Stop The Debt Trap

Predatory lending affects the economic well being of vulnerable members of our community. The payday loan system traps consumers in a vicious cycle of debt to the point where their personal and family finances reach crisis. This highly racialized system is marketed as accessible, often requiring consumers to provide a post­dated check for the amount borrowed plus a fee.These fees often result in consumers being charged an interest rate in the triple digits. We recognize that it is immoral to prey on the poor and economically marginalized in our communities and invite you to stand with us against predatory lending.

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Racial Equity and Inclusion

A growing share of Americans say that racism is a big problem in our society. Race is still a factor in the distribution of wealth in our country and plays a powerful and persistent role in determining who has the resources to live a full and healthy life. There are still systems, practices, and public policies that benefit white communities over people of color. We recognize that race should not be a barrier to the structural inclusion of every member of our communities and invite you to stand with us to promote racial equity and inclusion.

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Life Expectancy

The intersection of race, persistent poverty, violence, lack of access to jobs and transportation continue to be key drivers in determining how long people live and how well people live all across the region. Forty-seven percent (47%) of deaths in Kansas City, MO can be attributed to social factors of poverty, race, violence, income, and education. Within six geographies across KCMO, residents had a 13 to ­15 year difference in life expectancy. Lack of adequate health care as well as unemployment and access to early childhood education are significant factors which affect life expectancy. We recognize that all members of our community have a right to full life and invite you to stand with us to address the factors affecting life expectancy in our communities.

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Full Employment & The Federal Reserve

The employment­ to­ population ratio of prime­ age adults has recovered less than half of the decline from the pre–Great Recession labor market peak and has been flat for the last four months. Employment is 3 million people below what is needed to return to the labor market health that prevailed in December 2007. When there is such slack in the economy, workers with fewer formal educational credentials, minority workers, women and non–college ­educated workers are hardest hit. We recognize that all members of our community require access to stable employment equal to their skill and talent and invite you to stand with us to promote full employment.

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Early Childhood Education

Investment in children is an investment in the future of our region. This includes assuring a safe, nurturing and economically stable environment in which children and their families can thrive. Our public policies and public systems should advance the social, economic, and environmental well being of children and parents. Research has shown that investments in the early stages of life pay off significantly in later years, as evidenced by better health and economic outcomes and lower rates of incarceration and unemployment. We recognize that early childhood education is an important factor in ensuring the dignity and well being of the children in our community and invite you to stand with us to increase access to early childhood education in our communities.

Email info@cco.org to learn how to get involved!