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.
America’s racial wealth gap reflects policies designed to widen the economic chasm between white households and households of color and between the wealthy and everyone else.
As proposals for universal basic income gain increasing prominence worldwide, it’s worth asking ourselves if the benefits outweigh the costs to alleviate extreme poverty.
How a black youth-led organization aims to cut the profit flow from mass incarceration into the pockets of the wealthy and the multi-billion dollar security industry.
Like labor unions, neighborhood unions could help residents bargain collectively for affordable housing and local business protections to prevent increased inequality.
If we had an Olympics for life expectancy, our deeply unequal United States wouldn’t make it out of the early heats. Back in the 1950s, by contrast, the United States would have registered gold after gold.
A Bernie-inspired political revolutionary on the streets in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention talks about wealth, opportunity, and the importance of making global connections.
What should Hillary Clinton say – and do – about economic inequality? Journalist and activist James Lardner, a veteran chronicler of America’s unequal scene, has some thoughts.
New door-knocking is upending the conventional wisdom about white working-class voters. They’re not united behind Trump’s willingness to blame their plight on marginalized groups.
A lawyer-activist reflects on the significance of having both the Democratic and Republican Party platforms echoing the Occupy Wall Street call for reinstating the New Deal-era Glass-Steagall Act.
By demanding more instead of accepting less, and aligning campaigns against the billionaires at the top, labor can inspire and organize a movement dedicated to redistributing wealth and power.
African American and Latino households in the United States still haven’t recovered economically to pre-Great Recession levels, still another sign of the growing racial wealth divide.
Should we let “entrepreneurs” get rich locking up kids? Not with my child, says Louisiana criminal justice activist Grace Bauer-Lubow, not with any child. She’s fighting to stop prison privatization.
Rising progressive star Ben Chin, the political director of the feisty Maine People’s Alliance, has some important lessons to share with activists working for a more equal America.
With global airlines registering record profits, unions around the world have formed a new organization to fight the airline industry’s cost-cutting culture and gain justice for airport workers.