This week in OtherWords, Veronica Avila and Mariah Montgomery explain why work has gotten so dangerous for app-based gig workers like Uber drivers and Instacart shoppers. Jim Hightower marvels at the Supreme Court’s corruption. And cartoonist Khalil Bendib illustrates a sad similarity between the U.S. and Russia when it comes to punishing war journalism.

We’re taking a light week this week to do some internal housekeeping, but we’ll be back with more soon. In the meantime, if you haven’t read Nyla Samee and Khury Petersen-Smith’s call to put gun manufacturers at the center of the gun debate, now’s a good time in the wake of another slew of mass shootings in Texas.

New This Week…

Gig Work Is Getting Dangerous | Veronica Avila and Mariah Montgomery
Underpaid app workers are facing more pressure to accept risky clients. That’s putting them in danger.

The Supreme Court is Corrupt. Let’s Fix It. | Jim Hightower
The justices aren’t even hiding it anymore.

Cartoon: War Is Peace | Khalil Bendib
And journalism means war.

In Case You Missed It…

We Need to Broaden Our Conversation About Guns | Nyla Samee and Khury Petersen-Smith
Looking at gun manufacturing rather than just gun ownership can help break down our status quo red-blue divide.

The Artist Who Taught Me About Justice | Farrah Hassen
In my first job after college, I was an assistant to Harry Belafonte. There was nobody better to learn from about justice and the arts.

Retire This Dehumanizing Language About Immigrants | Daniella Prieshoff
Human beings fleeing persecution are not a “flood” or “surge.” And it’s not “illegal” when they cross the border to seek asylum.

The Drug War’s Dark Origins | Paul Armentano
When you hear why politicians wanted to ban marijuana in the first place, you’ll understand why our century of prohibition can’t end soon enough.

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Peter Certo is the communications director of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of

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