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  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

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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Rallying Against Payday Lenders in Wisconsin

I was proud to represent Tennessee at the inaugural People’s Action Delegates Assembly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin earlier this month. Among the exciting events was a direct action against a payday lending store in the area. Here’s more on that story: More than 100 activists from 25 states converged Monday on Speedy Loan, a payday lender […]

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When Dark Money Attacks…

…We Fight Back! From WSMV: Grassroots organization Tennessee Citizen Action Wednesday called for an investigation into whether campaign finance laws were broken in several races for Metro Nashville school board. The group, which describes itself as a consumer rights organization, announced its plans to file a petition with District Attorney General Glenn Funk and/or the […]

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Christy, Miller Refuse to Deny Campaign Coordination

In response to a sworn complaint by Davidson County voter Chelle Baldwin and Tennessee Citizen Action regarding the need for an investigation into potential illegal campaign finance activity in the MNPS school board race, candidates Jackson Miller and Miranda Christy have both released statements. Additionally, Stand for Children, through its attorney, has also issued a […]

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Campaign Finance Complaint Filed in MNPS Elections

Tennessee Citizen Action, a nonprofit public interest group, joined with Davidson County voter Chelle Baldwin today in filing a sworn complaint with Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk and the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.   Tennessee Citizen Action filed the complaint pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 2-10-108, which encourages voters to report local […]

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Rural Hospitals Struggling

July 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

The Tennessean reports on the struggles faced by rural hospitals in the state, especially in light of a lack of Medicaid expansion because of inaction on Insure Tennessee: Tennova Healthcare, owned by Community Health Services, announced in March that the hospital would shutter its doors in May. The company cited several issues, including structural problems with the building, […]

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