Justice for Victims of Fraud

We’ve told you before about our opposition to forced arbitration. Now, there’s an opportunity for legislative action to prevent this practice and provide a path to justice for victims of financial fraud. Americans for Financial Reform released this statement today: Americans for Financial Reform applauds the Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2016, introduced […]

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Double Your Impact — Keep the Fight Alive

This year, we’ve been fighting hard on issues ranging from healthcare security to payday lending to campaign finance transparency. We plan to keep fighting — this year and into the 2017 legislative session. And we’re pleased to have the support of activists from across the state. Now, we have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our […]

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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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Google Bans Payday Loan Ads

Our friends at Americans for Financial Reform join many other consumer advocacy groups today in applauding Google’s announcement that it will no longer accept or display ads from payday lenders. From AFR: To its considerable credit, Google has decided to stop running search ads for debt trap payday loans. What does that mean? Google will […]

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Barry Moves Forward on Affordable Housing

April 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Economic Justice, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Despite efforts in the General Assembly led by Franklin Rep. Glen Casada to thwart affordable housing initiatives in Tennessee’s cities, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is moving forward with a significant investment in an affordable housing plan. The Tennessean reports: Mayor Megan Barry on Monday pledged $10 million to boost affordable housing in Nashville, a jolt […]

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Casada vs. Consumers

The Tennessean reports that Rep. Glen Casada has a new enemy: Consumers seeking affordable housing in Tennessee. From the story: Legislation that would prohibit municipalities in Tennessee from mandating that developers include affordable housing in new residential development is headed to the desk of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The Tennessee House of Representatives voted 72-23 […]

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Stopping Progress

That’s what the Tennessee General Assembly appears to be up to when it comes to protecting Tennessee workers and advancing their interests. According to a recent article from In These Times: Worker advocates in Tennessee say that preemption laws have repeatedly stymied some of their most important efforts to tackle poverty and working conditions at […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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TN Loan Sharks Charging 375%

Yes. It’s true. Legalized loan sharks in Tennessee can charge up to 375% for a payday loan. Sometimes, these ruthless “lenders” will even offer a “first loan free” program because they know that more than 70% of borrowers will borrow again. And again. And again. The cycle of debt is what payday lenders depend on to […]

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