Iziah Thompson

Iziah Thompson is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of the New York City Comptroller, where he focuses on housing policy. Iziah received his Masters in Public Adminiatration and Policy from NYU Wagner, and his BA in Political Science from Monmouth University. He has been published in the Huff Post Blog and served for a year in Americorps NCCC, building infrastructure and responding to disaster in the American South. iziahthompson.com

The Deadly Disorder Behind COVID-19 and Police Violence

Jun 03, 2020

It was 1963 when the governor of Alabama, George Wallace, proclaimed, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever … [in] the name of the greatest people that ever trod this earth,” referring to people with Western European ethnic ancestry. This and the ensuing pro-segregation forces in the US were very much...

A Case for Technocracy in America

Jun 27, 2018

Policies grounded in ideology can’t help but ignore information that may upset that ideological foundation. According to World Values Survey data, 49% of Americans (60% of these under the age of 29) rather have decisions be made by experts than the government. Considering that lack of experience is rampant in...

America Doesn’t Need Any More Common-Sense Gun Control

Mar 06, 2018

We don’t need common-sense gun control measures. We need law enforcement to focus on domestic abusers. People across the world watched as yet another school shooting took the lives of students, teachers and coaches in Parkland, Florida. The cycle of AR-15 murders wasn’t surprising for people stateside; we are used...

It Is Time for a Common-Sense Marijuana Policy

Jan 17, 2018

It is not good enough to allow one person to retire early for the same behavior someone else is imprisoned for. Brooke Gehring spent most of the Great Recession behind a desk at a corporate bank dealing with the aftermath of the popped housing bubble. It was an unlikely place to...

They Don't Really Love Trump

Nov 13, 2017

It would seem there that there is a big Pyongyang problem in the middle of America. When CNN’s Ivan Watson visited Pyongyang over the summer, he complained that he hadn’t had “a single ‘real’ conversation with a North Korean due to immense government paranoia.” His Instagram pictures of literature, buildings...

The House Democrats’ Sit-In Was a Joke, But No One is Laughing

Jun 25, 2016

The House protest involved a serious issue worth fighting for, but it was a ploy by the Democrats to attack a divided Republican Party. Two weeks after the deadliest massacre in recent American history, followed by a Senate filibuster and this week’s sit-in on Capitol Hill, I am reminded of...