Blog Archives for February 2010

Economic recovery in Louisiana

February 25, 2010 Our discussion of economic recovery in Louisiana continues this week with another post in Equal Justice Works’ series.  This post was written by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellow Amanda Golob, who is serving at Southeast Lousiana Legal Services.   Almost every aspect of New Orleans life was affected by Hurricane Katrina. Read More

Economic recovery in Mississippi, continued

February 24, 2010 This is another post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery.  This post features the work of  Whitney Barkley, an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellow with the Mississippi Center for Justice. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xumPo4qx-BU] The R's are an elderly couple in their late sixties.  Like so many elderly in this country, they are on a fixed income. Read More

Plan Pushed on Lending to Students

February 23, 2010 In a New York Times article, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussed federal student loans with reporters, saying that banks have been getting “a free ride from taxpayers for too long.”  The direct offering of student loans by the federal government would save taxpayers $87 billion over 10 years, which would be used to increase need based grant aid.   President Obama has called the plan a “no-brainer.”  The measure passed the House last year, but has been stalled in the Senate.  Mr. Read More

Economic recovery in Mississippi

February 17, 2010 This is another post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery.  This video features Whitney Barkley, an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellow at the Mississippi Center for Justice. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhVVRF-MmfY]

Economic recovery in California

February 16, 2010 This is the fourth post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery.  This post was written by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Recovery Fellow Leigh Ferrin, an attorney at Public Law Center in California. Read More

Student loan companies reap billions in profits

February 16, 2010 In a New York Times letter to the editor on Saturday, Representative George Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, said student loan companies are fighting to save a system that allows them to reap billions in profits.  Representative Miller authored the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which would cause all new federal student lending to be originated through the Direct Loan program, instead of through lenders subsidized by taxpayers in the federally- Read More

Defining a crisis: what does economic recovery look like?

February 12, 2010 Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery continues with an exclusive interview with Ira Rheingold, Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and one of the nation’s leading experts on mortgage lending and consumer finance issues. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K53FV2uIkRQ&feature=player_profilepage] Ira got his start in Maryland and Chicago working with on issues related to public housing, tenants rights, and welfare.  Early in his care Read More

Calling in the troops: how lawyers are helping the country recover from economic crisis

February 4, 2010 This is the second post in Equal Justice Works’ series on economic recovery, a report on how lawyers are helping clients fight the loss of their jobs, homes, health insurance and more.  It was written by Martin Costello, Program Manager for Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps. In June 2009, Equal Justice Works received a $1.2M stimulus grant from The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place 30 AmeriCorps Recovery Fellows and 30 Read More

What economic recovery looks like in America

February 2, 2010 The economic crisis has devastated thousands of individuals and families across the country.  One in every 417 homes in the U.S. Read More

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