Economic and Racial Justice

Combating inequality means both lifting up and building power at the bottom, and breaking up concentration of wealth and power at the top. That’s why we work at the intersection of economic and racial justice through projects designed to build leadership and self-empowerment of black workers, immigrant workers, and low-wage workers, youth and families affected by incarceration, along with projects aiming to reverse the rules that criminalize poor people of color, and projects fighting to ensure that the wealthy and Wall Street corporations pay their fair share of taxes.

Latest Work

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America is Ready for Universal Health Coverage

The United States today is the only industrialized nation that doesn't guarantee health care as a basic right to all its citizens. The Medicare For All Act could change that.

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.

It's Not Too Late to Reverse the Road to Zero Wealth for Households of Color

No savings, investments or home equity. This economic dystopia looms for minority families, and so does a choice: Do we want America to be more like Brazil or Canada?

Tax Cuts for the Rich Help the Rich, Not You

Big money will pull out all the stops to sell you a tax plan that exclusively benefits the wealthy. Don’t buy it.
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An Anti-Poverty Program That Makes It Pay to Work

The Earned Income Tax Credit may be the most popular bipartisan anti-poverty tool. So why won't the feds expand it?
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Trump Promised to Put American Workers First. He Lied.

Proposed cuts to federal agency budgets and changes to employment law benefit only the US president and his cronies.
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Climate Change is a Bigger Threat Than Any Military — Our Budget Should Reflect That

Facing financial ruin and the ruins of South Texas, some hawks want to throw more money at the military. That's ludicrous.
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It’s a Myth That Corporate Tax Cuts Mean More Jobs

Instead of tax-rate cuts for these big corporations, the coming tax debate in Congress should focus on making wealthy individuals and big corporations pay their fair share.

Teachers Shouldn't Have to Panhandle to Prep for a New School Year

The rich who run America's retail empires are conniving to slash the tax revenue that goes to America's public schools.
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Nissan Intimidated Its Workers into Voting “No” on Unionizing

After a failed union vote in Canton, Mississippi, Bayard talks about what went wrong and what can be done to move the labor movement forward.
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The Activists Who Helped Shut Down Trump’s CEO Councils

It took months of activist pressure for Trump's billionaire backers to finally back away from him.
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The Alt-Right and the 1%

When President Trump equated white supremacists with anti-racism protesters, he was sending a message to the thugs in the streets and to some in executive suites.
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Stop the Buzz Killing Beer Barons

Two conglomerates control 90 percent of the beer market, and that's costing you bucks.
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The Clever Games Tax ‘Reformers’ Play

Will corporate tax receipts increase under the Trump tax plan? Will the income individuals report decline? Only one thing is sure: The rich will come out ahead.
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Wall Street Loan Sharks Preying on Neighborhoods

Alumni of the Contract Buyers League regroup to fight back.
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No, Affirmative Action Isn’t Keeping White Students Down

Enrollment rates are still higher for whites than blacks or Latinos. Now is the worst time to roll back affirmative action.
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How Air Conditioning Unites — And Divides

Most Americans now have A/C at home. At work, it's a different story.
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Why Martin Shkreli Won’t Be the Last Pharma Bro

How Shkreli got rich in the first place remains not just legal but celebrated.
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Rising Angst Among Defenders of Overpaid CEOs

Efforts to repeal CEO-worker pay ratio disclosure continue, but the odds of success are growing longer.
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A Fight for Civil and Labor Rights: Union Vote Looms at Nissan

Workers in a Nissan Auto plant are close to winning one of the largest successes for labor in decades.
Black Worker Initiative

The Black Worker Initiative aims to assist in the expansion of opportunities for black worker organizing and thereby greatly contribute to the revitalization of the U.S. labor movement as a whole. This program is deeply committed to helping achieve both the historic and contemporary aims of the labor and civil rights movements.

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Criminalization of Race and Poverty

The Criminalization of Race and Poverty project conducts research and reports on the various components of the unjust targeting and punishment of impoverished people. It supports grassroots movements and policy advocacy aimed at transforming intersectional injustice into intersectional justice.

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Drug Policy

The Drug Policy Project combines scholarship with activism to transform drug control policy both at home and abroad. The Project works with grassroots entities, media, and policy makers to shift away from the drug “war” paradigm and its disastrous impacts on the environment, toward holistic policies that address public health and safety.

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Global Economy

The Global Economy Project seeks to speed the transition from an economy marked by excessive corporate power to an equitable and sustainable economic model. Through researching and critiquing corporate-driven trade, finance, and investment policies, the Global Economy project exposes the systems that empower the already wealthy to protect and expand their wealth.

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Inequality.org

Inequality.org is the premiere portal for the public at large, journalists, teachers, students, academics, activists, and any others seeking information and analysis on wealth and income inequality. Ultimately, our mission is to create and curate high-quality research and information, along with compelling stories, with the goal of ending economic inequality in the U.S. and abroad.

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OtherWords

OtherWords is a free, non-profit editorial service that distributes progressive commentaries to heartland newspapers across the United States.

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Peace Economy Transitions

The Peace Economy Transitions project has three components: First, writing, speaking and organizing in support of a demilitarized economy; second, working on models of community transition from defense dependency to alternative economic foundations; and third, building and maintaining a digital archive of peace economy research from the Cold War, post-Cold War, and post-9/11 periods.

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Program on Inequality and the Common Good

The Program on Inequality and the Common Good focuses on the dangers that growing inequality pose for U.S. democracy, economic health and civic life. Through research and reporting, this project encourages policy interventions that can reduce extreme wealth inequality, and close the growing gap between the rich and poor.

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Affiliated Projects

Economic Hardship Reporting Project

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Institute for Policy Studies devoted to immersive journalism about economic struggle. EHRP supports articles, photography, audio and video, and seeks to commission pieces from journalists who are financially on the edge and can speak from their experience.

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Too Much

Each month, Too Much explores excess and inequality, in the United States and throughout the world. The site has been called the “reality check on America’s economy.” We cover a wide swath of territory, everything from the latest executive pay outrage to the most current research insights on how staggering income and wealth divides are impacting our health and our happiness.

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Reports

Report: The Road to Zero Wealth

How the Racial Wealth Divide is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class

Report: Corporate Tax Cuts Boost CEO Pay, Not Jobs

This 24th annual report rebuts the GOP claim that slashing the corporate tax rate will lead to more and better jobs.

Report: Reversing Inequality

Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy

Report: The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low Wage Workers

The 2016 bonus pool held enough dollars to lift the pay of all of the country's more than 3 million servers up to $15 an hour.

Report: Gilded Giving

Top-Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality

Report: Combat Vs. Climate

The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

Report: Ever-Growing Gap

Without Change, African-American and Latino Families Won't Match White Wealth for Centuries

Utilities Pay Up

How ending tax dodging by America's electric utilities can help fund a job-creating, clean energy transition.

Report: Mothers at the Gate

A movement of family members is developing around the country that aims to challenge both the conditions in which their loved ones are held and the fact of mass incarceration itself.

Executive Excess 2015: Money to Burn

This 22nd annual report reveals how CEO pay is accelerating climate change.