Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

Occupy Wall Street: New Politics and New Milestones

This is an extraordinary time. The astonishing Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the heart of our 99%, claimed the little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality — how the 1%...
Obama: Selectively Honoring MLK

Obama: Selectively Honoring MLK

At the end of August, I headed over to the opening of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial right before the hurricane. I returned this past weekend for the official dedication, which brought more than 10,000 people to what now is sacred ground. During the ceremony,...

Letelier-Moffit International Award: Belen, Posada del Migrante

La dolorosa migración forzada Centroamericana: “Mis puertas abrí al caminante y la noche no pasaba afuera.” Desde hace ocho años atraviesa el territorio mexicano de frontera a frontera una enorme caravana hambrienta, despojada,...

Letelier-Moffitt Domestic Award: Wisconsin Progressive Movement

It is indeed thrilling for us to be here with you tonight. The Institute for Policy Studies has a long and highly valued reputation of promoting and protecting human and civil rights. For MTI to be recognized by your organization is an honor for our Union; and to have...
Occupy Wall Street’s Deep Roots

Occupy Wall Street’s Deep Roots

A journalist asked me the other day where the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy DC protests came from. This is the story I told him. These movements have deep roots. They were planted over the past century by the millions of workers who stood up to exploitation and won...
35th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

35th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

The 2011 LM Awards mark the 35th anniversary of the assassination on September 21st, 1976 of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and American Ronni Karpen Moffitt, colleagues at the Institute for Policy Studies. The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards ceremony...
The Wisconsin Struggle: The Next Phase

The Wisconsin Struggle: The Next Phase

Over the past year, a broad coalition of progressive forces came together in Wisconsin to build massive resistance to a conservative onslaught on worker rights and social programs. This movement has inspired millions across the country and the world. Please join...

From Arab Spring to Wisconsin to Wall Street to October 12

Today, the occupation of Wall Street spreads to Washington, where it’s gaining momentum. These occupations are focusing the nation’s attention on confronting the giant corporations that have grabbed too much economic and political power after decades of...
The Undocumented Poet

The Undocumented Poet

One of my earliest inspirations in the undocumented youth movement was Mario Angel Escobar, a former child soldier from El Salvador who was among the first to publicly share his story and tell the world he was indocumentado. Mario took to legislative allies, and...
Heroes Fighting to Save the Middle Class: Wisconsin’s Progressives

Heroes Fighting to Save the Middle Class: Wisconsin’s Progressives

The Institute for Policy Studies issues awards each year to heroes of the progressive movement. One goes to an outstanding group or individual in the United States. One goes to an international awardee. This year domestic Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award will be...

Will Obama’s Push for Jobs Lead to a New Economy?

It is wonderful to be back full-time at IPS – 15 months is a long time to be away. I’m deeply indebted to the Institutes’ staff, board, and supporters like you for keeping IPS vibrant. I want to thank Joy Zarembka in particular for guiding IPS during...
Unconventional Wisdom: A New Legacy

Unconventional Wisdom: A New Legacy

There are few events in Washington that get me excited. But I’m relishing the opportunity to see the opening of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial this weekend. King’s actions and words offer hope, inspiration, and a vision that, as an...