Film: A Path Appears

Film: A Path Appears

A Path Appears investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to empower them to lead more fulfilling lives. Sex trafficking and prostitution. Domestic slavery. Teen pregnancy. The devastation of...
You Just Got ‘Richsplained’

You Just Got ‘Richsplained’

Tiffany Beroid, a mother and Wal-Mart employee in Laurel, Maryland,was forced to drop out of college because of her employer’s low wages and erratic scheduling practices. When she spoke out about the problems she faced, Wal-Mart fired her. Since then, Beroid has...
America’s Grand Fortunes Go Overboard

America’s Grand Fortunes Go Overboard

Imagine yourself part of the typical American family. Your household would have, the Federal Reserve reported in September, a net worth of $81,200. That’s not a whole lot of money. But half of America’s households would actually have less wealth than you do. Now...
Wall Street Bonuses and the Minimum Wage

Wall Street Bonuses and the Minimum Wage

Wall Street banks handed out $26.7 billion in bonuses to their 165,200 employees last year. That amount would be enough to more than double the pay for all 1,085,000 Americans who work full-time at the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Purveyors of...
Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

Six of the Top Ten U.S. Billionaires Are Kochs and Waltons

This blog originally featured in YES! Magazine. For the first time ever, according to Forbes magazine, the 400 richest Americanshave more than $2 trillion in combined wealth. And, a fifth of that amount is held by just 10 individuals. Of those top 10 richest...
New Guide Explains How and Why America Has Become So Unequal

New Guide Explains How and Why America Has Become So Unequal

Inequality.org, an online resource on income and wealth distribution supported by the Institute for Policy Studies, has just published the most up-to-date guide yet on why America has become so unequal, more unequal than any other major developed nation. The resource,...

New Report Shows True Cost of Inequality in Maryland

Washington DC – A new report for release on Wednesday, March 20, details the economic costs of inequality in the state of Maryland. The report, entitled “Closing the Inequality Divide: A Strategy for Fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland,” uses a...
Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Most Americans didn’t see it coming. Back at the end of 2004, our nation’s leading economic indicator, the Gross Domestic Product, was soaring along at a robust rate of over 4 percent per year. The prospects for continued prosperity,...

New Report Exposes Extreme Disparity in the Social Security Debate

Washington, D.C. — A new Institute for Policy Studies report to be released on March 14 analyzes proposed Social Security cuts and their potential impact on individuals at the top and the bottom of the health industry. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT On the top end, the...

How Our Tax Dollars Subsidize Exorbitant CEO and Executive Pay

** Press Conference call today, August 16, 11:00AM ET ** ** Dial-in: 712-432-0075; Passcode: 385784 ** 19th Annual ‘Executive Excess‘ Report Washington, D.C. — A new Institute for Policy Studies report released today offers the first comprehensive analysis of the...
50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

50 Years of Gutting America’s Middle Class

Sam Walton opened the first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas, 50 years ago this month. Sprawled along a major thoroughfare outside the city’s downtown, that inaugural store embodied many of the hallmarks that have since come to define the Walmart way of doing...
A Rich Man’s Message to America: You Need Us To Get Even Richer!

A Rich Man’s Message to America: You Need Us To Get Even Richer!

How can you tell a really smart rich guy from a really silly one? The really smart one would never spend four years writing a book that tries to justify the incredible riches of incredibly rich people. Mega-millionaire Edward Conard has done just that. Conard amassed...
Attack of the Billionaires

Attack of the Billionaires

It was a total lockdown. As jet after jet swept in surreptitiously with top brass and political decision-makers on board, every entrance to the site of the super-secret Coachella Valley planning summit was secured and patrolled by armed guards and helicopters. This...