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This Week in OtherWords: June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Julian Bond calls on Congress to fix the mistakes the Supreme Court made in its ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act. Given that our cartoonist Khalil Bendib had so masterfully illustrated the many ways that voting rights were under attack long before the majority's Shelby County v. Holder ruling came out, we're reprising two of his earlier cartoons on this topic. One accompanies Bond's commentary and the other goes with a column I wrote with William A. Collins. We've also got a new editorial cartoon regarding genetically engineered crops.

As always, our commentaries and cartoons are available for use at no charge in newspapers and new media under a Creative Commons license. Editors may find information about that on our website or contact me with any questions at OtherWords[ AT ]ips-dc.org. If you haven't already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do.

  1. The Modern Movement for Civil Rights / Julian Bond
    Congress must act to correct the Supreme Court's many wrongs.
  2. Michigan’s Snappy Innovation / Nehemaiah Rolle
    The Farm Bill should expand a pilot program that's alleviating hunger and helping farmers in Michigan and Ohio.
  3. Today’s Mad Men / Colleen Teubner
    The military justice system needs a 21st century wake-up call.
  4. Giving a Big Story the Cold Shoulder / Don Kraus
    TV news coverage of climate change is spotty and misleading.
  5. Where Would We Be Without Social Security? / Jo Comerford
    Congress must ensure that the promise of Social Security and Medicare remains fully funded.
  6. An Endangered Species Up in Arms / Don Kraus
    The number of students taking humanities courses is plummeting, and financing for liberal arts education is being tea-partied to death.
  7. Runaway CEO Pay Gets a Free Pass / Sam Pizzigati
    The House Financial Services Committee has just moved to repeal the only statutory provision now on the books that puts real heat on overpaid top executives.
  8. The 2013 Corporate Chutzpah Award / Jill Richardson
    The World Food Prize Foundation should look further afield.
  9. A New Housing Emergency / Jim Hightower
    Many of our wealthiest citizens are hurting.
  10. Fair Elections, RIP / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    The Supreme Court's Shelby ruling aids a Republican plan to win more elections without winning support from more voters.
  11. Corporate Witchcraft / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org
     
    Corporate Witchcraft, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib
This Week in OtherWords: June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Sam Pizzigati points out that the contracts our government doles out to private companies to snoop on us are making some corporate executives very rich. As always, our commentaries and cartoons are available for use at no charge in newspapers and new media under a Creative Commons license. Editors may find information about that on our website or contact me with any questions at OtherWords[ AT ]ips-dc.org. If you haven't already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do.

  1. A New Education Debate / Isaiah J. Poole
    It's time to focus on what the children who attend public schools really need to succeed.
  2. Failing a Test of the Emergency Broadcast System / Stephanie Worden
    Our emergency communications system needs an upgrade.
  3. Our Star-Spangled Banner Waves for All of Us / Raul A. Reyes
    The racist attacks on a young Mexican-American prodigy who sang the National Anthem didn't occur in a vacuum.
  4. Fantasy Budgeting Won’t Make Us Safer / Ryan Alexander
    Lawmakers should make targeted and smart Pentagon budget cuts.
  5. A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women / Kathleen Robin Joyce
    Our reproductive rights are still in danger.
  6. Uncle Sam’s Vast Dragnet / Donald Kaul
    We have a right to be left alone unless the government can give us a very good reason to the contrary.
  7. Snooping Makes an Easy Road to Riches / Sam Pizzigati
    Corporate execs at firms like Booz Allen have a vested self-interest in pumping up demand for their snooping services.
  8. Eat Real / Jill Richardson
    Too many diets are about hype, not health.
  9. Metadata Mining Is Mega Awful / Jim Hightower
    There's no shortage of complaints about the nation's massive surveillance dragnet now that We the People know about it.
  10. Locking Up Our Future / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    The logical fix would require putting more money and effort into securing jobs, transitional housing, and drug treatment for ex-offenders.
  11. The Naked Dragnet Emperor / Khalil Bendib cartoon

The Naked Dragnet Emperor, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org

This Week in OtherWords: June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Timothy Karr discusses the surveillance scandal (Spygate?). We're also running immigration op-eds by the Sierra Club's Michael Brune and a mom who wants the ongoing reform efforts to include stronger protections for au pairs. Are you looking for something with a Flag Day angle? Scott Klinger urges U.S. corporations to stop flying the Jolly Roger.

