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Time for CFPB to ‘Do the Right Thing’: Enact Payday Loan Rules
August 22, 2019
For most people, life feels better when there is something to look forward to. Whether looking forward to graduation, the arrival of a new baby, or retirement that affords a few years to just enjoy life – these kinds of things make going through challenging times somehow more manageable. ... read more »
A national crisis: Surging hate crimes and White Supremacists
August 15, 2019
A Saturday morning shooting rampage in El Paso, Texas on August 3 took the lives of 22 people, and seriously injured more than two dozen others. Reportedly, the alleged shooter wanted to kill as many Mexicans as he could. Armed with safety glasses, ear coverings and an assault-style rifle, the shooter entered a Walmart store during a back-to-school sale. ... read more »
NAACP and CRL: Student Debt Weighs Heaviest on Black America
August 1, 2019
From its founding in 1909 to today, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has endured as a vital advocacy organization dedicated to freedom and justice for all. From July 20-24, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization’s annual convention met for the 110th time in Detroit’s Cobo Hall. ... read more »
Regulatory Rollback on Student Loans Takes Away Borrower Protections
July 4, 2019
Every Fourth of July celebrates this nation’s founding. But this year, only a few days before the annual freedom celebration, an ill-advised governmental action will financially doom rather than free millions of student loan borrowers – as of July 1. Moreover, this action arrives as the cost of higher education continues to soar and household incomes remain largely stagnant. ... read more »
America’s Economy Must Better Serve Black and Latino Consumers
June 14, 2019
Anyone who works for a living knows that their money goes a lot quicker than the time it takes to earn it. And for low-to-moderate income workers, the costs of everyday living creep higher and quicker than pay raises or cost-of-living adjustments.  ... read more »
Reparations Must Include the Costs of Predatory Lending New University Studies Track High Costs of Discriminatory Housing
June 7, 2019
In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations. From Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida, to Michael Brown’s in Missouri, Eric Garner’s in New York and many other deaths -- a chorus of calls for reparations has mounted, even attracting interest among presidential candidates.   ... read more »
Time to Wake America up from its Student Debt Nightmare
April 25, 2019
Higher education has always offered opportunities to learn and earn a better quality of life. But in the 21stCentury, higher education has also become synonymous with ever deepening debt. More than 44 million consumers of varying ages and occupations struggle with $1.5 trillion in student debt.  ... read more »
After 51 Years, Fair Housing Still an Unfinished Journey
April 11, 2019
... headline news articles reminded the nation that housing discrimination still exists. ... read more »
$62 Billion in Education Cuts Proposed, Key College Aid Could Be Slashed
April 4, 2019
Every budget defines priorities and values. To put it another way, what’s really important in life gets supported financially. For many families, having a home, food, and utilities usually rank pretty high. Then there are other budgetary concerns like saving for college or having a ‘rainy day’ fund to cover less frequent costs that can be much higher than the size of the next pay check.    ... read more »
Education Department Helps Loan Servicers Instead of Borrowers
February 28, 2019
In an increasingly competitive global economy, highly skilled workers have a sharp advantage in securing and keeping employment. And as technological advances result in life-long learning in many occupations, many worker-students turn to federal student aid, the largest source of funding for higher education, to expand and/or hone their value in the marketplace. ... read more »
Auto Loan Delinquencies Climbed to $9 billion in 2018
February 21, 2019
…in April of last year, Congress used the Congressional Review Act to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) auto finance guidance that held auto lenders responsible for discriminatory lending practices prohibited under the Equal Credit Protection Act. This distorted use of the Congressional Review Act, sometimes known as another CRA, was never intended to overturn long-standing agency practices. ... read more »
CFPB Makes Move to Support Payday Lenders During Black History Month
February 15, 2019
When given the chance at the ballot box, Americans overwhelmingly vote to impose a 36 percent or less rate cap. Today, 16 states and the District of Columbia have these rate caps in place, providing strong protection from payday loan sharks. In remaining states – those without a rate cap – interest rates run as high as 460 percent in California, over 400 percent in Illinois and 662 percent in Texas. ... read more »
Don’t Let Predatory Tax Loans Take Your Refunds
January 24, 2019
“…across the country, advertising – particularly on urban radio – tempts listeners with easy ways to get a loan against anticipated tax refunds. But just like other predatory lending products, what is advertised is not quite what consumers receive. ... read more »
Unexpected For-Profit College Closures Come Before Christmas
December 27, 2018
“…this year, just a week before Christmas, there are people who were dealing with the aftermath of something far colder than the weather: college closures with no advance notice and a promise of more information at a date yet to be determined.” ... read more »
Don’t Let Small Dollar Loans Ruin Your Holidays
December 13, 2018
In this wonderful time of the year when family and friends gather in good cheer to celebrate the holidays, nearly everyone has a number of lists. From greeting cards to shopping for gifts, decorations and more, lists are made and reviewed to keep pace with the barrage of seasonal activities.  ... read more »
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