Financial Reform

Financial Reform

Thu Aug 11, 2011

Southweast Wisconsin Common Ground successfully negotiated over $4 million in housing re-investment from financial institutions whose foreclosures had devastated the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee.  


Thu Aug 11, 2011

Pastor Soliney Vedrine and Winique Green look on as testimony is given about the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization's Moving from Debt to Asset's program.  This groundbreaking financial empowerment program has graduated more than 700 graduates and provided each of them with $500 scholarships to begin a financial savings plan.


In the News


Texas IAF, Community Organizing in Texas, Payday Lending, Statewide Reform, Arturo Aguila

Border Interfaith & EPISO Set Sights on Texas Payday Lending Reform

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Texas Tribune

With the victory of limiting the profitability of payday lending in El Paso, congregational leaders of Border Interfaith and El Paso are turning their attention to statewide payday lending reform...


CFPB, Together Louisiana, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Louisiana IAF, Payday Lending Reform

Together Louisiana Takes Payday Fight to Consumer Finance Protection Bureau

Friday, June 13, 2014
Times-Picayune

After the Louisiana legislature failed to pass payday lending reform this year, leaders of Together Louisiana took their policy recommendations to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.  Leaders proposed legislation that would:

  • Prohibit payday lending to those who have been in debt for more than 90 days out of the previous year;
  • Require that payday lenders refrain from lending more than borrowers can afford to repay;
  • Require reporting on payday loan transactions for greater transparency...

Payday Lending, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Louisiana IAF, Perry Perkins

Together Louisiana Throws the Good Book at Senators

Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Advocate & NBC News

The day of the Louisiana legislative vote on a bill that would reform payday in the state, clergy and lay leaders of 'Together Louisiana' gathered to distribute Bibles with passages marked from scripture detailing admonitions against oppressive lending... 


Payday Lending, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Together Louisiana, Perry Perkins

'Together Louisiana' Continues Push for Payday Lending Legislation

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Shreveport Times & The Advocate

‘We are not asking that the payday industry be outlawed,’ Interfaith members stated in a news release. ‘Banks and credit unions have a cap on the number of loans one person can receive. We do not think it unreasonable that the payday industry should adhere to the same rules.’


Payday Lending Reform, Together Baton Rouge, Jeremiah Group, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Louisiana IAF

'Together Louisiana' Moves Legislative Bill on Payday Lending

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Advocate

With the press calling it “the sleeper issue of the session,” leaders from ‘Together Louisiana,’ stormed the Capitol to testify in Committee hearings and weigh in on debate over payday lending in Louisiana...


Community Organizing in Louisiana, Payday Lending, Predatory Lending, Louisiana IAF

Legislators Join 100 'Together Louisiana' Leaders on Capitol Steps

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Times Picayune Plus Others

Louisiana state legislators joined 100 'Together Louisiana' leaders on the front steps of the Capitol in a rally against predatory payday lending practices and a cry for regulations that would curb the worst habits of the industry....  


Payday Lending Reform, Community Organizing in Louisiana, Predatory Lending, Thelma Fleming

Together Louisiana Takes Payday Lending Fight to the Capitol

Monday, March 24, 2014
The Advocate

First, Thelma Fleming lost one of her two jobs. Later, she had to pawn some of the gifts her children had given her. Eventually, the bank closed her account, and she had to give up her car.

Fleming’s troubles can be traced back to the $300 loan she took out from a payday lender two years ago after the detox center where she worked closed its doors.


Payday Lending, Bankruptcy, Finance, Together Louisiana, Rev. Errol Domingue

Payday Lending Dominates Louisiana Black Leg Caucus Mtg

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Daily Reveille

At a town hall on Saturday, February 22nd, Rev. Errol Domingue directly asked leaders from the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus: Have you ever taken money from the payday lending industry? Will you continue to take their money in the future?


Payday Lending, Credit, Loans, economic justice, Arturo Aguila

EPISO & Border Interfaith Pass Payday Lending Reforms

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
El Paso Times

El Paso leaders succeeded in their efforts to limit how much payday lenders can make on the backs of working families.... 


Pay Day Lending, Credit, Citizens UK, Living Wage Campaign, economic justice

Acting Together for Economic Justice

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Huffington Post

Today's decision to cap the cost of payday loans did not emerge in a vacuum. It is the fruit of years of determined campaigning, which started in churches, mosques and synagogues in some of Britain's poorest neighbourhoods. Indeed, George Osborne's announcement comes exactly four years after 2000 members of the religious and civic institutions in Citizens UK asked all three parties' Treasury spokesmen to adopt precisely this policy.


Financial Reform, Community Building, organizing in Texas, Organizing in Austin, living wages, Economic Incentives

Austin Interfaith Celebrates Progress on Living Wages

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
KVUE News

A diverse mix of Labor Union representatives, city and county elected officials, faith-based organizations and advocates for fair wages and working conditions came to the Workers Defense Project office Tuesday night…to celebrate a move by the county regarding tax incentives, a move many are hoping the city of Austin will follow.


Financial Reform, Housing

Eric Schneiderman is right to fight Obama administration's bad foreclosure settlement with the banks

Sunday, November 27, 2011
New York Daily News

While most attention is focused on a drawn-out debt crisis in Washington and spasmodic demonstrations in several cities, the most important economic and political battle of the period is being played out largely under the radar.