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

Trump’s Militarized Budget Slashes Medicare, Medicaid, and Clean Energy

Trump's federal budget proposal is the largest in history. It includes a massive military budget, funded through cuts to programs that help poor and middle-class Americans.
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An Open Letter to DC's Transit Authority: Don't Subsidize Uber — Restore Service!

Metro's plan to subsidize its own competition will hurt the planet, public transit, and the working people who rely on it.
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The World’s Most Dangerous Divide

If nuclear war comes, it will happen because of a calculation or miscalculation by India or Pakistan.
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Trump Budget Would Cut Spending for Nearly Every Agency Except Pentagon

Trump is requesting an unprecedented level of military spending.
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Disrupting Narratives That Justify Inequality and Poverty

Chuck Collins speaks with Project Twist-It's Mary O'Hara about narratives that individualize the causes of structural inequality and serve the interests of powerful elites.
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Bring Back Eisenhower Socialism

Conservatives want you to believe that not having to choose between paying for rent or medicine is Soviet-style tyranny.
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Trump's FY2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending — and Slashes Actual Human Needs

While funding for the Pentagon and nuclear weapons programs soars, investment in the Department of Education and Veteran's Affairs plummet.

Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby

Phyllis Bennis joins Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to discuss the recent media firestorm involving Rep. Ilhan Omar, as well as questions about anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
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Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia Each Received Over a Billion Dollars in New Donations Last Year

Inequality in America's system of higher education runs deep. Here's why you should care.

What Did Ilhan Omar Say?

Several members of Congress have weighed in on comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar. The problem is, in their outrage, they were misrepresenting what she said. We've got the transcript.
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If America can find $716bn for the military, it can fund the Green New Deal

If we redirected the trillions spent on fruitless wars, funding Medicare for All and a Green New Deal is perfectly realistic
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Worse Than the Wall

The agencies that separate families, abuse children, and deport innocent people should be just as toxic as Trump’s wall.
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Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitic. Here's What Is.

Pro-Israel politicians don't speak for young Jews like me. They shouldn't pretend to.
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Ilhan Omar’s Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism

Democrats to vote on anti-semitism resolution in response to false accusation against Ilhan Omar.
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The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty

I’m Jewish and have worked against anti-Semitism for decades. I was sitting a few feet from Omar at Busboys & Poets and I heard nothing—nothing—that smacked of anti-Semitism, overt or coded or otherwise.
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What’s Worse Than Ticket Scalpers? Stock Scalpers.

A new Wall Street Tax proposal would crack down on the high frequency traders that are cheating the rest of us.
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Trump’s Bromance with Kim Is Gross, But Let the Love Letters Continue

Despite the failed summit, relations between the U.S. and North Korea are much better than they were 18 months ago.

The Role of Family Wealth in Reinforcing Generational Divides

How can anyone, especially 30-somethings, afford to live in increasingly expensive cities?
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Teachers Urge Divestment from Private Prisons

A recent report exposes how public pensions are intertwined with institutions that profit off mass incarceration.
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Why False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Against Ilhan Omar Are So Harmful

Bad-faith smears of Omar and many others are being used to crush Palestinian rights, undermine social movements and divert attention from real anti-Semitism.