Negin Owliaei is an Inequality Editor and Researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies. Before joining IPS, she worked as a journalist and digital producer at Al Jazeera Media Network, where she covered social movements and the internet for the award-winning program The Stream. Negin graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in International Studies and English.

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Building a United Working Class in North Carolina

Down Home North Carolina is organizing a multiracial movement to restore power to the state's working people.
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May Day Parade Stands Up Against Wage Theft

Activists demand accountability from Power Design, a subcontractor enabling the "race to the bottom" at construction sites around Washington, D.C.
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Demonstrators Disrupt Wells Fargo Shareholder Meeting

An annual protest tradition continues as activists demand accountability from the scandal-ridden bank.

Arizona Teachers Show Link Between Tax Cuts and Underfunded Schools

The state's teachers go on strike, calling for a ban on tax cuts until education funding reaches national average.
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Teacher Strikes are About Far More than Fair Pay

A growing movement is connecting labor struggles with justice in the classroom and the community.

Tipped Workers Win with Spending Bill

The victory belongs to the workers, organizers, and advocates who maintained fierce backlash to the proposal.
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Teachers Deserve a Raise. Here's How to Fund It.

Huge tax cuts for energy corporations have left state school budgets broke.
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West Virginia's Teachers Score a Win

The teacher's strike holds a lesson for other states: slashing taxes is no excuse for underfunding education.
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Florida Farmworkers Push for Fairness in the Fields

South Florida was known as a hotbed for modern day slavery. Now, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are using their innovative model to bring dignity to the tomato fields.
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Building a Labor Movement for the 21st Century

In preparation of the landmark Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case, workers across the U.S. rally to show their collective power and demand an end to the rigged economy.
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The Super Bowl Should Support Communities, Not Displace Them

Minnesota activists have launched a week of resistance against racism, corporatism, and displacement caused by the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
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What Happens When Wall Street Becomes Your Landlord?

Wall Street rental empires pit the profits of investors against the needs of tenants — leading to absurd rent increases, dangerous negligence, and high eviction rates.
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Iran’s Protests Take Place Against a Backdrop of Inequality

Regardless of the future of the demonstrations, the government must deal with long-standing economic tension.
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Who Owns Tips? If Trump’s Department of Labor Gets Its Way, Not Workers

A new proposal would take tips out of the hands of the people who earn them.
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Maintaining Momentum Against the Tax Bill

Protesters around the country are putting pressure on Congress amid the rush to pass Trump tax cuts.
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Understanding Retail’s Volatile Moment

While you're holiday shopping, remember the unstable job conditions for retail workers.
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Outside Tax Prom, Protesters Offer a Different Party

The gala, like the Trump tax plan, caters to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.
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What's One Way to Fight Inequality? Fund Local Journalism.

Joe Rickett's decision to shut down two major online publicationshas altered the local U.S. news environment. Barbara Ehrenreich plans on restoring it.
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Kansas Tried Trickle-Down Economics. It Didn't Work.

A failed experiment left the state with underfunded schools, gaps in public services—and lessons for the rest of us.