Articles from Institute for Policy Studies

Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room

The mid-term elections are over, and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact. Meanwhile, the campaigns barely touched on the most important issues of our time: war, climate change, and the fracturing of the international community.

So, let’s consider these larger issues from a different angle.

What We Took Away From the 2018 Midterm Elections

Election Day may be over, but the results of the 2018 midterms are still coming in. The slow tallying in many races is due large part to voter suppression — one of the biggest stories of this election. The final results may take weeks, if not longer, to become clear. But we’ve been gathering our initial thoughts on some of this year’s biggest election takeaways — with updates to come as more races are called and more data comes out.

Phyllis Bennis on the Rising Crisis in Gaza and a Potential Ceasefire

Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, joined Al Jazeera to discuss the recent Israeli special forces operation inside the Gaza Strip that killed 7 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, as well as Israeli air strikes and a potential ceasefire.

The House Has Gone Democratic. Can It Now Go Bold?

Tony Maxwell, a retired African-American naval officer, was trying — without much success — to get his Jacksonville, Florida neighbor to go with him to the mid-term election polls and vote. The young neighbor, a high-school dropout, had no interest in taking the ride.

“Voting,” the young man declared, “doesn’t change anything.”

Baltimore Voters Stand Up to Water Privatization

One interesting local victory on Tuesday was a vote by the citizens of Baltimore to amend the city’s charter to prohibit the privatization of their water and sewer system.

In a rare instance of progressive preemption, the city’s voters told private water corporations to leave them alone.

2018 Midterm Elections: A Ballot Initiative Breakdown

The 2018 midterm elections have come and gone. While people across the country paid close attention to the balance of power in Congress and state legislatures, we also tracked results from one of the most direct forms of democracy available to Americans: the ballot initiative. Voters weighed in on a host of high-profile issues and, for the most part, passed measures to protect and expand the rights of people across the country.

We Have Movement Work To Do

Elections are not how we change history. But they are a big part of how we—social movements, poor and disenfranchised and marginalized people, communities of color—engage with power. So when we win electoral victories, it matters.  A lot. It’s not because of which party wins, which state turns from red to purple or back again. Elections are not a box of crayons.