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Since our founding in 1995, Jewish Community Action has engaged our members to use policy change to reform racial inequities in banking and lending and to leverage our community’s resources to amplify the voices of our partners from low wealth communities.

This work has taken many forms: We began with a focus on community reinvestment, investing our community’s dollars into community banks to encourage minority lending, and during the foreclosure crisis of the past decade, we pivoted, passing policies at the state and city levels to prevent foreclosures, and working with our allies to directly connect homeowners facing foreclosure with resources to assist them.

For the past several years, our work has focused on the way banking practices can contribute to a racially discriminatory economy. After passing Responsible Banking Ordinances in Minneapolis and most recently in St. Paul, we we are now beginning the process of outreach to take this work into the suburbs, and exploring the potential to engage our members around public banks.

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