Episode 8: Onward with George Goehl
At age 21, George Goehl walked into a soup kitchen to eat. Over time, he became an employee – first washing dishes and eventually helping run the place. Three years later, he was struck by seeing the same people in line as when he first arrived. He began to organize.
Today, George is the director of People’s Action, a multiracial poor and working class people’s organization. He leads one of the largest race-conscious rural progressive organizing efforts in the United States.
Following the financial crisis, George and National People’s Action mobilized more people into the streets than any other organization to demand accountability, help win Financial Reform, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and secure mortgage relief.
The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC and others have covered George’s organizing work.
- We need to keep the pressure on our U.S. Senators and make sure that they all take our relief needs seriously and advance a relief package that includes cash relief, extended unemployment insurance, an eviction moratorium and rental assistance, support for immigrants and essential workers, etc. Call, email, & tweet your US Senators demanding a People’s Bailout!
- If you want to defend Black Lives, Support the BREATHE Act.
- The Black Futures Lab was created by Alicia Garza. Their work is the work. Check it out.
- Here’s the scoop on one way we can build through addition – deep canvassing, here’s a Medium piece about the work.
- Wanna learn more about George, check out this conversation with Chris Hayes.
- Here’s a video Billie Kirkton of People’s Action Institute created to push back against misinformation about the protests in response to the killing of George Floyd and so many Black people. AND to encourage celebration of Juneteenth in rural communities.