Economic Justice

Letter to Bank of America: You're on Notice, See you In Charlotte.

Icon February 4, 2012 - 00:12 Today, Virginia Organizing leaders attempted to the deliver the following letter to the Charlottesville branch manager. The mananger kindly refused so the group went to the nearest post office and mailed the following:   February 3, 2012  

Brown: An Afternoon With VP Biden on the SOTU

Icon January 31, 2012 - 03:12 “We can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair shave, and plays by the same sets of rules”—President Obama As a member of the State Governing Board of Virginia Organizing, last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a State of the Union Amplification event with members of US Action.

Victory on UI and Payroll Tax Cut, Virginia Organizing at White House

Icon December 23, 2011 - 19:49 Yesterday the obstructionists in the House of Representatives finally announced they'd join a majority of senators from both political parties to renew unemployment benefits and continue the payroll tax credit that helps the middle class.  

Breaking up with Bank of America: Michele's story

Icon December 23, 2011 - 19:29 Over the last several months Virginia Organizing has joined the campaign Move Our Money USA in moving $57 million away from the big banks into credit unions and small banks. We have moved our money because big banks like Bank of America support predatory lending, engage in foreclosure fraud and fail to lend money to small businesses that create jobs. Here is one of thousands of stories of people taking control of their money. Michele from Charlottesville said enough is enough, took out a pair of scissors and cut Bank of America out of her life!

No More Mr. Potter: Virginians Moving Money out of Big Banks

Icon December 23, 2011 - 16:24 The 1946 film "It's a Wonderful life," which starred Jimmy Stewart, has become an American Christmas classic. For hundreds of Virginians, one of the film's lessons is just as relevant today as it was over 60 years ago. That lesson, says Ann Williams of Virginia Beach, is to support small community banks and credit unions. She is part of a growing movement of people fed up with what they see as the unfair practices of big banks, represented by Mr. Potter in the film. Williams says the big banks have simply become too powerful and unaccountable.

Ehrenthal: The House is Playing Reindeer Games with Unemployment & Middle Class Tax Cut

Icon December 19, 2011 - 22:34 Once again the House of Representatives, led by the radical conservative bloc is holding up a needed tax break for most working Americans. After crafting a compromise budget bill in the Senate—which was passed on Saturday—House Republicans had a change of heart over the weekend and are now threatening to oppose the Senate bill this evening.  

The face of the unemployed

Icon December 2, 2011 - 23:09   Today USAction helped put a face to unemployment in America.   Amid a flurry of press coverage, including not one but two advance mentions in the New York Times, we released a special report, Hardly Working: Stories from Un- and Under-Employed Americans.   The report includes the stories of 89 people, culled from nearly 1,200 stories that were submitted to us by our online supporters.  

Ehrenthal: Pepper Spray is Not Food and Occupy is Not Ambiguous

Icon November 22, 2011 - 19:57 As Yogi Berra is purported to have said, “It’s like Deja Vous all over again”.  Watching the treatment of those assembling in protest for the Occupy movement brings me back to the late 1960s and early 1970s.  We seem to have learned nothing about how to treat relatively peaceful groups expressing their concerns. In the 60’s and 70’s it was integration and the war.