The Greenlining Institute’s Economic Equity and Telecommunications teams submitted a comment letter in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Trial Disclosure Program proposal. Greenlining raised that critical safeguards to control for discrimination and adverse impact were missing from this trial program and that a lack of foresight to embed them could disproportionately harm consumers of color and others marginalized from financial markets. Greenlining raised the CFPB’s roll back of fair lending as an overarching concern for this trial program and the Bureau’s overall direction, and included questions and recommendations for the Bureau.
The Greenlining Institute joined a coalition of nearly a dozen organizations to criticize a proposed second round of GOP designed tax cuts heavily favoring the top 1% of households. At a time of growing inequality, equitable tax reform is needed to yield a balanced and more productive economy rich with opportunity ladders. Unfortunately, HR 6760 doubles down on the upside-down approach of President Trump’s first round of tax cuts, and would continue to explode the deficit while doing nothing to address the inequality that is dragging the American economy and closing off opportunities for most people in the United States.
Greenlining’s Health Equity Director Anthony Galace delivered a public statement raising concerns about the merger’s impact on communities of color at a hearing hosted by the California Attorney General. He urged that all Dignity Health hospitals maintain their most recent charity care amounts at a minimum and stated that Dignity Health should increase its statewide community benefit spending by two percent annually for at least five years.
The Greenlining Institute urged California Governor Jerry Brown to sign Senate Bill 818 to ensure that Californians have a fair chance of keeping their homes when the going gets tough. The bill strengthens protections created by the 2012 California Homeowner’s Bill of Rights which required mortgage loan servicers to engage in timely, fair and transparent processes with struggling homeowners before proceeding to foreclosure.
A coalition of 24 organizations wrote to California Assemblywoman Monique Limón applauding her resolution expressing the state’s support for a strong and independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Assembly Joint Resolution 48 urges the President and Congress to maintain the integrity of the CFPB to carry out its duties to protect and defend consumers from predatory practices and abuses in the financial sector.
The Greenlining Institute filed public comments with the Strategic Growth Council regarding the Transformative Climate Communities FY 2018-2019 Draft Guidelines. We recommend changes to reduce the barriers for communities to be eligible for funding and offer comments around workforce and economic development and climate adaptation and resiliency.
CEJA, Greenlining and GRID provide guidance on how to promote beneficial community-centered clean energy research projects in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
The Greenlining Institute and its partners urged Electrify America, which is implementing VW’s $800M Zero Emission Vehicle investment under the Volkswagen Diesel Settlement, to prioritize benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities. We also provided recommendations on how to ensure this investment creates the most benefits in communities impacted most by poverty and pollution.