By Orson Aguilar and Preeti Vissa
As long as most of us have been alive, owning a home has been a big part of the American Dream. If you ask renters or young people if they hope to own a home one day, the resounding answer will be yes.
These young dreamers might be dismayed at the growing movement to make America a nation of renters. Some conservatives and progressives have suddenly decided it’s time to rethink the ideal of homeownership — and by amazing coincidence, they seem to have had that brainstorm just as Latinos, African-Americans and Asians were beginning to get a piece of the action.
Continue reading “Viewpoint: Wrong to Blame Homeownership”
As long as most of us have been alive, owning your own home has been a big part of the American Dream, but suddenly some prominent media voices are saying, “Not so fast!” Some of these newfound doubts about homeownership have a distinct aroma of racism about them.
Continue reading “The New War on Homeownership: Could It Lead to a Permanent American Underclass?”
By Carla Saporta and Rosa Martinez
The Greenlining Institute
Major California health insurers have big rate hikes coming – raising questions that the candidates for state insurance commissioner must answer.
The insurance commissioner race has gotten relatively little attention in this election season, but the start of implementation of national healthcare reform and a wave of rate increases raise urgent concerns. These questions are of great concern to all Californians, and especially to the low-income Californians and communities of color that we represent – the people who have generally had the least access to quality healthcare.
Continue reading “Big Rate Hikes Pose Questions for Insurance Commissioner Candidates”
By Preeti Vissa
What if there was a law that told big corporations that they have responsibilities to the communities they serve? A law that told companies that if they take profits out of a community, they need to put some investment back into it, and treat that community’s residents fairly?
Continue reading “Fight Brewing Over the Best Law You’ve Never Heard of”
By The Greenlining Institute
It’s getting to be a depressingly familiar pattern: A ballot crowded with confusing propositions, one or more of which were placed there by corporate interests looking to pad their own pockets at the expense of taxpayers. Here we go again.
Continue reading “Greenlining’s Guide to November Ballot Propositions: Corporations Trying to Buy Our Democracy – Again”
By Orson Aguilar
They’re at it again: Once more, special interests are trying to hijack California’s state ballot to enrich themselves at the expense of our communities. The Latino, African-American and Asian communities that make up California’s new majority are most at risk, and we’re not taking this lying down.
Continue reading “Minorities Fight Back Against Prop. 23”
By Preeti Vissa
The fight over Proposition 23 in California has gotten national attention, and understandably so. This attempt by two Texas oil companies to roll back California’s landmark clean energy law could deal a major blow to efforts to address pollution and climate change nationwide. But there are other issues at play, too, which haven’t gotten as much attention.
Continue reading “Fighting Big Texas Oil in California”
By Preeti Vissa
The good news is that recent revelations about foreclosures being finalized based on improper documentation — legal filings often not even read by the bank officials who signed hundreds or thousands of them at a time — have spurred outrage nationwide that could lead to action. The bad news is that it’s unclear whether that action will be enough.
Continue reading “A Foreclosure Moratorium Should Be Just the Start”
By C.C. Song, The Greenlining Institute
In the backyard of the Tesoro and Valero refineries in Wilmington, California lives a thriving community that has been fighting back against the oil giants for years. Because of Proposition 23, attention has finally been brought to local residents who wake up to see the refineries’ smoke day after day.
Continue reading “The Real Face of Proposition 23”
By Preeti Vissa
A funny thing has happened since I wrote last week about the need for both a broad foreclosure moratorium and for longer-term reforms, including principal reduction, to help homeowners who now owe vastly more than their homes are worth. A conventional wisdom has emerged — with the White House vocally joining in — that we must let millions of foreclosures proceed for the good of the economy.
Continue reading “We Don’t Have to Throw Homeowners Overboard”