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Statement on current tax proposals

Beneficial State statement on current tax proposals

We believe in a fair shake for everyone, and envision not only a banking industry fair to the person with the least bargaining power, but a society and economy that are too.  Notwithstanding our dire need for a tax plan that produces increased equity and local living economies, this ill-conceived tax bill in the main will leave America’s wealthiest as the winners, at the expense of low-income communities. To call out just a few negative consequences, the current tax plan would strip funding from programs proven to benefit the communities we serve as they face crippling and persistent affordable housing shortages. To achieve broader economic prosperity, we must invest directly into low- and middle-income families and individuals and advance equity for our most economically marginalized communities.  As a result, we emphatically oppose this tax plan.

Why you should care about Dodd-Frank

Why you should care about Dodd-Frank

By Fiona Ruddy | LinkedIn

Fiona participated in Beneficial State Foundation’s 2017 Summer Fellowship as the Movement Building, Policy & Strategic Communications Fellow.

Last week I was on a walk discussing my fellowship at Beneficial State Foundation with a friend who is starting a PhD program. I began rattling off findings from my research on financial injustice, offering my opinion on how to support divestment movements, and extoling my love for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Amid this extremely nerdy conversation, I was shocked to find out my pal (who is deeply interested in equity and justice) had no idea what Dodd-Frank was.

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Our statement on values

Our Statement on Values

We at Beneficial State commit to work each day toward our vision for an equitable and tolerant world – one that is fully inclusive, racially and gender just, and environmentally restorative. Our commitment to justice, one of the core values that guides our organization, remains strong as we build a fair, inclusive, and prosperous economy for all.

We oppose a ban on immigration and refugees because it threatens these values. This country was founded by immigrants and continues to innovate and thrive because of immigrants and refugees – they are a strength to our nation. We do not, and will not, accept discrimination in any form.

After the November election we wrote to you, our stakeholders, about our commitment to human dignity, affirming that we will work diligently to empower our customers, to finance a just economy and healthy planet, to change the banking system for good, and to make this country truly great for all. We stand by that commitment and thank you for joining in this work with us.

Symone Jackson

Social Media and Digital Engagement Manager

Symone Jackson, a Bay Area native, graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in political science. Prior to joining Beneficial State Foundation as the Social Media & Digital Engagement Manager, she was selected to participate in a journalism fellowship for Fusion Media Network, where she reported on community safety, police-community relations, and immigration.

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Kate Rood

Community Engagement Officer, Portland

Before joining Beneficial State Foundation, Kate advised Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs on social innovation events and community programs. Her background is in executive education, designing digital leadership development content and bringing business leaders together for collaboration and community.

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