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George Goehl
George Goehl is the executive director of National People’s Action, a network of metropolitan and statewide membership organizations dedicated to advancing economic and racial justice. George can be followed on twitter @georgegoehl

Entries by George Goehl

People Power Beat Big Money in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 1:36 PM

Rahm Emanuel, with his $30 million war chest, may have been the headline in the build-up to Chicago's municipal election, but the real story in Chicago on Tuesday happened in neighborhoods. Here are the top lessons for populist progressives across the country.

Lesson 1: People power can beat...

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Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 6:34 PM

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes. Twenty-six paid absolutely zero federal taxes during the same period. Any way you break...

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Inequality in America: A Tale of Two Stories

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 9:01 AM

There are two stories that try to explain the crush of inequality in our country -- two explanations for why inequality is increasing and too many Americans are desperately poor or barely getting by.

One version of the story is that poor people are somehow inferior or lazy compared...

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Shutdown Redux

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 12:40 PM

The Republican Party has once again shut down the government. This government shutdown has not been splashed across the front pages of papers across the country and it wasn't the top story on the evening news. This time, instead of shutting down the entire federal government they shut down Congress....

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It's Time to End the Cycle of Governing Crisis to Crisis and Fund America

(5) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Tell me if you have seen this movie before. Washington manufactures a budget crisis, waits till the last minute to deal with it and then at the eleventh hour kicks the can down the road just to have the whole fight over again three to six months later. Rinse and...

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Guns, Hate and Redemption

(35) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 5:51 PM

This weekend members of Sunflower Community Action held a peaceful rally outside of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's home. Kansas families came together there to draw attention to the need for common sense immigration reform. Kobach's response was to remind the public of his right to bear arms. A...

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We Found the Money, and It's On Wall Street

(9) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:58 AM

On Wednesday, Congressman Keith Ellison, Chairman of the Progressive Caucus, introduced the Inclusive Prosperity Act, which would generate hundreds of billions of dollars a year through a tiny tax on Wall Street trading. It's the exact kind of bold leadership and legislation our nation needs right now. April 20th, a...

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President Obama's Unfinished Business on Housing

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 6:36 PM

During his inauguration speech, President Obama gave an inspiring speech about his vision for a country that works together for the betterment of all. From climate change to human rights, President Obama sketched out a progressive agenda, but he neglected a crucially important element: finally ending the foreclosure crisis which...

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Missed Opportunity to Ask Corporations to Come Clean on Taxes

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Are you among the few still unconvinced that corporations haven taken control of our politics? Then you should have been on-hand Sunday when members of both parties of the Illinois General Assembly teamed up to kill a bill to require publicly-traded corporations to disclose how much they pay in state...

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Corporations in Illinois: What Have You Got to Hide?

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Tax fairness has become a centerpiece of national debate, from the president's reelection to the recent deal surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff. Here in Illinois taxpayers want to make sure corporations in the State are paying their fair share as well. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the federal corporate...

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Define "Extraordinary"

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 10:09 AM

Last Monday, Charlotte, North Carolina's city manager declared Bank of America's annual shareholder meeting taking place this Wednesday an "extraordinary event."

The extraordinary event tag refers to a city ordinance enacted in January in anticipation of the Democratic National Convention, to be held in Charlotte in...

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Things Should Never Have Reached This Point

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 4:15 PM

Every day, the American Dream seems a little farther away.

More of our grandparents are being thrown from their homes. Our mothers and fathers can't retire because their pension funds tanked. Our brothers and sisters are burdened by student loan debt. For our children, budget cuts have resulted in...

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Obama Must Choose on Housing: A Sweetheart Deal for the 1% or a Fair Deal for the 99%

(312) Comments | Posted January 22, 2012 | 11:19 AM

Rumor has it that on Monday, 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...

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Brian Moynihan Should Cut Ties With Payday Lenders

(18) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 11:46 AM

Today, Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This signals a victory for big banks, the 1%, and corporate money in our political system. Cordray's confirmation would have been a threat to business as usual for the big banks because...

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President Obama Holds The Keys On Preventing Foreclosures

(32) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 2:36 PM

On Sunday, November 27th the New York Times ran an editorial, "Romney on Foreclosures," critiquing Mitt Romney's strategy to address the foreclosure crisis. The piece is right on target. Romney's plan, which is to essentially do nothing and let struggling homeowners across the board lose their homes, would...

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A Leaderless Movement Full of Leaders

(3) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 12:44 PM

There's been much discussion about how Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement. The incredibly organic, democratic nature of what is emerging is exactly what makes it powerful and inspiring, as well as challenging for the 1 percent to directly attack or extinguish.

Every movement worth its...

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Illinois Taxpayers Demand that Wall Street Pays Their Fair Share

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2011 | 4:32 PM

Unwilling to be baited into a false debate about budgets that put all the responsibility on hard-working families, more than 500 Illinoisans joined together to launch Make Wall Street Pay Illinois on Thursday.

In the face of Illinois' $6 billion budget deficit, the...

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Crashing the Economy Shouldn't Pay

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 8:09 AM

Imagine your foreclosure problems began the month after you paid off your mortgage. That despite multiple calls and visits to branches of JP Morgan Chase, you couldn't get the bank to acknowledge they had already received all the money you owed them. You called the bank month after month, multiple...

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Homeowners to Iowa AG Miller - Revive the American Dream

(4) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 10:51 AM

Mike McCarthy, Keya Alvarez, and Ken Kelly. Not exactly household names, but they are among the homeowners from 13 states who traveled to Des Moines today to meet with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. Miller is leading the 50-state investigation into the big bank foreclosure scandal. At stake in the...

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Big Banks Will Clean Up This Mess -- When We Demand It

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2010 | 4:33 PM

A generation ago, as children, many of us proudly took our roll of quarters to the neighborhood bank, and opened our first savings account, because we trusted the bank. We believed it was the safest and most reliable place for our money. Fast-forward to today and we can't be sure...

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