Bad feelings over the bailouts and extortionary bank fees have driven millions of Americans into the arms of local credit unions. But instead of luring them back with better customer service, Big Banks are using their lobbying might to kill off credit unions, attempting to destroy a crucial tax exemption that credit unions need to survive.
Big Banks sucked up over a trillion dollars in the bailouts, but now they’re claiming that credit unions are the biggest problem to the national deficit. Banks say that credit unions cost the government $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue, but if the banks get their way, it will cost us over ten billion dollars each year in higher fees and rates.
Congress gets back from recess this week, and banks are about to kick off a big lobbying push for the fall. The banks are trying to kill consumer-friendly credit unions so that they can raise rates with impunity — but we aren’t going to let them.
Tell Bank of America and its cronies to stop their crusade against credit unions.
We can’t afford a future without credit unions. If we show the banks just how much this desperate gamble will backfire, the threat of bad publicity and another banking scandal will cause the banks to rethink their pricy lobbying push. Large-scale protests have forced banks to change their tune before, and once word gets out about the banks’ incredible greed, the backlash should send them packing.
Anytime that regulation is mentioned, bankers like to cry out about free-market principles. But banks use an army of lobbyists to shape legislation as they see fit. This time, they’ve gone too far in trying to take out the competition. If we all step up today, we can stop this in its tracks, and save consumer-friendly credit unions from extinction.
A couple of weeks ago, I was scheduled to take a trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on JetBlue. Every year, my family goes on a one-week pilgrimage, where we put our work on hold and spend time visiting temples, praying, and spending time with family and friends. To my Jewish friends, I often…
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we need to do something about this kind of thing, no-one can reasonably believe this is an isolated incident and people deserve better than to be treated like this
JetBlue is a whole bunch of dirty assholes for going above & beyond the US surveillance state requirements to punish their passenger for being not-white and not-Christian.
The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.
I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.
In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.
Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.
Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.
As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.
If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.
”—Statement by Bradley Manning read after his sentancing, by his lawyer David Coombs (via mollycrabapple)
“New York is an ugly city, a dirty city. Its climate is a scandal, its politics are used to frighten children, its traffic is madness, its competition is murderous. But there is one thing about it - once you have lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough.”—John Steinbeck, America and Americans and Selected Nonfiction (via unbeautifulnewyork)
It’s been nearly four years since my grandmother Charlotte died in July 2009. At her wake, I met a handful of people from Planned Parenthood of Cameron & Willacy Counties—two of the poorest counties in Texas. Family planning, and specifically abortion access, was Charlotte’s cause. In her obituary, the family asked that “in lieu of food or flowers, PLEASE send donations to the liberal charity of your choice, or to Planned Parenthood of Cameron & Willacy Counties.”
The right to safe and legal abortion was important to her because she witnessed firsthand the brutality women inflicted on themselves when it was not available: when she was a girl, Charlotte found her family’s housekeeper bleeding out in her bedroom after trying to self-abort.
I put this pair of her glasses in my purse before leaving to watch Wendy Davis filibuster to stop Texas Senate Bill 5 yesterday. I’d been encouraged to do so by Texas Monthly senior editor [note: my husband is on staff at TM] Erica Grieder, who said “I’m projecting a not-appalling day in politics.” Her full account is here.
And a not-appalling day in the Texas Legislature is none too common. In 1989 my mom brought me to my first rally—appropriately enough, one for NARAL—at the Texas Capitol. It was an excellent time for (liberal) women in Texas. Ann Richards would be elected governor the following year, and Mom would take my sister and me to La Zona Rosa—then mostly a Mexican restaurant that sometimes had music—to watch the returns and to the Hyatt to watch her victory speech. When you’re 14 and you see that as your first big in-person electoral moment, you feel pretty good about politics in Texas. Then you turn 18 and cast your first vote for Ann Richards and she loses to George W. Bush and you’re in for twenty years of fuckery.
I’m also from the bible belt south. I went to my first march in Washington DC for abortion rights when I was thirteen. My single mom took me.
I’ve been to many marches and rallies since then, written letters, raised funds and donated my money to abortion funds and women’s health services. We don’t all have time and mobility and we don’t all have money to spare, but we all have a voice.
Thank you, to all the fierce southern women who continue to stay and fight.