Dallas Morning News: Payday lenders become a grass-roots target

July 19, 2014

Last week, AARP was meeting with seniors at a church in Austin. A few weeks earlier, the Texas Catholic Conference was doing similar work in Corpus Christi. And on Monday, Dallas City Council member Jerry Allen goes to Amarillo.

The three, along with other consumer advocates and faith-based groups, have been barnstorming Texas to rally against payday lending.

They’re advising people on how to escape the high-price loans. They’re collecting video testimonies — “the faces of payday lending” — to show Austin lawmakers who deny the problem and refuse to rein in the industry. And they’re educating and prodding local leaders to act unilaterally for their residents.

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