New York Focus — Two months ago, Obama-era Treasury Department official Adrienne Harris joined the board of LendingClub, a scandal-plagued online lending company. It was the latest of well over a dozen past and present positions Harris has held at financial technology (“fintech”) firms or related companies, many headquartered in New York.
Our Andy Morrison joined WBAI’s Living for the City to discuss the movement for public banking, community land trusts, and more.
The Lurie Daniel Favors Show — Our Akilah Browne discusses community land trusts and organizing with Lurie Daniel Favors.
Market Watch — Nearly 6.4 million households owe an estimated $21.3 billion in rent debt, putting them at risk of losing their homes when the national eviction moratorium expires on Saturday.
Our co-director Deyanira Del Río testifies before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions, and answers questions from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Nation — Even as the pandemic devastated New York City, megabanks like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America continued to do a roaring trade. And now those financial behemoths are set to manage the funds that New York City and other municipalities will be deploying for the recovery. But financial justice advocates want to see the City move its money from the Wall Street titans to a public bank, owned and operated by the people.
Daily News — New York has been making slow, halting moves in the direction of creating a public bank — a publicly owned financial institution that would facilitate financial services, especially loans, to help students, families and small businesses, using the billions of dollars in tax revenue, fees and fines and operating cash the city controls.
Newsday — Banks have charged Long Islanders an estimated $120 million in overdraft, ATM and maintenance fees since the start of the pandemic, compounding the economic hardships experienced by low-income residents, according to a report issued by a coalition of progressive groups Wednesday.
Gotham Gazette- Reopening the door to Wells Fargo suggests that city officials have not learned the lessons of the past year, or decades. In the face of New York’s severe affordable housing shortage, climate devastation, and extreme racial wealth inequality—all exacerbated by COVID-19—we need bold action.
A public bank would build wealth and power in communities hardest hit by the pandemic. It’s needed now more than ever.
New Economy Project founder and co-director Sarah Ludwig discusses a new state law protecting stimulus checks from debt collectors and makes the case for legislation enabling New York municipalities to create public banks.