Greenlining Institute News: Advancing Change

Leadership Academy:
Meet the New Class of 2009 Academy Fellows
The leaders of tomorrow are here today!  Greenlining proudly welcomes the fellow’s class of 2009.  Read bios here.

Now Accepting Applications for 2010 Academy Programs
The Academy Promotes leadership in students who want hands-on public policy and advocacy experience and provides opportunities for them to acquire skills and build vital social networks that will enhance their effectiveness as future leaders.
Click here to learn more.

Our Democracy:
Line Up California! Draw the Lines for a Diverse Democracy

Last year voters passed Proposition 11, the California Voters FIRST Act, which calls for the creation of a new Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Greenlining Institute is working to ensure that this powerful commission reflects the diversity found throughout our state. Click here to apply and learn more.

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Survey Finds Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe Special Interests Hindering Health Care Reform

MEDIA CONTACT: Bailey Gilchrist
202-534-1720

78 percent of Americans see pharmaceutical industry deals as harmful

Berkley, CA– Monday September 14, 2009 – The Greenlining Institute today reacted to a survey conducted by the Lombardo Consulting Group which shows that Americans are losing confidence in the health care reform process.  The national poll found that an overwhelming number of poll respondents believe that “side deals” between Washington decision makers and the pharmaceutical industry have “seriously compromised efforts to enact real reform of the healthcare system.”

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Greenlining Institute Newsletter August 2009

ABC 7 Profiles The Greenlining Leadership Academy
For the past 21 years, through their Profiles in Excellence series, ABC 7 has featured Bay Area residents and organizations that have made important contributions to the community.  Orson Aguilar and the Greenlining Leadership Academy took center stage in ABC’s July episode of Profiles of Excellence.  Watch video here.

Let Steinberg Know:  Anti-Consumer Commissioner Chong Should be Rejected
Greenlining met with every member of the Senate Rules Committee on August 18th urging them to reject Rachelle Chong’s nomination to the California Public Utilities Commission.  Read article here.

Support AB 1405: The AB 32 Community Benefit Fund
AB1405, the Community Benefit Fund, co-sponsored by The Greenlining Institute, Coalition for Clean Air, NAACP and Race Poverty and The Environment needs your support!  This legislation acts to ensure that dollars coming through proposed carbon mechanisms (billions a year potentially) have specific set aside for disadvantaged communities. Read AB1405 PDF here and find draft support letter here.

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Greenlining Institute Newsletter June 2009

Leadership Academy
Meet the 2009 class of Summer Associates!
The leaders of the tomorrow are here today!  Greenlining proudly welcomes the Summer Associates class of 2009.  Read bios here.

Green Assets
Greenlining Holds Convening on Creating Opportunities for Communities of Color in the New Green Economy
At issue were strategies for leverage existing climate change legislation and sponsoring new legislation to ensure that the next wave of progress does not pass our communities by.  Read agenda and presentation materials here.

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Communities of Color Need to Be Part of the Budget Reform Solutions

Contacts:

Orson Aguilar
Executive Director
510-926-4005 office
510-552-0493 cell
orsona@greenlining.org
Chris Vaeth
Legislative Director
510-926-4026 office
chrisv@greenlining.org

Greenlining Signs on to Constitutional Convention Summit in Sacramento on February 24th

Berkeley, CA – The Greenlining Institute, a statewide multi-ethnic public policy organization, has long urged improvement to the state’s budget process.  Structural problems like the two-thirds rule, Proposition 13, and the consistent misuse of our initiative system has led to partisan bickering and pushed our state to the brink year after year.

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Greenlining Applauds Obama’s Homeownership Proposals

Contacts:

Orson Aguilar
Executive Director
510-926-4005 office
510-552-0493 cell
orsona@greenlining.org
Preeti Vissa
Community Reinvestment
510-926-4022 office
408-234-1956 cell
preetiv@greenlining.org

Greenlining Applauds Obama’s Homeownership Proposals

Berkeley, CA – Since 2004, Greenlining has been highly critical of federal banking regulator responses to excessive predatory lending.  And since 2006, it has been highly critical of the federal government’s failure to forthrightly and aggressively address the problem.

Today, Greenlining in a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Geithner, Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke, and FDIC Chair Bair, applauded the Obama $75 billion dollar home stabilization program announced in Phoenix, Arizona.  Greenlining also urged suggestions that would further assist low/moderate income homeowners and renters (letter attached.)  Also attached is Greenlining’s letter, prior to the announcement, to the Secretary of the Treasury urging a bold program that would avoid the problems that have continually confronted the Japanese government over the last fifteen years during its deep and growing recession. Continue reading “Greenlining Applauds Obama’s Homeownership Proposals”

“Billions for Banks: What’s in it for Main Street?” Dr. King March Against Banks on January 15th in S.F.

Contacts:

Orson Aguilar
Executive Director
510-926-4004 office
orsona@greenlining.org

Preeti Vissa
Program Manager
510-926-4022 office
preetiv@greenlining.org

Press Conference:

555 California St (BofA headquarters) at 11:30am, at the beginning of the march

Berkeley, CA – January 15, 2009, approximately one hundred California consumer advocates and community members, led by the Greenlining Institute, will march along California Street in San Francisco’s financial district to deliver a Main St. message to the Federal Reserve and the new Obama administration.  They will be accompanied by a Mariachi Band.

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California Ratepayers Demand Utility Rate Freeze

Samuel Kang
Managing Attorney-Consumer Protection
510-926-4004 office
415-317-5946 cell
samuelk@greenlining.org

San Francisco, CA – Over 150 ratepayers packed the auditorium at the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday to protest billions of dollars in pending utility rate increases. Nearly two dozen community leaders and ratepayers testified at a Commission meeting to demand rate freezes until the end of the recession in California.

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Report Card Ranks Best and Worst Small Business Lending to Minorities

Contact:
Christian González-Rivera
Program Manager, Research
Tel.: 510-898-0507
christiang@greenlining.org
greenlining.org

Today, the Greenlining Institute released its annual report card ranking the performance of top financial institutions in SBA lending to minority entrepreneurs in fiscal year 2008. The report will be sent to the top management of the nation’s largest SBA lending institutions in order to foster competition in lending to minority-owned small businesses. The findings are based on the verified data for fiscal year 2008 provided to Greenlining by the SBA through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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BofA Countrywide Settlement May be Less Than Appears

Robert Gnaizda
General Counsel
510-926-4006 office
robertg@greenlining.org

Preeti Vissa
Community Reinvestment
510-926-4022 office
preetiv@greenlining.org

Berkeley, CA – The Greenlining Institute, a national public policy and advocacy center that has been highly critical of Countrywide’s predatory subprime lending, had urged Attorney General Brown to bring suit at a December 2007 meeting. The organization labeled the so-called $8.7 billion dollar settlement “ far less than appears on the surface.” Continue reading “BofA Countrywide Settlement May be Less Than Appears”