People Power and Democratic Banking? Look No Further Than Your Local Credit Union

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A financial institution you can run? Better than that, a financial institution you and your neighbors can own and manage in your neighborhood? Credit unions are exactly that and they’re getting a fresh look since the so-called Great Recession, which they weathered a whole lot better than many private banks. What’s a credit union? How is it different from a private bank and what laws hold credit unions back? To talk about that and more we’re happy to welcome Linda Levy, CEO of the Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union. It has been serving people and businesses on the Lower East Side and Central Harlem in New York since 1986.
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