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This Week in OtherWords: March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013 ·

This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson makes the case for raising chickens in your backyard and Sam Pizzigati discusses Ford's worker-financed bailout.

Donald Kaul is taking a spring break this week and will be back on April 3, when we'll run a Tax Day special edition.

Here's a clickable summary of our latest commentaries and a link to our new cartoon. If you haven't already subscribed to our weekly newsletter, please do.

  1. A Plateful of Justice / Javier Rojo
    The people that wash your dishes and the folks who cook and serve your food deserve better.
  2. Ditching ‘Rape Culture’ for Good / Alana Baum
    From HBO's "Girls" to CNN's coverage of the Steubenville case, it's time for people to start talking about rape in a more productive way.
  3. A Dubious Honor / Wenonah Hauter
    How can Smithfield rank so high on Fortune's list of most-admired companies?
  4. Don’t Cheat Your Grandma / Martha Burk
    One idea for cutting Social Security that's gaining popularity in Washington would hurt the elderly, especially older women.
  5. When Workers Foot the Bill for Bailouts / Sam Pizzigati
    U.S. executives, including Ford CEO Alan Mulally, are personally profiting off their employees' pain.
  6. Why I’m a Chick with Chicks / Jill Richardson
    As a visit to my Cluckingham Palace coop proves, small-scale chicken raising is compatible with modern city life.
  7. Obama’s Unethical End Run / Jim Hightower
    Obama's transparent deception on special-interest money.
  8. A Tortured History / William A. Collins
    Could you or I be kidnapped and waterboarded and still have no right to sue?
  9. Invisible Hand University / Khalil Bendib cartoon

Invisible Hand University, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

Save the Date! IPS 50th Anniversary Celebration, October 11-13

March 25, 2013 ·

IPS 50th Anniversary logoThe Institute for Policy Studies invites you to IPS's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion highlighting bold and progressive social movements over the last 5 decades. From October 11th-13th, 2013, we will host a weekend of events in Washington, D.C. honoring progressive activists and activism and envisioning a plan for the future.

We will begin with an opening "reunion" reception to celebrate IPSers from the past, present and future on Friday, October 11, 2013. This will be a great opportunity for old friends to reconnect and for the extended IPS family to come together. On Saturday and Sunday, we will hold an “Ideas into Action” Festival featuring workshops, forums, and artistic expressions as well as a bazaar for our progressive partners and allies to feature their work. The celebration will culminate with a VIP dinner at Busboys and Poets and an interactive gala at the historic Union Station on Sunday evening with over 600 people, including notable progressives from major social movements in the past 50 years and rising young public scholars and activists of today.

The Theme of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion is "The Next 50 Years" and all events will be intergenerational with an emphasis on the next generation of public scholars and a bold, progressive future.

Event Dates:

October 11th, 2013
IPS Reunion Reception

October 12th-13th, 2013
Ideas into Action Festival

October 13th, 2013
IPS Sustainable Dinner

October 13th, 2013
50th Anniversary Gala
Purchase Tickets (early-bird rates going fast!) 

Together, we can bring together the IPS community for a truly amazing weekend! Please also stay abreast by joining our IPS Community: Celebrating 50 Years on Facebook.

If you would like to help with planning and preparation or know of IPSers we should be contacting, please email Joy Zarembka, Associate Director, at joy@ips-dc.org or call 202-787-5244.