Institute for Policy Studies

Institute for Policy Studies turns Ideas into Action for Peace, Justice and the Environment. We strengthen social movements with independent research, visionary thinking, and links to the grassroots, scholars and elected officials. I.F. Stone once called IPS "the think tank for the rest of us." Since 1963, we have empowered people to build healthy and democratic societies in communities, the US, and the world. Click here to learn more, or read the latest below.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Reimagining School Safety: New Institute for Policy Studies Report Shows How Much It Costs Communities to Have Cops in Schools
On September 9, 2020, the Criminalization of Race and Poverty project at the Institute for Policy Studies released a critical new report, " Reimagining School Safety ," authored by Karen Dolan, Cecelia Scheuer, and Uma Nagarajan-Swenson with Lindsay Koshgarian. As the movement for racial justice...
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Thursday, September 03, 2020
Over 100 Organizations Call on Biden to Adopt a New Good Neighbor Policy towards Latin America
Over 100 organizations that work on issues related to Latin America and the Caribbean, including the Global Economy, New Internationalism, and Drug Policy Programs at the Institute for Policy Studies, sent a letter to Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump calling for the next...
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Wednesday, August 26, 2020
5 Months Into Pandemic, Billionaires’ Total Wealth Has Ballooned by Nearly $800 Billion
Billionaires kept getting richer as the rest of America struggled through multiple crises over the past five months: combined billionaire wealth has grown by $792 billion, or 27% , since the rough start of the coronavirus lockdown on March 18. But even as the wealthiest few see their fortunes...
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Monday, August 24, 2020
Mining the Depths of Corruption: New Report Exposes Omissions and Misrepresentations in Nevada-based Mining Company’s Claims in $400 Million Suit against Guatemalan Government
A critical new report exposes omissions and misrepresentations in a Nevada-based mining company’s more than $400 million suit against the Guatemalan government. Released August 24, Mining Injustice Through International Arbitration: Countering Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ Claims over a Gold-...
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Monday, August 17, 2020
The Wealth of Just 12 US Billionaires Now Totals Over One Trillion Dollars
The wealth of the nation’s top 12 billionaires has increased to more than one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) according to research by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). “This is a disturbing milestone in the U.S. history of concentrated wealth and power,” said Chuck Collins, Director,...
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Thursday, August 06, 2020
Sen. Sanders' Bill Would Tax Billionaires' Pandemic Wealth Gains to Fund Healthcare
In a bold bid to share with the suffering American people a portion of the extraordinary wealth gained by the nation’s billionaires during the pandemic, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today introduced legislation that would place a one-time 60% tax on the growth in billionaire wealth between March 18...
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
When Mega-Donors Dominate Charitable Giving, Democracy Pays the Price
In advance of the 10th anniversary of the Giving Pledge, founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) documents a troubling trend of small donor declines with a parallel rise in wealthy mega-donors within the nation’s philanthropic sector. The...
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Thursday, June 18, 2020
3 Months Into COVID-19 Pandemic: Billionaires Boom as Middle Class Implodes
America’s billionaires saw their wealth increase by 20%, or $584 billion, roughly since the beginning of the pandemic, as 45.5 million Americans lost their jobs and the economy cratered, according to a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies—Program on...
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Thursday, June 04, 2020
Billionaire Wealth Surges By Over Half Trillion Dollars During the Pandemic
U.S. billionaire’s total wealth surged by over $565 billion, an increase of 19.15 percent, since its low point near the beginning of the pandemic, according to calculations to update a report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The figures date from March 18 – the rough start date of the...
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Thursday, April 23, 2020
New Report Finds Billionaire Wealth Still Surging Compared to Median Wealth
In early April this year, as 22 million Americans lost their jobs and the U.S. employment rate approached 15 percent, the combined wealth of America’s billionaires had increased from March 18 by $282 billion — nearly a 10 percent increase. That’s among the findings in a new report published today...
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