Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole is the editorial director of The Next System Project, a project of the Democracy Collaborative.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Without Amazon, New York Can Now Do Economic Development Right
Now that activists in New York City successfully chased Amazon and its “HQ2” plan out of New York City, there is a new challenge: Can the organizers and elected leaders who successfully blocked the kind of economic development they opposed bring about the kind of economic development they want?...
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Friday, September 21, 2018
Why We Have To Break Up Amazon
The European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager may be onto the location of the soft spot on Amazon’s armor, where a well-placed antitrust arrow could be used to bring the digital behemoth down to size. The region’s antitrust enforcer announced on Wednesday that she is launching an...
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Bernie Sanders recalled his own childhood growing up in a rent-controlled apartment in New York City, which “meant that my family, which did not have a lot of money, did not have to spend 50 or 60 percent of its limited income on housing.”(Photo: Caelie_Frampton/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, December 08, 2017
We Have A Housing Emergency. Here’s How We Face It
The Department of Housing and Urban Development, led by former brain surgeon and not-qualified-to-run-a-federal-agency Ben Carson, has found itself making an uncomfortable admission: Under Donald Trump, the nation’s homelessness problem is getting worse. HUD put a partly sunny headline on its press...
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"I would say don’t be afraid to run as what you are and what you believe in. Find a way to connect those issues to what everybody in the community is feeling, and I think you will do just fine.”(Photo: Iowa CCI Action Fund/Twitter) Views
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
A Newly Elected Democratic Socialist On How to Win in Trump Country
“I’d like to think of myself as ordinary,” says Ross Grooters as he describes his life in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, an eastern suburb of Des Moines. But then he corrects himself. “Most people’s passions or enjoyment are not going out and doing activist things, so that’s where I’m not an ordinary Joe.”...
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Monday, November 06, 2017
9 Reasons To Stop The GOP’s Giant Tax Gift Bucket
Americans for Tax Fairness has just published “Nine Terrible Things About the Republican Tax Plan.” All are good reasons for you should get on the phone with your member of Congress and tell them to vote against this travesty of a tax bill. The number to call is 877-795-7862. If a staff member of...
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As Sen. Elizabeth Warren put it, congressional Republican leaders have signed off on a plan that would increase the federal deficit in order to “give away $2 trillion to giant corporations.” Views
Friday, November 03, 2017
Call Congress Now to Stop Trump’s Giant Tax Giveaway
House Republicans have released their long-awaited tax giveaway plan. It’s as bad as those of us who have been resisting the Trump administration and Republican efforts to hijack our economy and democracy have long feared it would be. People’s Action joins Americans for Tax Fairness and a broad...
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"I can assure you the poor and working-class people I know don’t buy the priorities of the Trump/Paul Ryan budget," Poole said. Views
Friday, September 08, 2017
'Not One Penny' of Tax Cuts for The Rich or Service Cuts for the Poor
The surprise deal President Trump struck this week with Democratic congressional leaders is an agreement to continue the status quo on federal government funding through December. That means three more months to fight against the Republicans’ budget proposal, which would be truly devastating for...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Destruction Left By Hurricane Trump
President Trump has planned a visit to the Texas Gulf Coast on Tuesday to survey some of the devastation done by Hurricane Harvey since it hit landfall on Friday. As he is doing that, let’s survey the devastation left behind by Hurricane Trump since Friday to our basic human values. On Friday,...
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Friday, August 18, 2017
As Trump Hits a New Low, Here’s How We Go High
It has, today, come to this: The person holding the title of president of the United States in 2017 decries the loss of “beautiful statues and monuments” to white supremacy, “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.” This is a new low for a presidency that is...
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"The chants of resistance that rang out in January have since grown into thunder. But they leave a critical question unanswered: Will crowds evolve into a movement that produces leaders with a mandate to govern with a progressive, grassroots-based agenda?" Views
Thursday, August 10, 2017
On the Road From Protest to Power: A Rising Tide
The millions who gathered in Washington and around the country for the historic Women’s March , one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, made an indisputable statement: Trump may have won the presidency, but he did not win a mandate to govern. The chants of resistance that rang out in January...
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