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Exploding Toasters and How to Change the System

April 8, 2010

On Tuesday, we hosted a successful webinar with Professor Elizabeth Warren and AFR Director Heather Booth.  Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for this exciting online event!  We had a great conversation and had tons of thoughtful questions asked by the audience.  We’d like to continue that discussion online.  If you have remaining questions, feel free to post them in the comments section of this post or in the discussion section of our Facebook page.

If you missed it or would like to share the webinar with your friends, you can click here for a recording.

As Professor Warren and Heather Booth emphasized, we can’t win this fight without everyone’s help.  The big banks will always be able to outspend consumers, so it’s up to us to make sure our voices are heard as the Senate considers financial reform legislation.  Use your words to make a difference by taking action today:

  1. Write to your Senators and ask them to strengthen the financial reform bill in the Senate.
  2. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about the need for financial reform.  (Use this letter for talking points.)  Click here for contact information for media in your area.
  3. Sign our petition on

(Don’t forget that you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter!)

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  1. Kim Forbes-Gayton permalink
    April 8, 2010 10:24 pm

    I missed this webinar, but I am listening to it now! I’ve signed Obama’s petition on same, but I need to be kept more informed – which you are graciously doing- and to be able to do more! I thank you for the webinar and your alerts! Keep up the good work! I am also so grateful for Ms. Warren for her extensive work throughout Maxed Out, Frontline, Capitalism: A Love Story and yes, the Daily Show, with John Stewart. Got to keep in the loop on this!

  2. Sandra Rechisky permalink
    April 18, 2010 2:09 pm

    I too signed President Obama’s petition to pass financial reform but I’m not sure if he is proposing that the CFPA be governed by an independent agency rather than the Federal Reserve? Even though Ms. Warren states that it is how the agency rules rather than who they are I feel very strongly that the Fed should not continue to rule this agency and I have heard several financial experts laugh at this prospect, making those who support retaining the Fed seem very ignorant.

    Dylan Ratigan from MSNBC, has criticiezed the president for “taking more money from the financial institutions than any other member of Congress”. That disturbes me and is why the president must remove the power from the Fed who is “influenced” by financial institutions. It seems only a handful of Congress fully comprehends financial reform.

    Also, I didn’t hear Ms. Warren mention restoring the Glass-Steagall Act, which I believe I have heard her strongly advise for a strong CFPA.

    I am eager to attend the upcoming rallies.

    Thank you,

    Sandra Rechisky


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