Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. After the turkey has been eaten, your family has come together, and the deals of Black Friday are over, kick off the season of giving by making a donation to the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition!
This year, there are two ways to give. You can make a one-time donation or, better yet, become a sustaining member. When you make a small, reoccuring donation, we know we can rely on your generosity to better budget and plan for 2017.
Click below to make your gift today!
We Want YOU to Join Us – Now more than EVER
The elections changed everything. There was a clear call from conservatives and progressives for change. And now, the election has changed the balance of power in the Executive Branch, Congress and likely the Supreme Court. At the Federal level, there are already reports that Congress and the president will try to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB’s proposed rule on predatory payday loans may fall by the wayside as well as a proposed rule to rein in arbitration clauses.
However, at the state level, there is hope. What does this mean? It means that any gains for economic justice, for consumer protections will have to take place in Maryland. It means we need everyone reading this-as well as all of your friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and fellow congregants – to join with us.
We are asking you to dedicate some of your time and talent to support this work. More than anything Maryland consumers need your voice and your willingness to take action. There are many ways to support the fight for economic justice. Our supporters have a direct line to these advocacy opportunities. Fill out this survey to let us know some of the ways you’re able to contribute – and if you, that is great too!
To protect and build on economic justice in Maryland, we all have work to do. In 2016, MCRC passed legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support to make auto insurance more affordable, regulate and protect students who attend for-profit colleges, increase the Renter’s Tax Credit, and promote the Homeowner’s Tax Credit. We also connected more than 600 older adults with a range of resources. More than 200 older adults took advantage of the Homeowners Tax Credit through our efforts, with an average savings of $1000 a piece, for a total savings of $200,000.
In 2017, MCRC will work to build broader, stronger, more inclusive coalitions throughout Maryland. We focus on economic justice issues that benefit urban and rural consumers. We will be a voice for those left out of policy conversations and work to make the table bigger so these emerging leaders can represent themselves. We will continue our cutting-edge research to point out the disparate impact of for-profit schools, auto insurance, housing policies on communities of color. We will train communities how to advocate for themselves at the federal and state level. We will work to ensure Maryland banks are providing real community support to communities in need. We will fight to preserve consumer protection at the national level and work to build on and advance consumer protections at the state level.
We will be a bold and clear voice for Economic Justice for All. Join Us.