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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In Mass Shootings, Motive Matters

If we omit the El Paso shooter’s motive, we risk erasing the victims — minimizing them to footnotes in the coverage of yet another mass shooting.

Report: the Detention Drain

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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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Israel's Ban on Tlaib and Omar Shows Netanyahu and Trump's Contempt for Democracy

The episode may have laid the foundation for a deeper critique of the Trump-Netanyahu partnership, and of U.S. policy toward Israel and Palestine.
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Trump’s Public Charge Rule Is an Attack on Legal Immigrants

After demonizing undocumented immigration, Trump’s new public charge rule targets legal immigrants on the basis of income and race.
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Trump Tweets, Then Netanyahu Bans Reps. Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib From Israel

Jim Zogby and Phyllis Bennis discuss the Trump-Netanyahu dynamic, the diminishing power of AIPAC, and the political battle against Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib.
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Red States Cut Worker Pay By $1.5 Billion

If you’re a minimum wage worker in a conservative state, your state lawmakers may have cut your paycheck by over $4,000.
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‘Slowbalization’: Is the Slowing Global Economy a Boon or Bane?

Some economists worry the world has passed “peak globalization.” But that could be good for the planet.
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Mass Shootings, Economic Inequality, and a Racist President

Three mass shootings in one week, homelessness abound, and a liar who hurls racist rhetoric from the White House stoop. America needs a course correction.
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How States Can Better Care for Direct Care Workers

A new report offers recommendations for state policymakers looking to strengthen the backbone of the care economy — the direct care workers themselves.
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Out of Ottawa, Some Deflating New Stats on Life in the World's Richest Nation

An innovative binational analysis details how plutocracy is squeezing low and middle income Americans.
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Global Labor Movement Loses a Champion

Former AFL-CIO international affairs director Barbara Shailor fought for the rights of working people around the world.
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The Bipartisan $738 Billion Military Budget Deal

America needs to cut military spending and reinvest that money into good jobs, clean energy, health care, and education access for all.
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For True Climate Justice, Abolish ICE and CBP

Lawmakers say frontline communities should be at the heart of the Green New Deal. They must include current and future undocumented immigrants.
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US Jews on Trump’s Camps: ‘Never again’

I’m not saying the events of the Holocaust are repeating themselves right now. I’m saying that, as a Jew, I carry with me the memory of what can happen when everyday people allow our leaders to scapegoat an entire community.
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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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The Escalating Trade War and the Renewed Nuclear Arms Race Overshadow Ending the War in Afghanistan

Even if Trump manages to end the war in Afghanistan, he’s fueling other wars that will be even more devastating.
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In the US Killing Fields, We're Way Past 'Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough'

The mass shootings aren't just symptoms of guns or mental illness, but also of Trump promoting and encouraging white supremacy, racism, and xenophobia.
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What Medicare for All Would Have Meant a Decade Ago

Imagine if the next generation of Americans experienced healthcare as a human right, and quality of care wasn't determined by wealth or income.