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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Racism is Literally Killing African-American Mothers

The chronic stress of racism endangers black moms of all kinds — from Serena Williams to Erica Garner.
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I’m an Eagle Scout, and I Don’t Want Pipelines in My Wilderness

A gas pipeline would put a gash the size of a 12-lane highway along the Appalachian Trail. Is nothing sacred?
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No Love for Working Families This Valentine’s Day

A Pennsylvania secretary gets an extra $1.50 a week from the GOP tax bill. The Koch brothers get an extra $27 million.
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What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing

The president's "open hand" to Democrats is full of poison pills.
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Move Along, Baby Boomers

In the face of countless crises, it’s time for the next generation to lead.
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Hollywood Won’t Destroy Sexism, But We Can

The solution isn't for Oprah to run for president. It's to listen to women everywhere.
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The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy

While Republicans may succeed in scoring a short term win for their donors, their tax plan is sparking a new moral movement against inequality.
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Everyone Hates This Tax Bill

The more the public learns about the tax cut plan making its way through Congress, the more they hate it.
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Stop Talking About ‘Winners and Losers’ from Corporate Tax Cuts

No working person should pay more to reward billionaires and corporate tax dodgers.
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It's the Best of Times for Billionaires, The Worst for Everyone Else

There's much to learn from Dickens' iconic story. Our revolution doesn't have to be as bloody.
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Republicans Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors

It’s unpopular. It’s expensive. But the donors want it.
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Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too

The United States is one of the top incarcerators of women in the world, which breaks up families and endangers children.
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If There’s a War on Coal, Coal Already Lost

Trump's coddling can't save the notoriously dirty industry when cleaner options and better jobs abound.
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A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?

When our soldiers kill and die in wars we don’t know about and can’t end, we’re not a democracy anymore.
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There’s No Defending Founding Fathers Who Practiced Slavery

Men who imagined brilliant new freedoms failed to imagine them for enslaved Americans. That means we have to be revolutionary today.
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An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate

There's a heist coming. Arm yourself with the facts.
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The NFL Should Do More Than Just Take A Knee

NFL owners have banded together against Trump’s divisive comments, but will they put their money where their mouth is?
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The Dark Side of Hosting the Olympics

The Olympics are coming back to Los Angeles. But the games are notoriously bad news for poor people in host cities.
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Can Anti-Racist Businesses Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is?

Corporations rejecting racism is good, but it's a low bar — especially when many still profit off it.

Racial Inequality Is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

As our country becomes more diverse, our racial wealth gap means it's also becoming poorer.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

Foreign Policy in Focus, OtherWords

In the News

The Pen is Funnier than the Sword

The Portland Observer | October 24, 2017

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 Health Care System is Still Sick

The Gilmer (TX) Mirror | December 16, 2012

Our National Failure to Commit

The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune | 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