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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How Wealth Managers Undermine Society and What We Can Do About It

An expert explains how shadowy practitioners of financial trickery help facilitate widespread tax evasion — and undermine democratic government.
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Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

There have been two giant wins for democracy, human rights, and the environment in an unlikely spot: the small, embattled nation of El Salvador. What lessons can be learned, and can nations and activists build on these two victories?
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Companies Can Either Make Things Or Make CEOs Rich

Making breakthroughs for consumers is hard, companies have found. But making fortunes for CEOs is easy.
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Honor Juneteenth by Closing the Racial Wealth Divide

Even over 150 years after slavery, black families still lag centuries behind whites in household wealth.
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Who's To Blame for Inequality?

Deep pockets are pushing to place the blame on firms that can't keep up with the top 5% of companies, and want to see labor rights slashed accordingly.
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How to Go the Resistance Distance: Pop-Up Schools for Novice Activists

Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the Trump Era.
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The Growing Problem of Hidden Wealth

The more wealth the super rich pile up, new research details, the more taxes they maneuver to evade.
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Corporate Allies in Washington Take Aim at CEO Pay Reform

Despite a growing consensus that corporate CEOs are overpaid, Washington's CEO Pay Apologists Club mobilizes to strike down executive pay reforms.
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It's Time for Trump to Do Something About High CEO Pay

Candidate Trump repeatedly bashed high CEO pay, but President Trump has done very little to address CEO pay ratios.
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No Country for People with Disabilities

Trump wants to slash $610 billion from Medicaid — on top of the $800 billion the House wants to cut in repealing Obamacare. That will be devastating for people with disabilities.
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Illinois is Tired of Carrying the Carried Interest Loophole

After two years without a budget, the Illinois state senate moves to close a tax loophole that cost the state billions.
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Donald Trump Is Playing 'Bad Cop' With His Extremist Budget Proposal

The president is useful to Republicans because he allows them to appear comparably less extreme than they actually are.

El Salvador – When The Seeds Of Resistance Bloom

On 30th March 2017 legislators in El Salvador approved a blanket ban on all metal mining activities in the country – the first country in the world to do so.
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The Gratifying Challenges of Mothering a Trans Child

Mothering a transgender child several years before there was any public understanding of what makes a baby transgender is a mountain most mothers hope they don't have to climb. But mothers don't have the luxury of staying confused.
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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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The Moms Fighting for Their Kids Behind Bars

For the mothers of the 54,000 children incarcerated in this country — the most of any in the world — Mother's Day rings in an acute pain.
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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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Automation Kills Jobs and Brings Mass Poverty. Call That Progress?

The "One Rich Guy" who profits would.
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Making Wall Street Loopholes Great Again

The public faces of President Trump’s tax plan, Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin, are poster boys for Wall Street tax-dodging.
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Are Trump's H1-B Visa Reforms Just a Dog Whistle for His Base?

Trump’s latest executive order cannot be taken in isolation from his broader immigration agenda, which is overwhelmingly xenophobic.

Reports

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.
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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