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The Ordinance, or the Little Town that Could

Thanks to all who attended the film screening of “The Ordinance” on Wednesday evening.  “The Ordinance” is a documentary about the efforts of faith leaders and service providers in small town Temple, Texas to rein in the worst abuses of payday lending in their community.


After the film screening, Traci Bruckner of the Women’s Fund of Omaha led the audience in a panel discussion featuring James Goddard of Nebraska Appleseed, Nick Bourke from Pew Charitable Trust, John Kotouc of American National Bank and Pastor Tony Sanders, Koinonia House of Worship and Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance.

The film and panel discussion made clear that payday loans can be devastating to families in crisis who become trapped in cycles of debt and highlight the power communities have when nonprofits, churches, and local leaders stand together to fight special interests and affect change.

Please contact me at kreece@voicesforchildren.com if you’d like to join us in payday lending reform efforts here in Nebraska and stay tuned for additional opportunities to take action on this issue.

Thank you to taking the time to share!


  1. REPLY
    Rita ConnellRita R says

    Both The Color of Debt and The Ordinance were programs that taught me a lot. Thanks for having everything ready to write to state senators at Aksarben. I appreciate the work you do documenting all the various aspects of life for kids in our state and making educational opportunities available for the community.
    Rita Connell, RSM

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      Amy Lillethorup says

      Hi Rita,

      We’re glad you enjoyed the two events. If you aren’t already on our email list, you can stay up-to-date on upcoming events by signing up at: http://voicesmain.wpenginepowered.com/advokid/.

      Take care!

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    A'Jamal Byndon says

    This was a powerful event. I am still surprised how Texas could address this issue before we could address it in Nebraska. One of the take-away for me is to continue to push nonprofits organizations that serve low income families to include them at the table.

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