Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Elizabeth Warren in Baltimore-Support the CFPB and follow their work

We had a great night at last Thursday’s Town Hall event featuring White House adviser Elizabeth Warren, as more than 400 Marylanders crowded in to Baltimore’s downtown public library to give a hero’s welcome to Professor Warren, MCRC Executive Director Elizabeth Warren and the other consumer advocates at the forum hosted by Rep. Elijah Cummings 
 The large and enthusiastic crowd spilled out even of the overflow room the library created for the event as it gave several standing ovations to the architect of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here’s a link to The Sun’s article on the “rock star treatment” the crowd gave Prof. Warren:
MCRC Executive Director Marceline White won strong applause for her remarks on MCRC’s work to protect Maryland consumers and on what the new CFPB can do to help consumers most. She told the crowd about our new documentary film “Stealing Trust” on victims of financial fraud in Maryland and gave copies of the film to Prof. Warren, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown as “a reminder as you fight for the Consumer Protection Bureau of who you are fighting for.” You can read Marceline’s remarks here:
Two of the consumers featured in our film, Kevin Matthews and Lee Tarver, were also on hand to lend the weight of their personal stories of abuse by financial predators to the case for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The forum also gave MCRC staff people a chance to meet dozens of consumers and hear their own concerns and complaints.
In her remarks last Thursday, Prof. Warren stressed that one of the best ways consumers can support her work and support the new CFPB is to go the agency’s website and contribute to its work. You can check out the CFPB’s web site here:
You can also learn more about the stories Kevin Matthews, Lee Tarver and the other consumers featured in our film “Stealing Trust” have to tell by attending one of our upcoming film screenings. The next presentation is just days away. It will happen:
  • Monday July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD.
Other July film screenings include:
  • Monday July 25 at Noon at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 503 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD.
  • Tuesday July 26 at 7 pm at the Montgomery County Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring MD.

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