CRC Blog Posts

CRC, NCRC and CIT Announce Historic Community Benefits Agreement

By Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, Executive Director CRC When we fight we win! It’s been five years since we stood outside of the Federal Reserve building in Los Angeles protesting the OneWest/CIT merger as the banking regulators held a hearing inside. I still remember that day like it was yesterday; some…

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A (White) National Disgrace

  This past April I was walking down Valencia Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, commonly known as La Mission, a historically Latino community, the home of Carnaval, low riders, and generations of Latino families. La Mission is my adopted work home – I am a newcomer…

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Striving for Deeper Immigrant Financial Inclusion

Guest Blog Post: Karla Guerra Co-Chair and Lead Organizer of CRC’s Here to Stay Initiative   Hardly a week goes by without a major news story related to the Federal government targeting and hurting immigrant households. In an era with heightened xenophobia and overt racism, we are observing deteriorating…

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Why Are Immigrant Youth Not Banked?

  As co-chair of CRC’s Here to Stay Campaign and an avid advocate for immigrant youth financial access, I believe that immigrant youth have the capability to become financially stable and build their assets if, and only if, they are given the support they need through efficient systems and…

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CRC Welcomes New Team Members!

CRC works closely with our members and allies to build an inclusive and fair economy that meets the needs of communities of color and low-income communities throughout California. At possibly no time in recent history, has there been a greater need for our coalition to work together to ensure that banks…

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We Need Retirement Systems and Public Benefit Programs that don’t Exclude Immigrants

  By Symone Jackson | LinkedIn Immediately following the 2016 election, immigrant rights advocacy groups like the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) began hearing complaints from people who expressed fears about facing discrimination, and in some cases, deportation, due to an increasingly hostile, anti-immigrant political climate. In response, CRC launched…

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Public Charge: A Proposed Rule with a Cruel Choice for All Immigrant Families

  Immigrants are at the core of our communities. They are our friends, family members, neighbors, and partners. They are us. All immigrants make valuable contributions to our communities every day but much of the rhetoric coming from the Trump administration criminalizes immigrant communities and fails to respect their…

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Why Immigrant Access to Capital Benefits Us All

dev/Mission graduate at LinkedIn headquarters sponsored by Latino Community Foundation, Google, Microsoft Silicon Valley, and Mission Housing (Photo: dev/Mission) “When I considered launching dev/Mission, a non-profit focused on building tech talents in underserved communities, I had to set my savings aside to launch it because I could not get traditional financing. The lack…

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Why Safe Financing for Small Businesses Matters

Rodnia Attiq is the owner of El Borrego Restaurant in City Heights, a low- to moderate-income neighborhood in San Diego and one of the focus areas of the city capital partnership.

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Oakland’s Displacement Crisis: Why Communities Deserve an Anti-Displacement Code of Conduct

Serial evictor landlords do not operate alone. By accessing funding from banks and other lenders, they are able to purchase property, and in turn, evict renters.

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Fines and Fees Reform is the Next Frontier in Social Justice

With every penny accounted for, Marissa and her husband sat in my office with detailed budgets to figure out how they could pay her medical bills.

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Bank Lobbyist Act makes it easier for banks to discriminate in lending

Banks are rolling in it these days; between record profits in 2017 and the windfall from the December Republican-backed tax cuts, banks have rebounded from 2008’s financial meltdown,

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