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The Problem of Remittances and Financial Literacy for Immigrants

ACORN International GSU Team: (left to right) Jennifer Phillips, Fred Brooks, Charlene Davison, Alice Lee, Brittany Burgess, Tim Zdencanovic

Atlanta   I got lucky and five students, now calling themselves the ACORN International Team at Georgia State University, picked as their major project at the GSU School of Social Work helping us develop information and support [...]

Convicting Corporate Criminals: British Petroleum and Walmart

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at Press Conference on BP Criminal Charges

New Orleans    US-Attorney General Eric Holder was in New Orleans yesterday to announce a $4.5 billion settlement with British Petroleum on criminal charges.  It isn’t easy in this country to convict corporations of criminality, all evidence to the contrary, so having them plead [...]

Saving Money, Lives, and Mexico by Raising the White Flag in the Drug War

March in Mexico of individuals who had family members who were murdered or disappeared in the drug war

New Orleans    Sitting in the jury pool in Orleans Parish Criminal Court and watching each case tainted by a touch with drugs and the huge waste of police and court resources and being force to think for hours [...]

A Break in the Remittance Campaign Comes from the Somalian Hawala Crisis!

Hawala in Minneapolis, St. Paul

New Orleans   ACORN International’s Remittance Justice Campaign has begun to pick up steam.  A private member’s bill to cap rates has now been introduced in Queen’s Park for the Ontario provincial government.  Similar efforts are being pushed in British Columbia and later this year legislators have committed to introducing [...]

Ontario Bill a Big Step Forward for Remittance Justice Campaign

ACORN members Amadeo Flores, left, regularly sends money to his elderly parents in Spain, while Rohan Jagroo has been wiring money to friends and family in Trinidad for 17 years.

New Orleans     After a year of stirring the pot in one country after another about the crime of predatory price gouging of migrant and immigrant [...]

Who Wants to Bet that Walmart’s Bribery Policy Was Not in Play in India and China?

New Orleans  It still doesn’t mean that Walmart won’t walk away scot-free from its $24 million Mexican bribery scandal (and who knows how much more might have been spent in other countries like India?), but at least some directors may lose their soft perches and have their hands pried loose from the rubberstamps they have [...]