NTIC news: Disclosure 197

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From:           	"Emily Severson" <Emily at ntic-us.org>

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Sunflower Community Action Brings $13.6 Billion Bank to the
Negotiating Table

When Sunflower Community Action started the fight against
Commercial Federal in Sedgwick County, Kans.                it
was difficult to imagine that it would eventually bring the $13.6
billion business to the negotiating table.  

National Predatory Lending Campaign Celebrates Victory 

Groups continue to rally neighborhood troops as discussions with
Fairbanks continue. After Fairbanks reneged on commitments made
to NPA, their parent company, PMI Group, reported third quarter
losses. These losses were linked directly to Fairbanks and caused
by the uproar of community organizations like NPA's East Side
Organizing Project and investigations by the Federal Trade
Commission and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

WIN Action Organizing Project Members Don't Take No for an Answer

The Working In Neighborhoods Action Organizing Project's members
are taking their neighborhoods back in the city of North College
Hill, and their list of victories on blight and crime issues
keeps growing. 


SUN Wins Passage of Business License for Corner Stores and Bars

As a result of a two-year fight led by Syracuse United Neighbors
(SUN), the Syracuse Common Council unanimously passed legislation
in September to stop corner stores and bars in the neighborhood
from playing a leading role in the crime ravaging the south and
near west sides of the city. 


CIOP Direct Action Spurs Mega-Farmer to Move Dangerous,
Unattended Anhydrous Tanks

The Central Illinois Organiz ing Project (CIOP) and member group
Farmers Serving Independent Agriculture (FSIA) joined forces in
action against TDS Farms, an affiliate of a mega-farm operation
run by Dean Dowson, who left two anhydrous ammonia tanks
unattended near a FSIA family-owned farm in Logan County. 


ONE Uses BJA Grants to Clean Up Blocks in Indianapolis 

As a recipient of the Bureau of Justice Assistance grants,
Organization for a New Eastside (ONE) has helped residents
reclaim dozens of eastside streets from open air drug dealers,
and shut down more than 100 known drug houses.

GRO Celebrates Three Years of Fighting Injustice -And Winning!

At a High School Gymnasium in Columbia, Missouri, the energy was
electric! No, it wasn't a big utilities meeting, the buzz came
from an alternative source of energy-PEOPLE POWER!


HSYD Demands Changes to School District's Zero Tolerance Policy 

Approximately 65 youth from Hope Street Youth Development (HSYD)
along with leaders from the Wichita NAACP crashed the Wichita
School Board meeting on Jan. 12 and demanded changes to the
school districts destructive zero-tolerance policy.

BPNC Partners with the Mexican Consulate of Chicago and Local
Bank to Issue Matricula Identification Cards

Residents of Brighton Park, a Chicago southwest side community
with an ever-growing immigrant population, began to line up at a
local TCF Bank as early as 5 a.m. on a Friday morning in November
in order to secure their chances of obtaining one of the 400
Matricula Identification cards to be issued that day.


Students Hold Interfaith Service at U.S. Congressman's Office
Members of the Illinois Interfaith Coalition for the Student
Adjustment Act, a growing presence of people of faith, comprised
of pastors, faith-based institutions, and community organizations
such as the Brighton Park and Albany Park Neighborhood Councils,
traveled to Addison, Ill. in search of justice in November. 


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