Articles from Institute for Policy Studies

Black Domestic Workers Call for Pay, Professionalism, and Respect

“The thing I hate about the job is the wear and tear on your body,” caregiver Allena Pass says. “It breaks you down: the aches and pains and soreness. The frustration you have when you have people in the home that can’t help and won’t help. When you have people in the home that are never satisfied no matter what you do or how you do it. I know what I’m doing, and I know I’m doing right.”

Promoting Luxury Housing with an Ironic Twist

It appears to be a sales office for Boston’s next luxury residential tower.  Flashing video displays showcase happy people and dazzling images of amenities. Buzz words flash on the screen: Concierge services. Golf simulation room. First Class Restaurants.

The apparent sales office for The Headstone is in a shipping container, alongside two dozen other shipping container exhibits and tents – all part of HUBweek, a festival focused on innovation and creativity that draws in more than 50,000 people in Boston.

In Yemen, Trump Is Taking Tolerance for War Crimes to a New Level

Twenty days after Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) bombed a school bus full of children in Yemen this August, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosted officials from the two US allies at the Pentagon.

The Discourse on Palestine Is Shifting. Will Concrete Policy Changes Follow?

Even as Washington churned through a miasma of Brett Kavanaugh lies and horror, a different kind of history was being written more than a thousand miles west. For all who doubted whether the public and political discourse on Palestine and Israel has changed at all, the keynote speakers at the national conference of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights in St. Paul, Minnesota proved them wrong.

Confronting Climate Change in a Deeply Unequal World

Two meticulously sourced — and deeply disturbing — warnings about our shared global future have appeared over the past week. One has terrified much of the world. The other hasn’t, not yet at least, but most certainly should.

Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning?

Less than a month ago, the candidate leading in the polls in the Brazilian presidential election was a jailed ex-politician who technically couldn’t even run for office.

No One in the United States Should Be Poor, Period

The federal minimum wage hasn’t gone up in nearly 10 years. Yet with a stroke of his pen, Jeff Bezos of Amazon raised the wages of hundreds of thousands of the company’s lowest paid workers.

In an age of extreme income inequality, this is leap in the right direction. It’s also a stark reminder of how far we as a nation are from caring for our most vulnerable people.

The GOP’s Kavanaugh Playbook Was Textbook Abusive Behavior

Shortly before he became a Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh made two things clear: He likes beer. And he’s a self-righteous beneficiary of presumption of innocence.

Indeed, Kavanaugh was provided a considerable benefit of the doubt for a man credibly accused of a horrible crime. In an ordinary job interview, much less one for a lifetime appointment to Supreme Court, most people couldn’t count on the same.