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** MEDIA ADVISORY** Waters Convenes Interfaith Leaders to Address Predatory Lending in American Communities

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Washington, DC, July 14, 2015 | comments

This Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 2:30 p.m., Congresswoman Maxine Waters(D-CA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, will convene leaders from Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities to highlight the moral and religious objections that faith leaders have raised in response to predatory payday and small-dollar lending practices in communities across America.

The roundtable will address the impact of these harmful products on the communities that these faith leaders serve, and detail faith-based advocacy efforts designed to raise awareness about the risks these products pose. The event will also examine appropriate public policy approaches for reining in predatory lending practices, including the need for strong payday lending rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to better protect consumers.

The event is open to media and will be live-streamed. A link to the livestream will be distributed in the coming days.


  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member, Committee on Financial Services


  • Dr. Frederick Douglass Haynes, III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas


  • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Senior Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Reverend Shane Scott, Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Los Angeles, California
  • Rachel Anderson, Director, Faith and Credit Roundtable, Center for Responsible Lending
  • Reverend Sekinah Hamlin, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative
  • Alex Mikulich, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Jesuit Social Research Institute
  • Reverend Dr. Willie Gable Jr., National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. and Faith and Credit Roundtable
  • Eftokhar Alam, Islamic Society of North America


Interfaith Payday Lending Roundtable


Thursday, July 16, 2015, 2:30 p.m.


Capitol Visitors Center
HVC 200
First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20515
Note: event will also be livestreamed


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