Automatic for the People

There’s some great news about this year’s session of the Tennessee General Assembly. YES! You read that correctly. This year’s legislative session offers some truly good news. A pair of bills have been filed to make it easier for individuals to register to vote. We’ve always fought for greater access to the ballot box and […]


Who Will Fight Back?

Steve Gill is at it again. He’s joined with a group of right-wing activists to form a new group, Tennesseans for Conservative Action.  This new group pledges to be involved in legislative advocacy to give tax breaks to the wealthy and weaken protections enjoyed by Tennessee workers. You can count on attacks on unions, efforts to weaken […]


Marsha’s Choice

A Tennessee Loan Shark on the Prowl Marsha Blackburn, who represents Tennessee’s 7th District in Congress, has made her choice. She’s chosen to stand with payday lending loan sharks and against the interests of Tennessee consumers. Blackburn has signed-on to co-sponsor HR 4018, the misnamed “Consumer Protection and Choice Act” that would allow payday lenders […]


Today is the Day

Today is the day. It’s Giving Tuesday — a chance to show your support to organizations that make a difference in the lives of others. We are asking for your help so we can win the fight for economic justice in Tennessee. We’ve set a goal to raise $500 today. Your support will help us continue […]


Speaking Up for the Uninsured

November 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

The Jackson Sun has the story of healthcare providers speaking up for the needs of the uninsured as Tennessee policymakers continue to wrestle with the fate of Insure Tennessee. Family Nurse Practitioner Charles Ricard spoke of the need to provide access to care for the chronically ill: “Chronic diseases are the things that consume a […]


Tennessee Workers Deserve a Living Wage

  New Report Shows Tennessee Workers Need $14.79 an Hour to Make Ends Meet “It’s time for a state minimum wage and local living wage legislation”   Nashville, TN – Minimum wage workers in Tennessee are falling further behind. While Tennessee has no official state minimum wage, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour […]


Sharks and Superheroes

October 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

What do sharks and superheroes have in common? They’ll both be at: The Tennessee Citizen Action Fall Fundraiser on November 3rd in Nashville! Our hosts are Will Cheek and Kathryn Barnett 1619 18th Ave. South in Nashville Will you be there? Will you take a chance to meet Payday the Loan Shark? Do you want to help us […]


Someone You Need to Meet

October 11, 2015 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

Friends, We’ve got someone you need to meet: Payday the Loan Shark. He’ll be joining us on November 3rd as we celebrate our successes from this year and look to the legislative session of 2016. Tickets for this special event are $50 per person and you can get them here. Just type “Sharks” in the comment section to reserve your […]


Financed by Loan Sharks: A Stephen Fincher Story

In August, we told you about Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher standing up for payday loan sharks and against Tennessee consumers. Now, we’ve learned that Fincher’s earning a big political payday from those who prey on Tennessee’s most vulnerable. The Campaign for Accountability filed an ethics complaint about Fincher and 10 other Members of Congress, calling into question donations from the […]


Payday Loan Sharks and the High Cost of Being Poor

A recent article in The Economist highlights the high cost of being poor in America. From fees to cash checks to getting paid on prepaid debit cards that carry costly fees and yes, to accessing credit by way of high-priced predatory lending loan sharks. The article notes: To access credit, the poor typically rely on high-cost payday lenders. In 2013 the […]


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