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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The Deep-Pocket Push to Deep-Six Public Schools

The backstory to the showdown in Los Angeles between teachers and billionaires.
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The Government Shutdown Expands the Ranks of 'Underwater Nation'

Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.
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A Dream Deferred: MLK's Dream of Economic Justice Is Far From Reality

90 years after King was born, the racial wealth divide is actually growing — which drags down the entire economy.
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Trump Punts on Syria

The forever war in the Middle East is far from over.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Tax Plan Can Get The Rich To Actually Want To Make All Americans Richer. Here's How.

Linking the top tax rate to minimum wage could be the key to incentivizing wealthy Americans to shrink income inequality.
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It’s Time for T.S.A. Workers to Strike

The shutdown is painful, but it is also an opportunity for labor to take a stand.
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Will the Longest Shutdown in US History End in a Power Grab?

If Trump declares a national emergency, he can fund his wall against the wishes of Democrats. Will he?
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How New Yorkers Are Holding Their New Politicians to Their Word

Voters made their desire for progressive change clear in November. Now they're making sure their new representatives come through with their campaign promises.

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How Enriching the 1% Widens the Racial Wealth Divide
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U.S. Tax Policy Can Turn on a Dime. Has Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Turned It?

The youngest lawmaker in Congress delivers a history lesson America has needed for years.
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Democratic Leaders Failed Their First Big Test on Climate

Kicking the can down the road appears to be a bipartisan sport in Washington.
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Trump's $5 Billion Wall Is a Waste

Here's what we could spend it on instead.
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United Nations Inaction and the Gaza Crisis: Ten Years ago and Today

The UN must stand with the people around the world who are calling, and acting, to bring an end to this death and destruction.
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Not One Network Should Have Aired Trump's Immigration Speech

The president is going to demonize the media no matter what they do. So why not do the right thing?
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Will Trump Rule by Decree?

It’s a small leap from a “state of emergency” at the border to martial law throughout the country.
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Celebrating the Life of Norman Birnbaum

We will miss Norman's incisive analysis of an incredibly wide span of history, his clarity of vision, and his often-biting wit.
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Prices, Plutocrats, and Corporate Concentration

The more industries monopolize, the wider the gap between our richest and everyone else.
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Get the Federal Government out of Washington

Relocating federal agencies to the heartland would create jobs, revitalize cities, and put government more in touch with the people.
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Stop Wasting Money on the Pentagon

Military leaders literally don’t know what they’re doing with our money, but they want more. People on the left and right have had enough.
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John Bolton Says He Wants to Protect Africa from ‘Predatory’ Chinese Behavior. What About Washington’s?

Chinese investment may come with strings attached, but Africa deserves an alternative to U.S.-led neoliberalism and militarization.