We must ensure Arizonans keep their longstanding protections from predatory lenders.

By Bartlett Naylor

A payday loan store. Author: Aliman Senai

Arizona boasts a proud history of protecting citizens against predatory lenders. But now, as the state faces economic struggles from the pandemic, and people are needing loans to make ends meet, a recent Washington ruling threatens to eviscerate some of those protections. With the help of Arizona’s senators, Congress can end this threat.

What’s at issue are payday loans, Arizona’s law limiting the cost of these loans, and a scheme by the payday loan industry to circumvent that law.

Payday lenders offer high-cost loans in small…

The Facebook Oversight Board today upheld the decision to ban President Donald Trump from the tech giant’s platform following the Jan. 6 insurrection. Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, released the following statement in response.

“It was right to remove Donald Trump from Facebook’s platform. Facebook’s Oversight Board has determined that the decision was justified but that an indefinite suspension is overly discretionary. The Oversight Board has now charged Facebook with deciding if Trump should be allowed to return in the future. Trump should not be allowed to return.

“We believe that content moderation decisions are hard. But if Facebook…

By Lisa Gilbert

Our democracy needs immediate attention.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that it will deliver data to the states needed to begin redistricting by Sept. 30, following a series of delays related to the pandemic.

While states will be able to begin some elements of the redistricting process, they need this population and demographic data to help construct legislative boundaries for congressional and statehouse districts. …

Public Citizen is working hard to advocate for canceling student loan debt, which would begin the necessary task of closing the racial wealth gap and reviving our economy.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought to bear the full weight of the student loan crisis. The current economic downturn comes as the student debt total has steadily increased from year to year, reaching nearly $1.8 trillion today. Almost 45 million Americans hold student loan debt. Even worse, more than 8 million Americans have defaulted on these loans.

Canceling student loan debt would improve the lives of millions of Americans, especially Black and…

Reform the Filibuster To Save Democracy

By Lisa Gilbert

The For the People Act (H.R.1/S.1) is a sweeping package of voting rights, gerrymandering, election, ethics and campaign finance reforms that will clean up Washington, expand voting rights, and limit discriminatory voter suppression tactics. Poll after poll shows that the American people — Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike — want this ambitious reform package to become law, but the filibuster — an antiquated relic of the Jim Crow era — may stand in its way.

This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1. From there, it goes to the Senate where…

By Ilana Beller

For seven years, I ran youth programs where I worked with children and families who lived in underserved communities. During that time, I made friends who I call family, and I witnessed how broken our democracy is and how deeply it needs reform.

Families I worked with lacked access to clean water, and in some homes, the water ran black. Children would go without showers for weeks. Parents faced the impossible choice of buying water or feeding their families. But access to clean water is just the tip of the iceberg. …

Meeting the Threat, Securing our Elections

Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen

This week, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are taking essential steps to protect our democracy by voting on an election security bill, the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act(SAFE), in addition to legislation that would appropriate money to the states to secure our elections in 2020. The need for these bills to pass and be signed is crystal clear following Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which put us face to face with the scope of our election security challenge.

The special counsel reported back…

By Robert Weissman , Public Citizen President

The Trump administration may be dazed and confused about many things but not about its corporate agenda.

From Scaramucci to Spicer, from Kelly to Kushner, one thing doesn’t change at Donald Trump’s chaotic White House: its devotion to delivering for giant corporations at the public’s expense.

During the campaign, Trump directed nearly as much venom toward major U.S. corporations as toward his opponents. He savaged Wall Street, badgered companies for manufacturing products outside of the U.S. and threatened them with onerous penalties. …

By Naomi Ages and Rachel Curley

Heading into Exxon Mobil’s annual meeting on May 31 in Dallas, Texas, the corporate tide has turned toward acknowledging climate science. Major mutual fund giants like Vanguard and BlackRock recently made historic moves to support climate change-related shareholder proposals just weeks before the same proposal is considered at Exxon. …

by Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen

We’ve just plunged into a constitutional crisis.

President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is intolerable and an assault on our democracy.

Our democracy will wither if the president believes himself above the law and empowered to fire law enforcement officials for the “crime” of investigating the president’s wrongdoing. Democrat, Republican or Independent — every American should be alarmed at the Trump regime’s rush to authoritarianism.

There is no way for the FBI to credibly conduct an independent investigation into the Russia allegations. Here’s what we need:

First, we need both a…

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