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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"What the nation needs is not an assault on immigration, but an assault on the effects of structural racism and economic inequality. Instead of dismantling affirmative action, we need investments in schooling for African-American children that start at preschool – and before." Views
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Trump’s Bid to Pit Black and Brown Workers Against Each Other
President Trump has resurrected an old canard in his effort to sell a new effort to restrict immigration into the United States. The legislation he backs, he said at a White House ceremony , was necessary in part to protect “minority workers competing for jobs against brand-new arrivals” under the...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Get Back Your Right To Take Your Bank To Court
Wall Street, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and right-wing Republicans are ganging up again this week against consumers who want to hold financial institutions that rip them off accountable. The target this time is a rule issued this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that is designed...
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Monday, May 22, 2017
The Time Is Now to Stand Up for the CFPB
Mark Feuer, the Los Angeles City Attorney who helped hold Wells Fargo accountable for creating millions of fake accounts without customers’ knowledge, now warns against efforts by the Trump administration and Congress to dismantle the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. “I’m appalled at the...
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Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Progressive Caucus Budget Turns Resistance Into Policy, Rebukes Trump
To people who argue that the resistance to President Trump amounts to protest without a plan, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has delivered a detailed and robust rebuke. Its fiscal 2018 budget proposal, subtitled “A Roadmap for the Resistance,” is virtually a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump...
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Friday, April 21, 2017
Grassroots Candidates Will “Rise Up” To Electorialize The Resistance
Here’s something that can’t be dismissed with a dismissive Donald Trump tweet: An electoral wave is building that seriously threatens the stranglehold that Republicans have on electoral power around the country. It showed itself this week when an unknown, young documentary filmmaker and former...
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Trumpcare Is Wrong For You. It’s A Toxic Prescription For Health Care
As medicine for our health care system, it’s worse than a placebo. It will do active harm to millions of people, particularly low-income people and seniors. It cuts taxes for the wealthy and corporations and dangles paltry tax credits to working people. It leaves consumers facing higher health care...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Trump Infrastructure Plan Won’t Bridge the Nation’s Job Gap
President Trump on Tuesday night is expected to make what he told a meeting of governors on Monday would be “a big statement” on infrastructure spending. Democrats who have been fighting Trump fiercely on virtually every other issue have been eagerly awaiting an infrastructure plan from Trump they...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Millions of Reasons – Plus One Big One – To Block Tom Price’s Nomination
A school bus driver living in Slatington, Pa., writes that three years ago she was beginning to feel ill, but thought nothing of it until one morning, while checking the bus before starting her route, her fingers went numb. She had just signed up for a health insurance plan through the Pennsylvania...
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Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Amid “Men Yelling Indistinctly” At VP Debate, Shards Of Substance
The vice-presidential debate Tuesday night was rated by some commentators as generating more heat than light. At times, that certainly seemed true when watching Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence hurl charges at each other, insert practiced digs and cut each other off. A good measure of...
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A Day of Action To Stop An Oil Pipeline and “Keep It In The Ground”
Bolstered by an extraordinary order from the Obama administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at a site considered sacred and environmentally vulnerable by Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, thousands upon thousands of pipeline opponents will participate Tuesday in “#NoDAPL...
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