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

For Equality, This Labor Leader Gave a Maximum Effort

The transit worker union's Larry Hanley lived a life that reminds us what beating back inequality truly takes.
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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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Help Today's College Students as We Did for Previous Generations

Can you imagine being 22 and having $150,000 in debt? This is generational abuse.
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Victory on Elder Care Equity Sets a Marker for 2020 Debates

Of the 11 members of Congress running for president, eight have endorsed expanded public support for long-term care. Washington Governor Inslee can claim real action.
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Trump, Bolton in Tug of War for Command of Foreign Policy

The only upside to Bolton’s dangerous aggression toward Iran is that it may put him too far out in front of Trump.
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Let Prison Inmates Vote

Mass incarceration is now a bipartisan concern. Its effects on our democracy should be, too.

Mining Companies Use Excessive Legal Powers to Gamble with Latin American Lives

In more than two-thirds of the mining-related lawsuits against governments in the region, communities have been actively organizing against the mining activities.
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Uber Drivers Strike As Execs Make Millions Off IPO

Rideshare drivers around the world strike for better pay and working conditions from the multi-billion dollar company.
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The Rising Tide of the Populist Right

The rise of the populist right is like climate change — a profound transformation of the political landscape, not just a temporary oscillation in the political temperature.

The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror

New reports show an escalation in civilian casualties from U.S. operations in Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia — and a pattern of U.S. denial about the scale of the problem.
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User Data Could Help Curb Inequality Spurred by the Tech Industry

The work we do online is making a precious few fabulously rich. Now stirring in California, a movement to share the wealth our data create.

Escalating Tensions in Gaza and Kushner's Supposed "Deal of the Century"

Phyllis Bennis discusses the recent Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the real nature of Kushner's supposed "Deal of the Century."
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The Global Game of Thrones

At a time of declining faith in democracy, the institution of royalty is looking surprisingly resilient.
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A Green New Deal Needs to Fight US Militarism

We can’t heal the climate if our war machine keeps raining destruction, absorbing resources, and gobbling up fossil fuels all around the world. Here’s how to stop it.

Transgender People’s Rights Are in Peril

The majority-conservative Supreme Court is poised to review the application of Title VII to trans people in the workplace.
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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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As Long as Guantanamo Exists, Trump Has a Torture Chamber Ready To Use

The administration has discussed warehousing refugee children at the notorious prison.
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Let's Celebrate Striking Workers

Here's a stat for International Workers' Day that's giving us hope.
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The Reality Behind the ‘Surging’ U.S. Economy

A tiny uptick in wages won't do much to help Americans squeezed by debt and facing rising prices for medicine, child care, housing, and other essentials.
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Nurses Tell Big Pharma: Put Patients Over Profits

"People shouldn't have to crowdfund for their health care. We wanted PhRMA to have to face firsthand the toll their greed takes on Americans across our country."