NPA in the News

Immigration protesters flood Congresswoman’s office

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Feb. 19, Shelby Township police officers were dispatched to U.S. Rep. Candice Miller’s office, located south of 28 Mile on Van Dyke Avenue, for a large, unannounced protest.

The group, later identified as being affiliated with Michigan United and National People’s Action, arrived on four school buses, and more than 150 individuals, holding signs and chanting, crammed into the building.

Payday Loans Criticized at Grassroots Rallies in U.S.

Grassroots activists calling for stronger government limits on the payday loan industry took their message on Tuesday directly to the source: They protested in front of payday loan businesses at events in at least 10 states.

Their “ask” was straightforward: The federal government needs to protect consumers from an industry in which critics say offers high-interest, short-term loans that put millions of Americans in a debt trap.

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

The Nation

Americans who are serious about addressing income inequality have long recognized that the United States needs a Robin Hood Tax—a charge on financial transactions proposed by campaigners who have argued since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 that “banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create.”

A Fox in the Henhouse at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By Liz Ryan Murray
In The Huffington Post

In nearly every way, payday loans are the perfect example of the type of predatory and destructive financial service that need to be reigned-in by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an independent federal agency formed in 2011. But even as the CFPB crafts those new rules, insiders in the payday lending industry are working to do everything in their power to strip the regulations of their power to enact real reform - and it's not yet clear the CFPB will put its foot down to stop them...

To Build a New Economy, a New Government Comes First

National People’s Action is training the next wave of progressive candidates for 2016. Here’s how they could win.

By Jacob Swenson
In Yes Magazine

At NPA’s national conference in 2013, we unveiled our Long-Term Agenda to a New Economy, which outlined a 40-year plan to create a more just and sustainable political and economic system. We recognized that making the fundamental changes we imaged would will require reclaiming our government. Government, after all, is the prize, not the problem.

Time to end the payday loan industry’s escape act

By Liz Ryan Murray
In the Hill

For more than 12 million American men and women who are lured into the payday loan debt trap each year, escape from a crushing debt cycle can feel impossible. Meanwhile, the payday loan industry has made itself rich by becoming a virtual Houdini – escaping regulations and lavishing money on lawmakers to get its way. It’s time we implemented rules broad enough to stop the payday industry’s tricks and evasion and bold enough to free vulnerable consumers from the debt trap.

Activist Pressure Keeps Walgreen’s HQ—And Nearly $4 Billion in Taxes—In U.S.

BY Dan Staggs
In In These Times

Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, sits on so many U.S. street corners that it feels like a national institution. Yet the company recently announced its intention to move its headquarters from Illinois to Switzerland—a move that would likely change nothing about the corporation’s management structure, but would cut Walgreens’ U.S. tax bill by nearly one-third.

Such a strategy, called “inversion,” is nothing new in the business world. But Chicago-based advocacy group National People’s Action couldn’t conscience the idea of a company with stores only in the U.S. and its territories ducking millions in taxes.