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Thousands Gather to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Dream, End Economic Inequality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2014
CONTACT: Rachel Tardiff, 202.746.1507 (cell) or <rachel@fitzgibbonmedia.com>

Thousands Gather to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Dream, End Economic Inequality  

Clergy, Family Farmers, Elected Officials, Small Business Owners, Workers & Homeowners Unite for Multi-State Initiative Calling for Tax Fairness & Transparency as State Legislative Sessions Open

National Peoples Action on Regions Bank’s Announcement Today That They Will Be Ending the Practice of Predatory Payday Lending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
CONTACT: Brett Abrams | 516-841-1105 | brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com

National Peoples Action on Regions Bank’s Announcement Today That They Will Be Ending the Practice of Predatory Payday Lending

Group Urges Federal Reserve To Issue Similar Rules

The following is a statement from George Goehl, Executive Director of National People’s Action, on the proposed Congressional Budget Deal:

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CONTACT: Rachel Tardiff, 202.746.1507, Rachel@FitzGibbonMedia.com

 

The following is a statement from George Goehl, Executive Director of National People’s Action, on the proposed Congressional Budget Deal:

Big Win: After Long Campaign, National People's Action Applauds Regulators For New Rules That Curtail Payday Lending, Calls on Federal Reserve to Join

Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released new guidance that would rein in banks from making predatory loans that trap borrowers in a cycle of debt with 300% interest. National People's Action (NPA) has been helping to lead a campaign on this issue for months. 

Conspicuously absent in calling for an end to these predatory practices is the Federal Reserve, which regulates two of the banks that offer these products, Regions and Fifth Third banks.  NPA urges the Federal Reserve to join its regulator colleagues immediately in calling for a halt to this toxic bank product.

National People’s Action And Their Affiliates Join National Civil Disobedience in Phoenix to Shut Down ICE

Today, National People’s Action (NPA), and their affiliates Sunflower Community Action, POWER LA, and Voces de La Frontera will join with other undocumented people, families facing deportation proceedings, day laborers, and immigrant rights organizers in a civil disobedience that will shut down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and stop deportations from Phoenix for a day.

Activists Block Traffic on West Side Highway Outside Verizon’s NYC HQ Over Company’s Tax Dodging

New York, NY: Community leaders were arrested today during a non-violent civil disobedience outside Verizon's NYC headquarters (located at 140 West Street at the West Side Highway) in order to out the company for it’s continued tax dodging and advocacy for brutal cuts to programs for America’s most vulnerable residents. The group demanded Verizon, and the coalition through which it advocates called “Fix the Debt,” stop advocating tax cuts for big corporations and budget cuts for the poor and middle class. Verizon is one example of why Congress needs to crack down on tax dodging corporations, not public services. The event is part of a national week of “Corporate Evil Outing” happening across the country.

Community Groups Call on Regions Bank to Stop Predatory Payday Loans

Today, grassroots community groups in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa are all delivering letters to Regions Bank branches to demand the bank stop offering predatory payday loans. Nearly 100 people in total will visit Regions branches today, coinciding with a new national petition to the bank by economic and racial justice group National People’s Action.

Everyday people are calling Regions out as a predatory lender. The loans, marketed as “Ready Advance” come with interest rates that can top 300% APR with high usage by vulnerable families like the elderly, people with disabilities, and the poor.

National People's Action: Obama's Economic Proposal a Disaster for Low-income and Middle Class Americans

Statement from NPA Policy Director Liz Ryan Murray:

“President Obama’s just announced economic 'grand bargain' proposal is a disaster for low-income and middle class Americans. It's clear from years of a tax system that's rigged in favor of corporations that the last thing we need is to allow corporations to pay less. They're already contributing less now than they have in 100 years.

Millions of Americans are drowning from years of dramatic cuts that have resulted in fewer jobs, less services, and dangerous crumbling infrastructure. This is no time for more corporate tax giveaways. While we applaud the President’s acknowledgement that we are facing a jobs emergency, we'll need much more than the few specific measures offered to truly address the future of work in this country, and rebuild our nation. We at National People’s Action call on the President to fight for tax reform that calls for corporations to pay their fair share.”

Statement from National People’s Action Executive Director George Goehl on rumors that President Obama is planning to appoint Summers to head the Federal Reserve:

National People’s Action: No Worse Pick to Head the Fed than Larry Summers for Working Class Families

Statement from National People’s Action Executive Director George Goehl on rumors that President Obama is planning to appoint Summers to head the Federal Reserve:

“There is perhaps no worse pick to head the Federal Reserve for working class families that Larry Summers. His work to ensure a no-strings bailout for Wall Street is alone enough to disqualify him for the post, not to mention his key role in engineering the Great Recession by fatally weakening oversight and regulations for big banks. We urge President Obama to reconsider his rumored choice of Larry Summers and instead pick someone who will work for Americans of all income levels.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NPA Statement on the George Zimmerman Verdict

Statement of Bree Carlson, Director of the Structural Racism Program:

"We are outraged and saddened by the Florida court's decision to find George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old African American boy. The fact that the man who committed the crime will go unpunished is without question a symptom of a deep sickness in our country. It cannot be understood outside of the context of hundreds of years of institutionalized racism that produce racial inequity in every aspect of our society. It is clear we have much work to do to realize the promise of fairness that is at the core of our shared values as a country. 

As an organization dedicated to fighting structural racism, National People's Action recognizes that we must all work for a judicial system free of the devastating racial disparities that make the outcome in this case far too common. We must fight against the corporate interests behind the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) who pervert democracy by funneling corporate donations to buy the votes of lawmakers and put dangerous laws, like 'Stand Your Ground' and Shoot First, on the books in states across this country. Today we stand together with allies around this nation in our belief that, as a country, we can and must do better."

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