Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies, and is a co-editor of Inequality.org. @Anderson_IPS

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Corporations Should Share the Wealth Before Buying Back Stock
These are good times for those at the top of the Walmart empire. Family members of the founders have seen their wealth grow about 10,000% since the 1980s. Today the Waltons are worth about $180 billion. And they own so much Walmart stock that four of them made $12.7 billion in just one day last...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
6 Women of Color Who Campaigned for Congress on Inequality and Won
The Democratic Party has regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and with this shift will come a new cadre of forceful female leaders committed to narrowing the gaps that so divide us. "In the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, our greatest scarcity is not a lack of...
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Sister Simone Campbell, speaking at a rally with other members of “Nuns on the Bus.” Views
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Busload of Activist Nuns Log 5,600 Miles for Tax Justice
Look out Mar-A-Lago. The renowned activists known as the “ Nuns on the Bus ” are headed your way. And they’re just as ticked off about the Trump-Republican tax reform as they were when they launched their cross-country “Tax Justice Truth Tour” in California over three weeks ago. President Trump...
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The first nationwide wildcat strike in American history, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 was most deadly and costly in Pittsburgh, where workers and their families battled with state militia sent from Philadelphia. Views
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Unions Have Survived Tough Times Before
The U.S. Supreme Court has just dealt unions a bruising blow. In a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that public sector employees who benefit from unions’ collective bargaining services will no longer have to pay for them. At least initially, this is expected to result in a steep drop in union resources...
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"It’s not hard to understand how it could put a damper on your morale to be working hard and struggling to get by while your boss is being rewarded hundreds — or even thousands — of times more than you on payday." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Big Pay Gaps Are Bad for Business
Mattel is one of the largest toy-making companies on earth. Turns out it’s one of the biggest manufacturers of income inequality, too. Last year, the Barbie doll manufacturer paid its CEO nearly 5,000 times as much as its median worker. This stunning revelation is the result of a new regulation...
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"More than 83 percent of the companies (188 out of 225) paid their CEO in excess of 100 times the median salary." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Rep. Keith Ellison Takes a Hard Look at New CEO Pay Ratio Data
Big Business fought hard to kill a new regulation requiring corporations to disclose the gap between their CEO and median worker pay. For eight years after the regulation became law, corporate lobby groups fought to repeal, gut, or at least delay it. But thanks to an outpouring of support by...
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“We are here. And we’re ready to take over. Because we may not run the United States, but we make it run. And we are ready to shut it down with our bodies.”(Photo: AP/Gerry Broome) Views
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A New Poor People’s Campaign Is Gearing Up to Launch on Mother's Day
"I am not speaking about the poor. I am not speaking for the poor. I am the poor.” Claudia De la Cruz was speaking at an April 10 press briefing in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival . Inspired by a similar 1968 initiative led by Dr. Martin...
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An Aedes aegypti mosquito. Views
Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Mosquito Gap
OK, I admit it, I’m a freeloader. My neighbors asked if I’d go in on a mosquito control service last spring, and I turned them down. I was skeptical about whether the “eco-friendly” service would actually work. But I was mostly taken aback by the cost: $750 for the season. Several neighbors went...
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Friday, January 05, 2018
RIP Marc Raskin, Who Connected the Dots Between Inequality and War
Institute for Policy Studies Co-founder Marcus Raskin will be remembered, among many other noteworthy achievements, for coining the term “national security state.” In congressional testimony in 1967, he used the phrase to describe the complex web of war institutions he feared would drive continuous...
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The Poor People’s March in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Wikipedia/ Creative Commons) Views
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy
If you’re expecting a gift card from your boss as an end-of-year bonus, enjoy it this year because you probably won’t get one in 2018. The Senate tax bill would ban such rewards. Why? Because Republican lawmakers are determined to prevent ordinary workers from pocketing a $25 or $50 gift card...
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