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Banks vow cooperation on foreclosures -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Banks say they'll work with community advocates, agree to maintain vacant properties. Representatives of five of the nation's leading banks told a crowd of 1,100 Sunday that they would work with the advocacy group Common Ground to deal with Milwaukee's foreclosure crisis, including maintaining vacant land and boarded-up properties. The banks' response was much different a year ago, when Common Ground, then a new community organization, launched an initiative to hold major banks accountable for the mounting foreclosure crisis that has helped to depress Milwaukee's housing market...

Interfaith coalition to rally for human services levy -Dayton Daily News

DAYTON — Lift Greater Dayton, a new regional advocacy coalition of 30 community organizations, will be launched in the Miami Valley on Sunday, Oct. 10.

Participants are primarily faith-based groups including churches, synagogues, and mosques; schools, unions and business associations are also involved. At Sunday’s kickoff event, slated for 3 p.m. at Temple Israel on Riverside Drive, hundreds are expected to rally for Issue 9, the Human Services Levy...

Massachusetts moving money out of 3 big banks to protest credit card rates -Washington Post

Massachusetts officials on Wednesday announced plans to move millions of dollars in state investments out of some of the nation's biggest banks to protest credit card interest rates.

State Treasurer Timothy Cahill said the state has removed Bank of America, Citi and Wells Fargo from a list of institutions approved for new state investments. Massachusetts, which is the only state to make such a move, is also beginning to divest $243 million in funds held at those banks, though the process could take up to six months...

House approves in-state tuition for illegal immigrants -Baltimore Sun

The House of Delegates voted Friday to extend in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants — the highest hurdle so far for a plan that has already passed the Senate and has the backing of Gov. Martin O'Malley. Undocumented students cheered the 74-66 vote and embraced supportive lawmakers as they streamed out of the House chamber after hours of spirited debate...

Counting begins to force referendum on immigrant tuition law -Washington Post

Opponents of a new Maryland law to give undocumented immigrants in-state college tuition breaks said they turned in more than twice as many signatures as needed on Thursday night to suspend the law and to force it to a statewide referendum. The Maryland State Board of Elections now has until July 22 to certify the signatures, but it is likely the opponents will know before then whether they have succeeded. Elections officials plan to begin daily updates on the board’s Web site with the tally as it progresses...

Taking discontent to the bank -Boston Globe

Chuck Koplik of Lexington had kept his money at the same bank since 1977, through several mergers and acquisitions. Until last week.

No home for the holidays -Washington Post

Martha Holmes's small, frail body often bumps into things in her new apartment, which seems like a maze to the 87-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease. In the last month, she has been hospitalized twice, and police have found her wandering the streets, attempting to walk back to the public housing apartment in Alexandria that she called home for more than 40 years.

Now living in Ladrey, a public senior-housing building five blocks away, Holmes is among those at the center of a dispute between James Bland public housing residents who say they are being disregarded and housing authorities who say the residents are uncooperative and antagonistic to development plans...

Living Wage campaign marks 10 years of fighting for the poorest -The Guardian

It took on the banks and persuaded schools, hospitals and Westfield shopping centre to raise pay for workers. Now, on the eve of a 10th anniversary rally, the movement has Tesco in its sights too. Ken Livingstone calls them "the best example of the big society I've seen in the past decade". London Citizens, which started as a ragtag band of church groups and trade unionists appalled at the living conditions of many workers in the capital, will hold a mass rally in St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square tomorrow to celebrate 10 years of its Living Wage campaign...

Strickland revists campaign promises -Columbus Dispatch

A year after candidate Ted Strickland promised a faith-based coalition that he would work on their issues of jobs, health care and education, Gov. Ted Strickland returned last night to assess how he's done in his first 11 months in office.

More than 500 people jammed Trinity Baptist Church on St. Clair Avenue to hold Strickland accountable for campaign promises he made a year ago when he was a candidate for governor...

In Howard, Ulman advocates push for summer environment jobs -Baltimore Sun

Pollution of the Chesapeake Bay can't be eliminated in one summer, and there's no apparent way to find a job for every unemployed youth in Howard County, but a faith-based county group says it has a plan to make a dent in both problems. People Acting Together in Howard, or PATH, is combining efforts with County Executive Ken Ulman to create summer youth jobs by training and paying students to build dozens of small rain gardens to help reduce polluting stormwater runoff...

When a Bank is Too Big to Hide -Huffington Post

After months of trying, David confronts Goliath tomorrow in Frankfurt, Germany, at the annual shareholders meeting of the world's second largest bank. David is otherwise known as Common Ground, an upstart, feisty, two-year old community organizing endeavor spanning four counties in southeast Wisconsin, including Milwaukee. Goliath is Deutsche Bank (Assets: $3.23 trillion), founded in 1870, about the same time that thousands of German immigrants were streaming into Milwaukee and turning it into a prosperous beer-making and manufacturing center...

Immigrant yearns to leave the shadows -Washington Post

Sam is staying in the shadows. He used to be the guy you'd say good morning to at the bank and the dad who came to school with his daughter, greeting everyone along the way. After years of living in the bright light of hope, of building a life in the United States with a wife he met in Montgomery County and girls who were born and raised in a neighborhood between the Beltway and a shopping mall, the immigrant from Sierra Leone melted into the darkness, because his presence in this country suddenly became illegal...

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