Interview with JJ Selmon, Community Organizer: Payday Lender LoanMax Protests Against Protesters and Payday Loans in Kansas
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Interview with JJ Selmon, Lead Organizer of Sunflower Community Action. On June 10th, payday loan provider LoanMax paid 400-plus people $100 each to "sit in" and protest during a Sunflower seminar about the "Dangers of Payday Loans" and the payday loan industry. Mr. Selmon tells us what happened. Then, we discuss with Mr. Selmon a variety of payday loan issues affecting the Wichita community.
JJ Selmon, Lead Organizer, Sunflower Community Action Northeast Chapter. Mr. Selmon has
four years of organizing experience in Wichita, Kansas, with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Fort Hays State University.
About Sunflower Community Action: "Sunflower Community Action is a non-profit organization that fights for local community issues at a grassroots level. Sunflower develops the power in each individual to create social and econmic change in their lives and neighborhoods. Sunflower has 15 years of experience organizing African American, Hispanic, and Caucasian peoples that live in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Sunflower brings together community residents with decision makers who have the power to make change on the issues that affect our neighborhoods. For more information you can visit www.sunfloweract.org."
Related to this Podcast
Jake Lowen is the person mentioned in this podcast as riding the bus back to the LoanMax meeting point and determining positively that LoanMax paid its supporters. Jake has an audio/video piece about this event on his Web site, JakeLowen.com titled "The $50,000 Mistake".
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