Thursday, June 23, 2011

Town Hall Meeting, Film Screenings Offer Chance to Fight Back against Financial Predators


Town Hall Event with Elizabeth Warren just one week away
Please join us on Thursday June 30 at 6:30 pm at the Enoch Pratt Central Library in downtown Baltimore for a special Town Hall Meeting. Hosted by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the forum will feature White House Adviser and leading consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren speaking about “Fighting for America’s Working and Middle Class Families.” Here’s a link to a flyer about the event:
Professor Warren is the architect of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a powerful voice for honest and transparent financial practices. She will explain how the new bureau will help consumers get the kind of clear and accurate information about mortgages, credit cards and other financial products that will protect us against predatory financial practices and why the enemies of financial reform are so determined to cripple the agency before it even starts its work. 
We’re proud and excited that MCRC Executive Director Marceline White will be one of just a handful of speakers to share the program with Professor Warren. 
Marceline will talk about the role the new CFPB can play in protecting Maryland consumers  and about our work to prevent abusive mortgage lenders, debt settlement companies,  contractors and other financial predators from ripping off Marylanders. 
MCRC  Film Screenings:
 “Stealing Trust: Marylanders Speak Out on Frauds, Scams and Financial Abuses”
For a powerful look at the devastating impact illegal foreclosures and other predatory financial practices have had on families and vulnerable consumers across Maryland, please also join us for one of the upcoming screenings of our new documentary film, “Stealing Trust.”
The film tells the poignant stories of Maryland families that have lost their homes, their life savings and even their capacity to trust others to mortgage lenders, debt settlement companies, and unscrupulous home contractors and explains how some consumers have successfully fought back.
Our next screenings will be:
  • Tuesday June 28 at 7 p.m. at Red Emma’s Bookstore, 800 St. Paul St., Baltimore MD. 
  • Monday July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD.
“Stealing Trust” has been praised by film critic Michael Sragow on The Baltimore Sun’s film blog and featured in the City Paper’s Weekly Calendar.  WEAA-FM’s Marc Steiner Show featured the the film in its June 13 broadcast and Marc Steiner repeatedly urged listeners to check out our fine film. You can hear Marceline White and several of the consumers in the film discuss the project and their experiences with financial predators by clicking on the podcast of the show:
We will be scheduling additional film screenings around the state throughout the summer and fall. 
Please watch this space and our twitter and facebook posts for word about a screening near you.

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