George Goehl

George Goehl

George Goehl is co-executive director of People's Action and People's Action Institute, a national organization of a million people in 30 states fighting for economic, environmental, racial, and gender justice.

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We dug into the work of building deeper relationships with rural people who are rarely asked for their opinions and whose voices are rarely counted. We heard their pain as jobs, farms and hope were lost. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Heartland Holds the Key to Winning in 2020
While the country was captivated on election night by insurgent campaigns led by Southerners like Andrew Gillum, Stacey Abrams, and Beto O’Rourke, people in the America’s Heartland and the Rustbelt were preparing a message of their own. Two years after they sent Donald Trump to the White House,...
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Trump’s Policy Agenda Is an All-Out War on Kids
Donald Trump’s choice to separate migrant children from their parents unleashed a flood of outrage across the political spectrum. While he has been forced to step back from separating families at the border, the administration’s solution is to imprison children with their parents, and change laws...
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Monday, July 09, 2018
The Future of "American" Is Up To Us
We should be skeptical of the motivation and messengers behind calls for civility. We hear people say that what is happening to migrants in the United States right now is un-American. I wish that were true. Sadly, American history is full of periods where children of color were routinely taken from...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018
There’s an All-Out War on Kids, and Not Just on the Border
Donald Trump’s choice to separate migrant children from their parents has unleashed a flood of outrage across the political spectrum. While the president has stepped back from separating families at the border, his solution is to imprison children with their parents, and change laws so he can hold...
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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' policy towards undocumented immigrants. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Views
Friday, June 15, 2018
Why I’m Going to the Border for Father’s Day
As more reports surface of children seeking asylum at our borders being separated from their parents, there has been much consideration of the impact and effect on children. As Father’s Day approaches, I can’t help but wonder how I would cope if my daughter was taken away from me. The thought of...
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"We are gaining the audacity to color outside the lines drawn for us by our failed political establishment." (Photo: Mobilus In Mobili/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, December 22, 2017
We Can Take the Lead in Remaking America
We remember well the sense of horror we felt at the beginning of 2017. There was a sickness deep in our stomachs at the very mention of the words “Trump administration,” not to mention what that administration planned to unleash: a border wall, evisceration of health care, a Muslim ban, the...
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Monday, April 24, 2017
Transforming the Possible Through Radical Imagination
This is the text of opening remarks delivered Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the People’s Action founding convention in Washington, DC – “Rise Up: From Protest to Power.” David pulled a stone from his bag and slung it. And hit Goliath on the head. And he fell to the ground. We are gathered here tonight...
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Donald Trump’s Victory is Not the Last Word
Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is nothing short of a disaster for America. He is a racist, misogynist and xenophobe. And we, like many of you, fear for our families, our neighbors, our country and the planet. But now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand. There is no time mourn;...
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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
The Case Against Cynicism: A Dispatch from Colorado and Florida
We live in an age of cynicism. We’re not going to tell you what others might — which is that cynicism is a privilege. While it is true that some people don’t have the same set of options or resources to sit elections out given what’s at stake for them and their families, we’re going to take a...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016
In This Hate-Filled Election, There’s Always Love
Some couples, in the days leading up to their wedding, are caught up in final preparations: a last-minute dance class, attending to a late RSVP, or doing some work on your vows. There are lots of details, but what matters most is the love you share. We’re getting married on November 18, and there’s...
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