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August 6, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Center for Responsible Lending President Mike Calhoun released the following statement on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: We are saddened by the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The working people of America have lost a fierce human rights and labor activist. Unafraid to speak truth to power, Trumka challenged classism, pushed for economic programs and voting rights bills, challenged corporate America, and demanded change. From his early days as the youngest president of the United Mine Workers of America to his days as president of the...
July 16, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) formally introduced three bills to help more people afford to have a roof over their head without sacrificing food, medicine, or other life necessities. The legislative package – the Downpayment Toward Equity Act of 2021, Ending Homelessness Act of 2021, and Housing Is Infrastructure Act of 2021 – has received the endorsement of the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). “Chairwoman Waters is a long-time champion of fair and affordable housing. Her proposed legislative package addresses our...
May 25, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as the country reflects on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, the U.S. Senate is voting to confirm Kristen Clarke as head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Ms. Clarke, who is president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will be the first woman, first woman of color, and first Black woman to receive Senate confirmation for the position. “Kristen Clarke is the right person at the right time to serve as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights,” said Center for Responsible Lending Federal Advocacy Director...
April 21, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Gupta is the first woman of color to hold the position. Center for Responsible Lending President Michael Calhoun issued the following statement: Vanita Gupta is an accomplished advocate and litigator who has led the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Barack Obama. Her history of public service and proven track record of fighting for civil rights and economic fairness is second to none. Ms. Gupta has...
April 20, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd, finding him guilty on all three counts. Center for Responsible Lending President Michael Calhoun issued the following statement: We all watched in horror last year as Derek Chauvin denied George Floyd the breath of life with a knee to his neck. While our fear that this obvious and extreme act of brutality might go unpunished has lifted, our hearts still hold the sorrow of precious lives needlessly lost. This brutal killing is part of the long legacy of racism and the...
April 20, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Former Vice President Walter Mondale, an outspoken supporter of civil rights and co-author of the landmark Fair Housing Act of 1968, which sought to end racial discrimination in housing and create inclusive communities, died yesterday at the age of 93. Center for Responsible Lending Executive Vice President Nikitra Bailey issued the following statement: Vice President Walter Mondale was a giant of civil rights while in the U.S. Senate and during some of the most significant, contentious moments in our nation’s history. The introduction of the Fair Housing Act — and...
April 15, 2021
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this week heard testimony from Kristen Clarke, President Biden’s nomination for Justice Department Civil Rights Chief. Ms. Clarke, who appeared Wednesday during a 2 1/2-hour nomination hearing, is president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She would be the first Black woman to hold the position since the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was established in 1957. Center for Responsible Lending Executive Vice President Nikitra Bailey issued the following statement: Kristen Clarke’s upcoming confirmation...
April 12, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Yesterday, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man was killed during a traffic violation stop in a suburb of Minneapolis. Center for Responsible Lending President Michael Calhoun made the following statement: We offer the family of Daunte Wright, who was a beloved father and son, our sympathy, as we support the Black community and their allies who are expressing their pain and rage just miles from where a former police officer is being tried for the murder of George Floyd. Black Americans are living in fear for themselves and their families because police are not being...
March 17, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eight people were killed Tuesday night in three shootings that occurred in the metro-Atlanta area. Six of the victims were Asian women. While officials have yet to determine the motive of the attacks, these shootings occurred at a time when, as documented by recently released reports, violent attacks and harassment against people of Asian descent has surged nationwide. Nikitra Bailey, executive vice president at the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), issued the following statement: We strongly condemn last night’s shootings in Georgia. Our hearts go out to the families...
March 12, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law on Thursday. In response, Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) President Mike Calhoun made the following statement: We applaud President Biden for passing this historic legislation that will be paramount to benefitting millions of Americans, including Black, Latino, and low-income families, as well as Black women – groups that typically had far less of a financial backstop to begin with due to pervasive institutional racism in our country. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) addresses many...

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