NPA in the News

How a Populist Uprising Crushed Payday Lending

By Sally Kohn
Salon

In a recent “big think” piece on the future of American politics, Democratic strategist Doug Sosnik writes in Politico that the defining question of moment is, “Which side of the barricade are you on?” Sosnik describes a rising populism on the left and the right focused on several primary issues, among them “a desire to go after the big banks and other large financial institutions.” If Sosnik’s prognostications are anywhere near correct — and I believe they are — then every politician and political weathervane in Washington should be flocking to study at the feet of National People’s Action.

We Know Who Stole the Economy—National People’s Action Moves to Take It Back

By David Korten
Yes Magazine

There are a great many civil society organizations doing good work in service to nature, justice, and democracy. Few, however, demonstrate the strategic sophistication of National People's Action (NPA). The NPA, which was founded in 1972, is an informal association of more than 200 grassroots organizations mostly representing working-class families. The NPA provides a place for these groups to work together to advance economic and racial justice.

Shutdown Redux

By George Goehl
Huffington Post

The Republican Party has once again shut down the government. This government shutdown has not been splashed across the front pages of papers across the country and it wasn't the top story on the evening news. This time, instead of shutting down the entire federal government they shut down Congress.

Wall Street’s Nightmare: Here’s How to Really Expedite the Recovery

By George Goehl
Salon

Rebuilding happens through investment, not cuts or austerity. We pay a sales tax on clothes. Why not on trades?

Apparently, the United States government has been eavesdropping on 35 world leaders. Too bad we didn’t learn what most of those nations — and the rest of the developed world — already figured out: that we can end the revenue crisis in America by taxing Wall Street.

What states can teach DC about fixing the revenue crisis

By George Goehl
The Hill

Part of the reason Republicans, and some Democrats, objected to raising our government's debt ceiling in the first place is their accusation that "government is broke.” Now that there are reports of what the next sequestration in 2014 will bring  — with painful cuts for military families, older Americans, children, and local economies—we can’t kick the revenue can down the road and bury it in politics. 

Debt Fixers Line their Pockets, Steal from Ours

By George Goehl
The Hill

With full-page ads in national news outlets, a “millennial-outreach” nationwide bus tour, and tens of millions of dollars to spend before Congress concludes its budget battles, Campaign to Fix the Debt—the latest effort of billionaire Wall Street investor Peter G. Peterson—will not be ignored. That’s not to say that Fix the Debt’s plans, which call for cuts to Medicare and Social Security while giving CEOs large corporate tax breaks, are good ones, or supported by the public. They’re not, and they’re not. But Peterson may be willing to spend his money to ensure that the rest of us don’t get to keep ours.

Instead of Paul Ryan’s ‘Robin Hood in Reverse,’ Why Not a Robin Hood Tax?

By John Nichols
The Nation

For House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan and the Republican Party’s unofficial austerity caucus, the shutdown and debt-ceiling fights did not end in defeat. As part of the deal to end reopen the government and avert a “full-faith-and-credit” crisis, they got an agreement to establish a House and Senate conference committee that is charged with pulling together a bipartisan budget plan.

Time to Confirm Watt

By Liz Ryan Murray
The Hill

In today’s highly partisan and divided Congress there are very few issues that unite a progressive Democratic senator from Massachusetts and conservative Republican senator from North Carolina. There are even fewer issues where progressive advocates and Wall Street bankers are on the same page. Yet everyone from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), from National People’s Action to the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders, are supporting Rep. Mel Watt’s (D-N.C.) nomination to become the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

19 Activists to Watch

By Peter Dreier Bill Moyer's and Company

In 2010, as the foreclosure epidemic raged, George Goehl, executive director of National People’s Action (NPA), and Stephen Lerner, Service Employees International Union organizer, brought unions, community organizations and faith groups together to pressure banks and the Obama administration to do more for families losing their homes. As the New Bottom Line coalition, they mounted protests at bank headquarters around the country, generating media attention and helping Attorneys General Eric Schneiderman of New York and Kamala Harris of California successfully push for a stronger national settlement with several major banks, which resulted in more than $26 million in foreclosure relief.

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