Our Work

At IPS, our work is centered in our vision: we believe everyone has a right to thrive on a planet where all communities are equitable, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Our intersecting programs and initiatives, led by a diverse group of expert staff and associate fellows, are helping to shape progressive movements toward this vision.

Latest Work

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D.C. Labor Battle Turns Into a Civil Rights Fight

As city council attempts to overturn a minimum wage initiative, district residents demand elected officials respect their vote.
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A Sweet New Century for America’s Most Privileged

America's elected leaders haven't ignored inequality since 2000. They've made it spectacularly worse.
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It’s Not Just the U.S. with a Gerrymandering Problem — Look at Pakistan

In one Pakistani province, it took just 544 voters to choose a chief minister. But 80,000 minorities there may not get a single representative.
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Trump’s Complaints About NATO Defense Spending Don’t Add Up

If Trump's concern is spreading the burden of security, why does he want the U.S. to ramp up its military spending?
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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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Five Powerful Families

We've reached the point where a handful of extraordinarily wealthy clans essentially have the power to suffocate our democracy.
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New Mexico's Drought is a Climate Crisis

And while climate change affects everyone, majority-Native counties are disproportionately affected.
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Trump’s Investment in North Korea

The president may be a diplomatic wrecking ball, but he believes his investment in Korea is too big to fail. That's a good thing.
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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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The Tax Act is a Lost Opportunity to Help Small Business

For Main Street small businesses, the benefits of the Tax Act are peanuts. Nearly half of all the savings go to people making over $1 million a year.
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Toys ‘R’ Us Workers Take on Private Equity Vultures

The toy store's former employees are using public shaming and pension plans to demand severance and fight Wall Street greed.
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The ‘Declaration of Independence’ Created a Country for Immigrants. What Happened?

A closer look at the United States' founding document reveals a failure to live up to the principles and ideals expressed in it.
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As we Celebrate 'Independence,' Remember That the U.S. Left Its Colony Puerto Rico to Die

The disastrous impacts of Hurricane Maria were made worse by inequalities of race, income and access to U.S. political power.
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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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Minimum Wage? It's Time to Talk About a Maximum Wage

Conservatives try to laugh off the idea of capping executive pay – but it’s an idea with a distinguished history.
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Still Another Reason to Cheer LeBron James

An iconic basketball superstar reminds us that raising taxes on the rich will not end civilization as we know it.
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Why ‘Janus’ Figures to Juice Income Inequality in America

Any court ruling that limits how effectively unions can bargain on behalf of workers, even mainstream economists recognize, concentrates wealth at our economic summit.
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How to Restore Taxes on Inheritances

With the estate tax further weakened, is it time to pivot to an inheritance tax?

Economic and Racial Justice

Combating inequality means both lifting up and building power at the bottom, and breaking up concentration of wealth and power at the top. Learn more >

Climate Justice

In order to avert a climate catastrophe, we must transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy rooted in economic and racial justice. Learn more >

Peace and Foreign Policy

To build peace, we must dislodge the economic and political foundations of war. Just foreign policy is based on human rights, international law, and diplomacy. Learn more >

Community Engagement

Our community-based work is done through partnership with movement building allies on the ground. Learn more >

Leadership Programs

In order to sustain the movement, we need to continuing growing new generations of social justice leaders. Learn more >

Experts

Josh Hoxie

Project Director, Opportunity and Taxation

Program on Inequality and the Common Good

Basav Sen

Project Director

Climate Policy

Sanho Tree

Project Director

Drug Policy

Robert Alvarez

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Nuclear Policy

Dedrick Asante-Muhammed

Coordinator

Bridging the Divide

Julie Barnet

Associate Fellow

Marc Bayard

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Black Worker Initiative, Global Economy

Beverly Bell

Associate Fellow

Sarah Browning

Associate Fellow

Ron Carver

Associate Fellow

Global Economy

Steve Cobble

Associate Fellow

John Feffer

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Epicenter, Foreign Policy in Focus

Jim Lobe

Associate Fellow

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Manuel Perez-Rocha

Project Director and Associate Fellow

Global Economy

Janet Redman

Associate Fellow

Climate Policy

Oscar Reyes

Associate Fellow

Climate Policy

Adil E. Shamoo

Associate Fellow

Emira Woods

Associate Fellow