequality Is.

Ending enhanced unemployment benefits didn’t get people back to work. It just made them poorer.
Naftali Bennett speaking to a group

It’s Time to Reassess Our Relationship With Israel

Biden can’t say he’s putting human rights first and then welcome a prime minister who boasts about war crimes to the White House.
us military troops running

Biden Is Right to End the War in Afghanistan

Now our obligation is to those Afghans living with the consequences of our four decades of intervention.
barbed wire fence in a rural town

Rural Towns Deserve Better Than Prison Jobs

Rural prison towns need jobs. There are better ones than guarding people in cages.
militarized police in swat gear marching toward crowd of protesters with blue smoke in the background

To Save the Planet, We Need to Demilitarize the Police

Even with climate disasters all around us, nonviolent environmental demonstrations face fierce police repression. Why?
Refugee Olympic Team Walk Into Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony As They March Under The Olympic Flag at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Olympic Refugee Team

It's beautiful that there's an Olympic team for 82 million displaced people. But have we accepted mass displacement as the new normal?
home care worker tending to an elderly man

Corporations Should Pay Their Fair Share for Human Needs

Corporations pay lower taxes than ever. A modest corporate tax hike would be transformative.
parent holding a check for the child tax credit

Historic Relief for American Families Is on Its Way to Your Bank Account

If you’re a parent, odds are you’ll be getting a direct deposit very soon.
puddle of water showing the reflection of congress

We Can Have the Filibuster or Democracy, Not Both

The warning from democracy advocates is clear: Kill the filibuster and pass the For the People Act, or our democracy won’t survive.
billionaire jeff bezos

Now’s the Time to Unrig the Tax Code

Leaked IRS data proves the rumors are true: Many billionaires pay no income taxes. Will that spur reform?
incarcerated person preparing to be executed by lethal injection in a situation where the U.S. is killing to show that killing is wrong

Killing to Show That Killing Is Wrong

As Arizona's push to revive Nazi-era gas executions shows, the death penalty is barbaric.
minimum wage and unemployment

Employers: If You Want Workers, Pay a Living Wage

It’s not that people don’t want to work — it’s that they don’t want to work for so little.
protest sign showing the faces of people police kill

Humanizing the People Police Kill

The standard, often unreliable reporting on police killings dehumanizes victims — a fact my own family knows too well.
chinatown with shops with chinese letters and pegasus in Chinatown, New York

What Chinatowns Can Teach Us About Community

As our country looks to “build back better,” Chinatowns show how to foster vibrant, welcoming communities of all kinds.
rebuilding Black and African American businesses after COVID-19

Rebuilding Black-Owned Businesses after COVID-19

The pandemic hit Black entrepreneurs especially hard. To recover, we need to treat the pre-existing conditions.
care worker doing senior home care

Biden’s Jobs Plan Will Help Seniors Get Care At Home

By supporting quality home care, the plan will help seniors avoid dangerous, for-profit nursing facilities.
Scenes from the Collard Green Caucus food giveaway, sponsored by Black Voters Matter and A Better Glynn, held at Ballard Park

Voter Suppression Is An Attack On Democracy — And My Faith

My faith teaches me to stand with the marginalized, whose voting rights are now under sustained assault.
trans rights - transgender flag

I Want Civil Rights. They Want to Talk About Sports.

Republicans are leveraging public ignorance about trans people to deny Queer Americans basic civil rights.
anti war movement - mosul - iraq

The Day I Became Anti-War

A personal recollection on the day that launched the Iraq War — and its lessons for us 18 years later.
founding fathers debating the constitution, democracy, and voting

If We Don’t Expand Our Democracy Now, We’ll Lose It

If we don’t expand our democracy now, we might lose it for generations to come.

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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 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