For students demanding access to higher education, the inequalities created by the country’s Apartheid past are always present. They’re battling a state they see as “near-kleptocratic.”
What does the Trump presidency mean for equality before the law? Those who have opposed Trump this past year need to address the structural inequality responsible for his victory.
A sprightly new play from veteran labor leader Gene Bruskin tells an entertaining tale of solidarity that one wag has dubbed “Norma Rae meets Sweeney Todd meets Bertolt Brecht.”
If Congress takes up tax reform in early 2017, the White House will push cuts that would benefit the wealthy, including the president-elect himself and his family members.
Maine raised both the minimum wage and taxes on the wealthy to fund education. Maine People’s Alliance’s Ben Chin explains how the state scored progressive victories despite a national shift rightward.
Our picks for your holiday movie-viewing pleasure: an assortment of recent and classic comedies, documentaries, dramas, and science-fiction on our economic divide.
A proposed international agreement on trade in services would encourage further financial deregulation while undercutting labor and consumer protections.
New report shows philanthropy mirrors our growing inequality. As wealth concentrates in fewer hands, so does philanthropic giving and power, posing considerable risks to our democracy.
A bipartisan coalition’s Election Day victory on predatory lending in the conservative state of South Dakota offers progressives in the rest of the nation valuable lessons in a bleak political environment.
Learning the lessons from this year’s progressive ballot initiative victories — and lessons from the first Gilded Age — will help us move forward and overcome our great divides.
In the wake of the phony account scandal, progressives are mobilizing to move public money out of the Wall Street banking giant. Christina Livington, a campaign leader, explains how.
Any solution to the vast national divide the 2016 election has left plain needs to begin with a correct diagnosis. The data, for instance, show that Trump supporters have higher-than-average incomes.
Top executives in the U.S. financial sector have been spending an incredible $2.3 million a day to stall and deep-six needed reforms. And those dollars, unfortunately, are having a real political impact.
The World Bank’s business climate report card uses flimsy arguments to promote deregulation as a means of reducing inequality.
In a tale of people power over corporate power, a tribunal has ruled against a global company in a case over mining rights. Now we need to block trade deals that allow these “investor-state” lawsuits.
Wealthy NBA, NFL, and rap stars get plenty of national attention. But the overall actual wealth of African Americans barely registers, hidden behind a thick decadent veil of black celebrity.
The Portland City Council in Oregon is considering a landmark pay-ratio proposal that would place the first-ever surtax on companies with wide gaps between their CEO and worker pay.
Veteran tax reformer Bob McIntyre brings a historical perspective to the Trump tax-dodging scandal — and rates the best and worst American presidents on tax fairness.
A new study outlines the negative impacts of contracting public services to private companies, everything from rising rates for consumers to wage cuts for workers.
It’s tempting to celebrate new data on rising U.S. incomes, but our racial wage, wealth, and opportunity gaps leave a great deal yet to do. Forty-three million people still live in poverty.
The global financial institution aims to track global progress towards reducing inequality, but its first annual analysis comes flawed, notes this international labor veteran.
The Democratic Party’s nominee for President has offered a plan to tax the wealthy that works as smart policy, despite the apoplectic cries now coming from the business press.
The Native Organizers Alliance has been supporting tribal leaders as they develop strategies to counter the powerful economic elites behind the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.
An appeals court will soon be ruling on the legality of a key Obama administration environmental plan that could narrow economic gaps by lowering energy costs and creating jobs.
After his father was killed in a Washington, D.C. terrorist attack in 1976, Francisco Letelier turned to murals as a tool for narrowing our world’s economic, political, and cultural divides.
Where did the belief that the poor deserve to be poor come from? Meet John Calvin. The belief that poor people lack moral fiber has for generations profoundly influenced American culture.
Large retailers and restaurants are increasingly assigning their employees, predominantly women and people of color, unpredictable schedules. Workers like Kimberly Mitchell are fighting back.
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence calls Indiana is “a state that works.” The facts tell a different story. Indiana “works” particularly poorly for children and working families.
The deeply unequal art world’s current economic model simply isn’t working, as the story of one public art effort in a Washington, D.C. neighborhood demonstrates quite clearly.
The caretakers for the fortunes of America’s rich take home a pretty penny. The caretakers for average Americans most certainly do not. But caregivers like Karon Hatchett are working to change that.
Those who conspired against an elected president do not accept that black, poor, indigenous, women, homosexuals, and slum dwellers have the right to respect and dignity.
A Mexican activist offers lessons from the North American Free Trade Agreement about the likely impacts of the Trans-Pacific trade deal on inequality.
If elected, the latest Institute for Policy Studies executive compensation report details, Hillary Clinton would have the chance to fix her husband’s costly and dangerous CEO pay policy mistake.
In Baltimore, activists are urging the city to move beyond “tax increment financing” that privileges billionaires at public expense. TIF agreements elsewhere have generated few if any living-wage jobs.
The Institute for Policy Studies 2016 Executive Pay Reform Scorecard – part of the latest edition of the IPS annual Executive Excess report – evaluates an extensive list of creative and practical proposals for reining in excessive executive compensation.
The National Domestic Workers Alliance and its community allies have overcome strong industry opposition to win landmark labor protections for domestic workers in seven states.
Next year, over 50,000 government bodies in the United States will have to report out, for the first time, just how much revenue they’ve lost to tax breaks that enrich the corporate elite.
What message do our media outlets send when they relentlessly publicize simple tallies of gold medals won — and ignore the vast differences in national wealth that shape who actually wins medals?
Climate disruption and inequality are inextricably linked. Climate solutions must be, too. A carbon tax could help move wealth from people at the carbon-intensive top to less polluting households.
A new report explores the stark history of the racial wealth divide in the United States and the public policies — both historical and current — that contribute so powerfully to it.