OtherWords

OtherWords is a free, non-profit editorial service published by the Institute for Policy Studies. Each week, OtherWords distributes a batch of publication-ready op-eds, along with a cartoon, to thousands of readers — including hundreds of editors of small and medium-sized newspapers. Each year, these op-eds appear thousands of times in local newspapers throughout the country, as well as in a growing number of online outlets. We believe that strong social movements need informed citizens, and that people learn best from conversations in their own communities — neighbor-to-neighbor. But between a consolidated, corporate-controlled mass media and a deafening social media echo chamber, it’s gotten harder than ever to have these conversations, especially in smaller communities with few local media options.

Through OtherWords, we’re able to provide millions of readers in America’s heartland with intelligent commentary on a range of progressive causes — on climate, inequality, war and peace, the movements for race and gender justice, and beyond. Through the trusted local papers that use our service, we reach readers in red, blue, and purple states alike with well-written, timely commentaries on the national issues that affect their lives. To read our work or get information about publishing it in your community, check out OtherWords.org.

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Latest Work

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Students Get the Last Word on Commencement

If they don't want protests, universities need to give students more input on their commencement speakers.

The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story

The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists.
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Congress Wants to Cut Your Health Care — And Billionaires’ Taxes

But health care costs, not corporate taxes, are the real drain on the U.S. economy.
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How We Can Get Out of Our Coal Hole

States that invest in renewables are reaping the rewards. Those that stick to coal are courting a mining collapse.
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If Washington Won’t Rein in Corporate Greed, Your State Might

A business owner turned state legislator is working to rein in runaway pay at the top of the corporate ladder.
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The Myths Behind Inequality in Our Country

Imploring people to simply work harder ignores the fact that most jobs don’t pay enough to get ahead.

Remembering the Insider Who Blew the Whistle on Corporate Greed

Graef Crystal proved that corporations won't police themselves. Maybe good policies can.
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Let’s Face It: Coal Industry Is a Job Killer

Wind and solar could create many, many more jobs than coal — especially if the government stops propping it up.
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Here's Your Diploma, Graduates — and Your Debt

44 million households now hold $1.4 trillion of student debt.
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You Pay Your Fair Share. Shouldn’t Wall Street?

While you and I file our taxes, Republicans want to make it even easier for big banks to dodge them.

After the Chemical Attack, It’s Time to Get Rid of the ‘Muslim Ban’

Now that he cares about the fate of Syrian children, I hope Trump will open up our country — not bomb theirs.
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Money Talks. We Need to Talk Louder.

Liberals and conservatives don't agree on much, but we all want money out of politics.
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The History of Taxes, in One Mega-Rich Family

The Rockefellers saw their wealth slimmed down by taxes—but it grew back.
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Under Trump, the U.S. May Now Be Killing More Civilians Than Russia

With mass-casualty events from Raqqa to Mosul, some think the U.S. military is scrapping rules designed to protect innocents.
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My Autistic Child Isn’t ‘Diseased’

Instead of trying to "cure" autism, we should focus on creating a friendlier, more respectful environment.
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More Americans Are Drowning Financially in Underwater Nation

20% of Americans have zero or negative net worth—and that number is growing.
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The GOP Health Plan Would Make the Opioid Crisis Even Worse

States that supported Trump are going to be the hardest hit.
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A Movement for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ Takes Shape

Schools should uphold and protect the right to learn for all of their students — no matter where they were born.
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Trump's Insecurity Budget

Throwing money at the Pentagon while gutting other programs that protect Americans shouldn't make anyone feel safer.
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The White House Budget Proposal Doesn't Add Up

The president's budget won't balance federal spending one bit, but it'll move a lot of money up to the rich.
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Peter Certo

Peter Certo

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

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In the News

The Art of Inequality

The Providence Journal | April 23, 2013

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

The Muscatine (IA) Journal | March 26, 2013

Inequality Is Hurting Us All

Common Dreams | March 20, 2013

A Pension Deficit Disorder

The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012

Ripe for Reduction

The San Antonio Express-News | December 17, 2012

Our National Failure to Commit

The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune | December 16, 2012

Our Health Care System is Still Sick

The Gilmer (TX) Mirror | December 16, 2012

Ripe for Reduction

The Liberty (TX) Vindicator | December 15, 2012

Ripe for Reduction

Counterpunch | December 14, 2012

Jobs or the Environment?

The (Youngstown OH) Vindicator | December 13, 2012

The Airline Industry's Fee-for-All

Nation of Change | December 13, 2012

The Airline Industry's Fee-for-All

The Illinois Times | December 13, 2012

Our National Failure to Commit

The Huffington Post | December 12, 2012

In Fact, Fairly Taxing the Rich Won't Scare Them Away

The Albany Tribune | December 12, 2012

Our Health Care System is Still Sick

Blue Table Talk | December 12, 2012

Solving the Twinkie Murder Case

Blue Table Talk | December 11, 2012

Dodging the Fiscal Swindle

The Galesburg (IL) Planet | December 9, 2012

The Fiscal Hoax

The Everett (WA) Sky Valley Chronicle | December 9, 2012