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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Fines Predatory Student Lending Practices; Churches and Synagogues Pray for Students Trapped in Debt‎
Synagogues and churches held prayer services for students as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined Discover Bank $18.5 million for illegal student lending practices. The bank must repay students $16 million, pay a $2.5 million civil penalty and reform its lending practices. The Bureau accused Discover of overstating the minimum amount due in billing statements, misrepresenting students' total interest payments and engaging in illegal debt collection practices. The penalty is the first of its kind by the Bureau against a student loan company.

"This fine sends a strong message to companies that take advantage of students," said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious anti-poverty coalition Jubilee USA Network, which advocates for responsible student lending policies. "Predatory lending traps students in debt."

This past weekend, 64 faith communities from 26 states prayed and acted for fair student lending policies as part of Jubilee USA's national interfaith "Jubilee for Students" prayer event. In 2012 and 2013, the event pushed congressional legislation to stop federal student loan interest rate increases.
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28 Jul 2015 | Filed under: News / Education
Boston Anarchist Bookfair to be Held at New Location, Date This Year
The 2014 Boston Anarchist Bookfair will be held this year at Boston University's George Sherman Student Union, 775 Comm. Ave., on November 23 - 24.

The application deadline for tables and workshops has been extended to October 10. Click on the links below to apply.

Workshops

Tables
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01 Oct 2014 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Radical Culture
Radical Labor Unions Picket Harvard Commencement
commencement2.jpgReposted from the Boston IWW blog.

Yesterday IWW’s who are members of HUCTW (the Harvard Union of Clerical & Technical Workers) helped organize an action at the world’s richest University’s Commencement Exercises. The Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM) helped us build for the event, and mobilized their members to turn out. SLAM has been fiercely defending campus workers for many years.
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30 May 2014 | Filed under: News / Education : Labor : Race
Victory for Student Speech Rights: Northeastern SJP To Be Reinstated
Northeastern University Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has announced that the University is backing off of its decision to suspend the student organization until January 2015. “This is a victory for freedom of expression on campus,” said SJP leader Tori Porell who thanked SJP supporters. “Weeks of protests, picket lines, petitions, phone calls, and emails appear to have paid off and SJP will be operational next semester,” Porell said. “This is also a victory for the national student movement for justice in Palestine.”
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24 Apr 2014 | Filed under: News / Education : Human Rights : International : Palestine : Race
Suffolk University: Partner in Armenian Genocide Denial?
Suffolk University must reverse its decision to honor Abraham Foxman with an honorary law degree at its 2014 commencement. Rewarding those who deny the Armenian genocide is morally indefensible.
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17 Apr 2014 | Filed under: Commentary / Education
Boston Anarchist Bookfair Schedule
Below is the tentative schedule for the Boston Anarchist Bookfair!
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04 Nov 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Organizing : Radical Culture
95 Days Out The 2013 Boston Anarchist Bookfair is Coming!
November 10-11, 2013 (show on the 9th)

Are you as excited as we are? We'll be at Simmons College again, sponsored
by their wonderful Progressive Librarians Guild.
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06 Aug 2013 | Filed under: Announcement / Education : Organizing : Politics
Harvard Union Protests Racist Layoffs at Commencement
IMG_0045.JPGMembers of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers marched at Harvard commencement to protest the racist layoffs of three of their members.
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31 May 2013 | Filed under: News / Education : Labor : Race
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