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Testifying and advocating to prevent predatory lending

When our state legislature in Arizona was considering a bill which would have greatly expanded predatory lending in the state and could have cost the poor and vulnerable $350 million in usurious interest, our Voice of the Poor committee mobilized Vincentians and others to defeat this harmful bill. We were involved in every step of the bill’s legislative process, witnessing Legislative Committee actions, testifying, and visiting individual legislators. Our local Vincentian network participated in seven action alerts, ensuring that our voices of faith were heard through phone calls and emails throughout the process. We also collaborated and shared information with over fifty organizations, joining our voices to ensure that the dignity of those who are poor and vulnerable could be protected. We are now exploring how we might work together to provide alternatives to predatory lending in our state.