Religious Leaders Take On Payday Predators

August 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

From WVTF Public Radio in Virginia comes a story of religious leaders taking a stand against payday predators. Here’s more: From his position as minister at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Richmond, Rodney Hunter says he sees firsthand the devastation of predatory lending. He says every month, the church is approached by yet another […]

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TNCA Stands Against Forced Arbitration

Tennessee Citizen Action today joined 280 other groups from around the country in supporting the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule restricting the financial industry’s use of forced arbitration. Here’s a press release explaining more: 281 organizations that advocate on behalf of consumers, students, civil rights, labor, small business, and more have sent a […]

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Mayor Barry Proposes Housing Initiative

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry this week proposed an affordable housing initiative focused on an incentive plan for developers. The Tennessean has details: The proposal, billed as a pilot program and already backed by two key Metro Council members, would not require that residential developers include affordable housing in new large-scale projects. Instead, the mayor has put forward […]

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A Texas Pastor Takes on Payday Predators

August 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

Christianity Today has an interview with Texas pastor Chad Chaddick discussing the new film The Ordinance and Chaddick’s fight against payday predators. Here’s a bit of Chaddick’s story: …the family would be able to live within their means except for one item of debt that was dragging them down: a $700 payday loan they had […]

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The Challenge of Regulating Payday Predators

August 10, 2016 by  
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Astra Taylor details the challenges in regulating payday lenders in an excellent piece for The New Yorker. While payday lending loan sharks tend to be slippery creatures, Taylor notes the success in North Carolina while also detailing the challenges in Georgia. Here’s a bit of what she has to say: Instead of half-measures, some advocates […]

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Thoughts on the Voting Rights Act

As Federal Courts move to strike down unfair Voter ID laws, some thoughts on the importance of protecting the franchise from Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division: “The Founders in Philadelphia, activists at Seneca Falls, N.Y., and marchers in Selma, Ala., all recognized the profound power of the franchise.  When we […]

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