Ecumenical Group Advocates for Social Justice

December 14, 2011
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Members of the Metropolitan Congregations United in Missouri are willing to take a proactive stance to correct social injustices to help the poor. "A lot of people are frustrated that our financial institutions and our Congress are not stepping up to address some very serious problems," said Rev. David Gerth. "So people are ready to go to the streets to do the work that needs to help people with fairness and justice issues." On Dec. 6, 600-plus individuals gathered at a church in St. Louis to collect enough signatures for a payday loan measure, which would cap interest rates on short-term loans at 36 percent. Additionally, the group is working to help families trapped in home foreclosures, to protect the state's minimum wage, to help defeat a "mega" sales tax proposal, and to reduce sky-high interest rates on payday and other predatory loans.
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