When the last remaining bank branch on the Lower East Side closed its doors in 1986, local activists took matters into their own hands and organized to establish a non-profit financial cooperative, the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union.
How did Brooklyn resident Kenneth Lovell, a retired janitor living on a fixed-income and with no credit history, find himself thousands of dollars in debt? It’s a refrain we’ve heard before on our NYC Financial Justice Hotline: Wall Street banks working in cahoots with retail stores, doctors’ offices, and others to exploit low-income New Yorkers. […]
This episode, we take a look at a campaign that focuses on the Federal Reserve System and its impact on working people and people of color. We take you to a rally in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where we spoke with two protesters about how the Fed impacts their communities. Then, we sit down with the Director of the Center for Popular Democracy’s Fed Up! Campaign to hear about the fight to put working people and communities of color at the center of the Fed’s decision-making process.
This episode, we focus on the payday lending industry’s most recent attempt to legalize high-cost predatory lending in New York. We feature a conversation with New York State Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou about the importance of standing up for strong consumer protections as a matter of racial and economic justice. We also sit down with New Economy Project’s Campaigns Director, Andy Morrison, to discuss a vision for financial justice for New York City’s communities.
In the latest episode of our podcast, we speak with Walter Barrientos, Make the Road organizer and longtime leader in the immigrant rights movement, and other New Yorkers about recent attacks on immigrant communities and why it is so critical that people take to the streets and demand justice.
This episode, we feature a conversation with Mychal Johnson, co-founder and leader of South Bronx Unite, about the group’s work organizing for sustainable, community-driven development in the Mott Haven & Port Morris neighborhoods of the South Bronx.
We speak with Nova Lucero and Renzo Moyano, member/organizers from Northern Manhattan is Not For Sale, about their work organizing Inwood and Washington Heights residents against unwanted private development in their neighborhood.
Hear sounds from the teach-in we led on May 9 in the Privately-Owned Public Space at Trump Tower, along with New York Communities for Change, 350.org, and Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.
We speak with Eddie Bautista, executive director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, about the intersections among environmental, racial, and social justice movements in NYC.
Wondering what to expect from Let’s Be Real? Listen to this short clip for an introduction to some of the themes, topics, and sounds of our new podcast.