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 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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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Meet the “People’s Action 22”: Candidates Fighting For All Of Us
In the final weeks of a dispiriting presidential election, hope is on the horizon – and it’s down-ballot. That’s where you will find more and more everyday people deciding to challenge neoliberal politics and build a bottom-up movement that fights for fairness in our economy and democracy for all...
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Sunday, April 19, 2015
What Progressive Populists are Looking For
On Wednesday, a reporter asked me what progressive populists want from a Democratic candidate. Hillary Clinton, he noted, appeared to be pretty solid on a number of progressive issues from gay rights to raising the minimum wage. But noticeably missing from his list were issues that require a...
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Friday, March 13, 2015
Conservatives May Control State Governments, But Progressives Are Rising
In November, conservatives swept not only Congress, but a majority of statehouses. While gridlock in Washington is frustrating, the rightward lurch of statehouses could be devastating. Reveling in their newfound power, state lawmakers and their corporate allies are writing regressive policies that...
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
An Economy That Benefits Ordinary People? What We Learned From the 1%
National People’s Action members recognize that to reverse the economic and political conditions that are crushing American families, we need a long-term strategy. We believe that if we let the challenging circumstances of now lower our expectations of what’s possible, we’ve already lost. Instead, we have decided to completely reimagine what is possible.
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Monday, January 23, 2012
Obama's Choice on Housing: A Sweetheart Deal for the 1% or a Fair Deal for the 99%
Rumor has it that as early as today, after months of negotiation with big banks, the White House may announce a settlement that would let the banks off the hook for their role in the foreclosure crisis -- paying a tiny fraction of what's needed in exchange for blanket immunity from future lawsuits.
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