Payday lending takes a hit thanks to nevadans for the common good/iaf; reforms pushed through nevada legislature
Lobbyists for the lenders acted as if enforcement of existing laws would be something akin to mass extinction for their industry. Breathless predictions of doom bordered on the hysterical.
This was a head-scratcher for members of Nevadans for the Common Good (NCG), a non-partisan, valley-wide federation of 47 faith-based, labor, and non-profit organizations. NCG threw its support behind the proposal sponsored by Sen. Yvanna Cancela and supported by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada because the personal stories of those caught in the debt cycle — taking out one loan to pay off another — extend deep into its membership. More.
Charity and Justice meet the border challenge...Albuquerque Interfaith/IAF secures $350,000 in Local Funding to Support Asylum Seekers
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In the face of a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, Albuquerque Interfaith has been at the forefront of a local response, mobilizing institutions to address the immediate needs of recent arrivals and building a longer-term strategy and constituency for change.
In March, when asylum seekers began to arrive in Albuquerque without advance notice, Albuquerque Interfaith leaders stepped up to the challenge. Within a month, in collaboration with Catholic Charities and the City of Albuquerque, leaders built a coalition of agencies to respond to increasing numbers of asylum seekers coming to the city.
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ABQ Interfaith Packs Council Chambers in Support of Asylum Seekers, City Council Invests $250,000 in Humanitarian Crisis
In the face of a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, Albuquerque Interfaith has been at the forefront of a local response, mobilizing institutions to address the immediate needs of recent arrivals and building a longer-term strategy and constituency for change. This week, Albuquerque Interfaith and partners packed city council chambers in support of a $250,000 appropriation to the humanitarian crisis. 45 speakers spoke in support of the appropriation, including Catholic Archbishop John Wester and leaders from a broad swath of religious and nonprofit institutions. More from SWIAF.
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In a year when countless political campaigns are “staffing up”, recruiting volunteers, and raising money, Central Texas Interfaith is doing the same, but with a different focus: aggressively building a broad and diverse collective of 500 leaders. Over the next 7 months, CTI will attempt to double its base of core leaders at its congregations, schools, unions, and social service organizations to fight for families and the issues affecting them: affordable housing, workforce development, living wages, local control, immigration, safe neighborhoods, and healthcare. Simply put, the goal of our “500 LEADERS CAMPAIGN” is to build the largest non-partisan, broad-based political organization in Central Texas. Full story here.
One month after 300 Texas IAF leaders descended on the Capitol to call for investments in human development, delegations have been visiting the Capitol daily to engage legislators around school finance, the ACE fund, payday lending and infrastructure support for economically distressed areas.
Nevadans for the Common Good
May 10 at 7:02 PM · NCG made their presence known when 50 leaders all wearing white showed up in full force at the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee hearing of SB201 - the payday lending bill that will protect consumers! Leaders shared testimony about the impact of predatory lending practices and left encouraged and optimistic that the community and assembly members are seeing the importance of passing this bill. As Assemblywoman Carlton said, we are tired of waiting for something to be done to protect our families and communities! The fight is not over yet, but we are going in the right direction! Thank you all for showing up in support and for those who testified.
Our Views: Don’t put in a one-sided industry fix for their big tax break
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Forceful, compassionate and persistent Sarabia helped transform San Antonio, Texas into a better place as the cut out and shut out gained powerful voice. Through more than four decades of work with Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and continuing with COPS/Metro he helped reinvent IAF organizing during his storied life.
Story in the Rivard Report HERE.
Story in San Antonio Express-News.
An estimated 2,000 asylum-seekers have come through Albuquerque in recent months, staying a few days before moving along to meet their sponsors or families in other parts of the country. Several faith-based and community groups have served as hosts, assembling enough volunteer manpower and donations to shelter, feed and clothe them during their short stays.
Albuquerque Interfaith has so far welcomed 11 busloads of 50 people apiece. Supporting a single busload for two to three days runs about $3,000 in donated cash, according to Carla Lanting Shibuya, a site coordinator with the nonprofit organization. Several restaurants and other entities have supplemented the grass-roots effort by giving food and other goods, she said. Albuquerque Journal story here.