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The Cost of Being Poor

cost-of-being-poorThanks to all who attended the event on Friday,”The Cost of Being Poor:  How Small Debt Lawsuits are Hurting Nebraska Families.” At the event, speaker Paul Kiel from Propublica shared the findings from him research for the article “For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get Sued” and local panelists State Senator Adam Morfeld, Willie Hamilton of Black Men United and Kate Owen from Legal Aid of Nebraska shared local perspectives on this issue. The event made clear that Nebraska stands out nationally in the extent that small debt lawsuits are used to drain resources from families and communities and that these practices have a disproportionate impact on communities of color.  Power point presentations from the event are below:

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Stay tuned for details about a film screening coming up on December 7th that will look at another practice that creates additional challenges for working families:  payday lending.

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