In the News

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.”

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.

Our Staff Attorney Eve Weissman appears on the Season the Bitch podcast to break down some of the systemic forces contributing to our culture of debt and enumerate your options and rights when dealing with debt collectors. Listen below or here.  

The Nation — New Yorkers are known for speaking their minds, but can they put their money where their mouth is? A new campaign is underway to make one of the richest cities into the world reclaim local wealth and make the banking system work for people who actually live here, by putting people over profits.