Almost half of us are here because we got on a plane and overstayed our visa, so what does that have to do with Mexico, a wall or shutting down our government for 35 days? The United States of America owes Mexico an apology for how much we have racialized this issue.
- Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, author and immigrant dignity activist
NCRC is obviously a trusted partner of HUD. In our efforts to secure greater economic freedom for low- and moderate-income households and minorities, we relied upon you and your expertise for comprehensive services for almost 11 years. And by working together, you've opened the door to success for tens of thousands of families. I want to thank all of you for that effort.
- Brian Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary, HUD
It is time to create new milestones. The civil rights movement is not done, it’s just barely begun. In a time when the racial wealth gap is worse. In a time when people can’t afford the rent. In a time when we desperately need a Just Economy. We need a civil rights movement of the 21st century to finish the job.
- Jesse Van Tol, CEO, NCRC
I’m for reparations, if what reparations mean is that we can repair each other and ourselves. We can live out the promise of this great nation.
- Jesse Van Tol, CEO, NCRC
She [Stella Adams] has worked tirelessly to make sure that hard working citizens and communities of color have equal access to housing without having to sacrifice their financial independence in return. For years, Stella has educated the private sector and has raised awareness about the needs of our communities as they relate to fair housing and the access to capital. Her efforts culminated in the North Carolina’s General Assembly’s passage of one of the strongest….anti-predatory lending bills in the country, as well as other housing reforms at the state and federal level.
- Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D - N.C.)
Equity and equality are not evenly distributed. Everyday we fight against injustice, inequality, racism, sexism, all the isms, and we lose sight of what we are fighting for. We are so busy fighting to preserve and protect past gains, and let’s be clear, all our gains are at risk, that we fail to plan for this future where we live out the American dream. That is what we are striving for. I need you to fight for your future. Fight for equity.
- Stella Adams, NCRC's Senator William Proxmire lifetime achievement awardee
In recent months, we've seen a very high level of engagement from banks and community organizations....The one message that comes through most clearly is that the CRA is highly valued by bankers and community groups, alike. A second message is that the CRA could be even more effective in mobilizing community and economic development.
- Lael Brainard, Federal Reserve Governor
I think we have some very powerful people to be a part of this conversation and what I most appreciate about them is that they have very holistic analysis of what needs to change. Not so much as to focus on one or two practices, but a recognition of the structures of banking and how those need to be refocused in order to better deal with the issues of inequality that we all care so much about.
- Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Equity and Inclusion, NCRC
In order for capitalism to survive, you need competition. It is impossible to compete with Google, Facebook, Amazon - there is like four or five of them that have no competition. This is not capitalism. This is monopoly power. And it is the same with the banks. Look at the five banks that own 80 percent of the assets. Those are monopolies.
- Mehrsa Baradaran, Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives, University of Georgia
We were well informed by Martin Luther King in one of the last speeches he made exhorting us to take control of our economic power so that the legal and political rights so hard fought and won would have meaning. And it turns out, that's where we are stuck. We are stuck on a shortage of economic power.
- Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Beneficial State Bank.
We are on a journey to restore consumer protection, fair housing and the American dream for millions of Americans...In my subcommittee, we are going to take on the insidious and racist practice of redlining. It did not happen by accident.
- Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
Your involvement in Washington is key. It is good to see you on the Hill. And it is good to hear you on the Hill....I'm always glad to engage with you and your members. You understand the need to engage with a diverse set of stakeholders....your work and partnerships have led to more than $84 billion in leading to low- and moderate-income communities.
- Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO)