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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Private Jets and Trust Fund Kids Show Where the GOP's Tax Priorities Lie

The private jets provision in the Senate bill is indicative of who's at the table – the wealthiest presidential cabinet in American history and their billionaire friends.
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America’s Wealth Inequality Has Reached Staggering New Levels

Most concerning is the potential for these wealth hoarders to use their outsized bank accounts to buy outsized power over our government.
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What's One Way to Fight Inequality? Fund Local Journalism.

Joe Rickett's decision to shut down two major online publicationshas altered the local U.S. news environment. Barbara Ehrenreich plans on restoring it.
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VIDEO: Trump Is All in on the Philippine Drug War

Trump has lavished praised on Duterte's extrajudicial murders — and Duterte's envoy to the U.S. is developing a little project called Trump Tower Manila.
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Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett Are Wealthier Than The Bottom Half of the Country Combined

That’s three people versus about 160 million people.
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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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Trump's Tax Plan Taunts the Dignity of Labor

If it passes, this plan would have our national tax burden resting overwhelmingly on income from the labor of working people.
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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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There Can Be No Genuine Tax Reform Without Addressing Hidden Wealth

The recently leaked Paradise Papers underscore the need to crack down on tax dodging instead of passing another giveaway for the wealthy.
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If The Trump-GOP Tax Plan Passes, Kiss Your Home’s Equity Goodbye!

The Trump-GOP tax plan is a declaration of war on homeowners, homebuilders, realtors, and the mortgage industry.

Trump’s Tax Cuts Are the Biggest Wealth Grab in Modern History

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is nothing short of a boon to the very wealthy at the expense of everyone else.
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The GOP's Corporate Tax Giveaway Negates the Benefits of Closing the CEO Pay Loophole

I've argued to close this loophole for 20 years, but not at the expense of the colossal damage the rest of this plan would cause.
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We Worked on Tax Reform Under Reagan. Trump's Is Much Worse.

Reagan actually raised taxes on corporations.
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Activist Groups Work on Inspiring Alternatives to the GOP Tax Plan

Rep. Jayapal of Seattle is among the leading Progessive Democrats working to educate constituents about a fast-moving Republican tax plan.
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How To Stop Corporations from Blackmailing Congress

Local institutions should start leveraging their economic clout on behalf of the low- and moderate-income communities that surround them.
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Jane Fonda Takes on ‘the Other NRA’

The actress and lifelong activist joins restaurant workers in the fight to end sub-minimum tipped wage.

Who Will Stop Stephen Miller, the Man Behind America's Anti-Refugee Policy?

Miller has usurped the power of the National Security Council, state and defense departments to set refugee policy by himself.
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This Year’s Real Halloween Horror

The family that has made billions off trick-or-treat candy has gone generations without paying any appreciable tax on its enormous fortune.
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If You Want to Collect Social Security, Trump’s Tax Plan Is an Outrage

You probably pay about four times more of your income to Social Security than millionaires, who want to cut their taxes and your benefits.
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No, Mr. President, the Deduction for State Income Tax Isn't a Loophole

The one "loophole closing" Trump has proposed would actually reduce tax revenue- state tax revenue, that is.
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: Billionaire Bonanza 2017

The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us

Report: I Dream Detroit

The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit's Future.

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.