Isaiah J. Poole joined the Democracy Collaborative in 2018 as editorial manager for The Next System Project. He was previously communications director for People’s Action and for the Campaign for America’s Future, where his responsibilities included serving as editor for the organization’s website and blog, OurFuture.org.
He also has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, both as a reporter covering Washington D.C.-area and national politics and as a news and features editor. His editorial management experience includes leading the launch of the Prince George’s County, Md. editions of the Gazette newspapers in the mid-1990s. He was a founding member of both the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. More recently, he has served on the board of the Urban Village Corporation, which oversees an affordable housing complex in Columbia Heights. He is a native Washingtonian with a B.A. in journalism from Penn State University.
- New Republic
Under siege from thousands of lawsuits from federal, state, and local governments for its role in the deadly opioid addiction crisis, drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma reached a tentative settlement with some of the plaintiffs last week. In the deal, Purdue would transform itself through the bankruptcy process from a typical, profit-chasing drugmaker into a “public beneficiary company.” The proposition raises an important question: If plaintiffs are open to the idea of turning Purdue into a public trust run by appointees of a federal bankruptcy judge—one that would distribute its profits to state and local governments—why not take one more step? Why not create the beginnings of a network of public pharmaceutical companies like those that already exists in such countries as Sweden, Brazil, and Thailand?
Promising initiatives around the country show what can be done in struggling neighborhoods.
Enterprises featured in the Building Resiliency Through Green Infrastructure report are creating a blueprint for other cities to follow as they work to protect their communities from the effects of climate change.
- The American Prospect
A proposed overhaul of the Community Reinvestment Act could redefine the banking sector’s obligations to the communities that they serve.
- Common Dreams
Isaiah Pool, of the Democracy Collaborative, writes for Common Dream on "Why We Have To Break Up Amazon."
It is the kind of inquiry that people like Stacy Mitchell, the director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, has been pushing for. In an interview this week for The Next System Podcast, a project of the Democracy Collaborative, Mitchell explained that Amazon is to the 21st century what railroads were to the late 19th century. Amazon’s third-party reseller program underscores the parallel.