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What is payday lending?

By | Kathryn Lee
Digital Campaigner

We are a leading member of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition that was instrumental in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) by Congress in 2010. The CFPB is currently working on a rule to reign in the payday lending industry. We, along with AFR, are working to make sure the rule is a strong one. 

The future of driving

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Subway’s New Sandwich is Helping Save Antibiotics

By | Anya Vanecek
Public Health Digital Campaigner

Subway just released its first sandwich made with meat raised without antibiotics. It was a delicious way to address one of the most pressing public health issues of our time.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the Flint pediatrician who led the charge in proving that Flint water was tainted by lead and was poisoning the community. Without her drive and dedication to the children of Flint, it is hard to say how long government officials might have left the public in the dark about the mounting crisis. In honor of Women’s History Month we’re recognizing Dr. Hanna-Attisha -- a doctor, mother, and activist -- who has relentlessly fought for the public interest. 

Owning Fewer Cars Isn’t Just For Millennials

By | Sean Doyle
Transportation Digital Organizer

New transportation options are making it easier for people to use transit more, own fewer cars, and even save money on transportation.

Who's next to help save antibiotics?

By Steve Blackledge
Public Health Program Director

Doctors, farmers, restaurant owners, and hundreds of thousands of people like you are all placing the same order: meat raised without routine antibiotics. Many fast food chains have stepped up to help stop the overuse of antibiotics. The question is, who will be next?

Senate stands with consumers on GMO labels

By | Bill Wenzel
Antibiotics Program Director

A bill to stop state GMO labeling laws was blocked decisively in the Senate today – failing by 11 votes. 

We oppose latest effort to weaken CFPB, other bank regulators

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director

Today, the House Financial Services Committee holds its latest cattle-call markup of a package of industry-backed bills designed to weaken consumer, taxpayer, depositor and investor protections. We've signed a letter opposing the so-called TAILOR (Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk) Act, which piles redundant requirements onto the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulators to do what they already do by existing law--treat small banks and credit unions differently than mega-banks. Also, the PIRG-backed Americans for Financial Reform sent up a letter opposing the TAILOR Act and 6 more of the 10 bills on the agenda because they are designed to weaken consumer, taxpayer, depositor and investor protections.

This spring’s hottest trend in election reform

By | Chris MacKenzie
Digital and Communications Director

It’s not just a fad. As winter comes to a close, states across the country are making waves with the biggest new idea in election reform.

Progress in the chicken industry

By | Bill Wenzel
Antibiotics Program Director

One thing is for sure: when it comes to chicken, the industry changing, and consumers can take a lot of credit.

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We're teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics.

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