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October 17, 2002

Community Thurs. 10-17

Roundup of Community stories, Oct. 17, 2002

  • Hitting the grassroots, the ACLU has launched a $3.5 million television and grassroots campaign, "Safe and Free", to overturn the Patriot Act's assaults on civil liberties. Take action to end violations of attorney-client privilege through prison evesdropping and opposing neighborhood snitching.
  • ACORN and other activists won some major victories against predatory lending this week. State Attorneys General won a $484 million settlement from lender Household Finance and Beneficial. Following the New York City council's passage of a predatory lending bill, NY Governor Pataki signed a state version of the law.
  • On the living wage front, ACORN worked with a local coalition in Broward County to push passage of a law requiring that businesses doing more than $100,000 in business with the County annually pay their employees at least $9.57 per hour, plus another $1.25 if not provided with health insurance.
  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition released a new report Rental Housing for America's Poor Families: Farther Out of Reach Than Ever. With detailed analysis, it shows "the gap between wages and rents has continued to broaden and deepen" throughout the last decade.
  • People for the American Way is mobilizing to stop the promotion of a general who presided over a base rife with anti-gay harassment and did little or nothing to correct the situation either before or after the brutal on-base murder of Pfc. Barry Winchell.

    Posted by Nathan at October 17, 2002 11:01 PM

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