Get up-to-date on our work and some of our biggest media features in this end-of-year roundup.
El Diario — Un informe de AARP Nueva York, revela que casi tres de cada cinco latinos mayores de 50 años van camino a padecimientos económicos en su vejez y abuelos de la Gran Manzana narran su calvario.
Gotham Gazette — After an election where the issue saw little mainstream political attention, climate change and what to do about it has come roaring back to the forefront of the New York political scene.
Gothamist — In September, months after declaring the city’s intention to divest its pension fund from fossil fuels and “sue Big Oil,” Mayor Bill de Blasio published an op-ed in the Guardian touting New York City’s effort to tackle climate change through sustainable financial policies. Alongside London Mayor Sadiq Khan, he announced the launch of a new global initiative, and encouraged local governments to “use our economic might to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
El Diario — ¿Los cobradores de deudas te están acosando? ¿Has sido demandado por un cobrador de deudas? ¿Un cobrador ha embargado tu cuenta bancaria? En caso de que así sea, no eres el único. Cada año los cobradores de deudas persiguen a decenas de miles de neoyorquinos, enfocando sus esfuerzos en inmigrantes y neoyorquinos de color y bajos ingresos.
Crain’s New York Business — Debt collectors in New York hit upon a big idea last decade: They would buy defaulted credit-card or health-care bills, sue debtors without notifying them and then falsely state they had been properly served. Defendants, often poor minorities, didn’t show up in court. Default judgments were routinely entered, leaving collectors free to garnish debtors’ wages.
Inside City Hall — New Economy Project’s Campaigns Director Andy Morrison imagines what would happen if “the enthusiasm that were seeing from the Governor and the Mayor toward Amazon was directed at real, community-based development and community-led initiatives that are proven – whether it’s Community Land Trusts, worker co-ops, or other things – to build wealth from the roots.”
Next System Project Podcast — This week on the Next System Podcast David Jette from Public Bank LA and Juleon Robinson from the New Economy Project, a member of Public Bank NYC, a broad-based coalition of community, worker rights, economic justice, and environmental groups to sit down to discuss the transformative potential of public banks.
Norwood News — Several proposals are under way to provide banking services, such as ATMs, paycheck cashing, bill payment, electronic money transfers and small-dollar loans, at Bronx post offices in hopes of making residents less reliant on alternative financial services.
Crain’s New York Business — Esther Roman, a 60-year-old grandmother in Brooklyn, was alarmed when she noticed in January that her $300 weekly paycheck was $27.99 short. She called her employer, a home health care agency, which said her wages were being garnished after someone sued her, claiming she’d failed to pay an old credit-card bill.