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  1. Dancing Around the First and Fourth Amendments / Timothy Karr
    The government can keep us safe from terrorism without stifling free speech, invading everyone's privacy, and seizing our data.
  2. A More Sustainable Future for Us All / Michael Brune
    The Sierra Club strongly supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
  3. A Radioactive Waste of Money / Mia Steinle
    The federal government should stop building a pointless $7.7 billion facility to convert plutonium into fuel for nuclear reactors.
  4. It’s Time Corporations Flew Old Glory Instead of the Jolly Roger / Scott Klinger
    Instead of gaming the tax system to boost corporate profits, American business leaders need to start investing more in this nation.
  5. Showing Our Caregivers We Care About Them
    The immigration reform bill now pending in the Senate would protect au pairs against human trafficking and abusive recruitment practices before they even arrive.
  6. Stripping Detroit of Its Remaining Riches / Donald Kaul
    The state-appointed emergency manager may be on the verge of selling the local art museum's masterpieces to pay the city's bills.
  7. The Day the Music Stopped / Sam Pizzigati
    A banker's squeeze-play has silenced an entire orchestra.
  8. Casting a Spotlight on Frankenfoods / Jill Richardson
    A legislative victory in Connecticut is the first for American consumers who are demanding the right to know if our food is genetically engineered.
  9. Catching Monsanto’s Drift / Jim Hightower
    Frankenwheat crops are sprouting like weeds in Oregon.
  10. Egging On North Korea / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    The saber-rattling is mutual.
  11. Pirates of the Cayman Islands / Khalil Bendib

    Pirates of the Cayman Islands, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib


    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org

This Week in OtherWords: A Spotlight on Poverty

June 5, 2013 ·

his week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson puts her own brush with food stamps into a broader context, Jim Hightower lampoons a rich Tennessee lawmaker who wants to slash spending on the program but pockets plenty of farm subsidies, and Marc Morial calls for raising the minimum wage. Donald Kaul, meanwhile, bids Michele Bachmann a not-so-fond farewell.

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Here's a clickable summary of all our latest commentaries and a link to our new cartoon.

  1. None of My Business / Chris Schillig
    We have a cockeyed view of poverty in America.
  2. Prosperity for All / Richard Kirsch
    The economy that matters is measured by whether enough Americans hold decent jobs, not the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
  3. Boosting the Economy from the Bottom Up / Marc Morial
    It's time to raise the minimum wage and peg it to inflation.
  4. Michele Bachmann Bows Out / Donald Kaul
    Her most hilarious accomplishment was being named to the House Intelligence Committee.
  5. The Wealthy’s Free Pass / Sam Pizzigati
    Our tax code pads the bottom line of the Americans who need help the least.
  6. Feeding the Economy / Jill Richardson
    The government should expand the food stamp program, not shrink it.
  7. A Frog-Jumping Double Standard on Food Subsidies / Jim Hightower
    Millionaire lawmaker Stephen Fincher is pushing for cuts to food stamps and increases in subsidies that will pad the Tennessee Republican's own bottom line.
  8. Cleaning Up Our Portfolios / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins
    A new movement is putting pressure on people and institutions to dump their investments in dirty energy companies.
  9. Food Stamps SOS / Khalil Bendib 

    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org
    Food Stamps SOS, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib 
This Week in OtherWords: May 29, 2013

May 29, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Bob Lord points to the larger story behind Apple's outrageous-without-being-illegal tax record and Jess Hunter-Bowman notes that Latin America is leading the way toward a more rational drug policy.

Here's a clickable summary of all our latest commentaries and a link to our new cartoon. As always, these materials are available for use at no charge in newspapers and new media under a Creative Commons license. Editors may find information about that on our website or contact me with any questions at OtherWords[ AT ]ips-dc.org.

If you haven't already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do.

  1. Charting a New Course on Illegal Drugs / Jess Hunter-Bowman
    After 40 years of failing to stem the drug trade, there's a global conversation about new approaches.
  2. The Irish Tax Blight / Bob Lord
    Apple has illuminated how corporations can easily avoid taxation as our economy becomes more global.
  3. How to Help Syria Now / Chris Toensing
    Washington should step up diplomacy and humanitarian aid rather than taking a more belligerent stance.
  4. Oklahoma’s Biblical Irony / Donald Kaul
    Sen. Coburn's underlying logic goes to the heart of the snake oil that Republicans are selling the American people these days.
  5. These Hedges Need Trimming / Sam Pizzigati
    Are hedge funds a financial service or a racket?
  6. How I Fell for Farmers’ Markets / Jill Richardson
    Eaters everywhere across America are discovering the joy of buying directly from local farmers.
  7. The New Face of Poverty in America / Jim Hightower
    The suburbs have become the fastest-growing home of American poverty.
  8. Neglecting Mother Nature / William A. Collins
    There's no clear sense of urgency regarding the environment in the United States today.
  9. Oklahoma’s Silly Goose / Khalil Bendib cartoon

    Emily Schwartz Greco is the managing editor of OtherWords, a non-profit national editorial service run by the Institute for Policy Studies OtherWords.org
    Oklahoma's Silly Goose, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib 
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