We’re slowing down during the holidays, so we thought it would be a good time to share a few evergreen favorites from the past year. We’ll resume distributing new content on January 8.

The good news? These are worth revisiting! And they’re all still free to read and free to republish, online and in print. If you missed them last time, I hope you’ll give them a look now.

In this batch, Theo Wuest explains why change is one of the most important issues facing poor people in America. Josue De Luna shares a heart-rending childhood memory of being hounded by immigration officers. Jessicah Pierre offers a startingly simple solution for closing America’s racial wealth divide. Sarah Anderson skewers Mattel and other big corporations for their outrageous CEO-worker pay gaps. And finally, Negin Owliaei recalls a harrowing — and expensive — trip to the ER, which perfectly encapsulates how our current health care system stacks up short against Medicare for All.

Happy New Year from all of us at OtherWords and IPS! If you’re still hungry for more OtherWords, you can always browse our site at OtherWords.org till we get back.

In Case You Missed It…

If Money Is Tight, Climate Change Is Your Issue | Theo Wuest
40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming.

What It’s Like to Grow Up Hunted | Josue De Luna Navarro
When I was just 10, I already knew what it was like to plan for a future without my parents.

A Revolutionary Idea to Close the Racial Wealth Divide | Jessicah Pierre
“Baby bond” accounts for all American kids would bridge the racial wealth gap while providing security to Americans of every color.

Where Is Line Worker Barbie? | Sarah Anderson
CEO-worker pay gaps are the clearest proof that corporations like Mattel and many others don’t respect their employees.

Medicare for All Would Save Money — And Lives | Negin Owliaei
The last thing on your mind during a ride to the ER should be: Is this going to bankrupt me?

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.

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