(NNPA) – In recent days, many policymakers and analysts have noted the July 21 anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). It marked the anniversary of President Obama signing the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act into law. The cornerstone of the law’s reform was the creation of a new bureau dedicated solely to ensuring that when it came to financial services, consumers would have a cop-on-the-beat, fighting for and ensuring transparency and fairness.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – This fall, the Department of Education plans to announce changes to PLUS loans that officials say will make it easier for parents to qualify for the financial aid program that thousands of Black college students rely on every semester. In an effort to combat a rising number of parent loan defaults in 2011, the department began to enforce more strict borrowing guidelines, a move that disproportionately affected Black parents, especially ones that lost homes and jobs and were burdened by high levels of debt incurred during the Great Recession.
Educate, Organize and Mobilize: It’s a little more than a year since the US Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the countdown to the November General Election is underway. As of August 8, 2014 there were 86 days left before the elections and voters are being mobilized. I continue to wonder, as I look for signs, whether Black Voters will respond to the most dangerous threat to our Civil Rights in 50 years. I have to wonder because if the response is there I don’t see it. And, if I don’t see it I doubt very seriously if it is adequate.
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Unique Program For Troubled Youth to Honor Contributors at Special Dinner, Entertainment, and Awards Show in Chicago
Entertainers for the night will include Marshall Thompson and the world famous Chi-Lites, and gospel artist Pastor Mitty Collier. Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and president of Probation Challenge and The PCC Network Chicago, IL — Probation Challenge, the first court-mandated program of its kind in the country where clients are forced to help themselves via education (School or Jail!), will be presenting their 35-year “Portrait of Achievers” Awards, Entertainment, and Dinner show on Friday, August 15th at 7pm at Condesa del Mar in Chicago/Alsip, Illinois.