National People's Action
National People's Action (NPA) is a Network of community power organizations from across the country that work to advance a national economic and racial justice agenda.
NPA has over 200 organizers working to unite everyday people in cities, towns, and rural communities throughout the United States. For 38 years NPA has been a leader in the fight to hold banks accountable to the communities in which they serve and profit.
In the 1970s, National People’s Action spearheaded the fight to pass the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and the Community Reinvestment Act, widely considered to be among the most transformative public policy to grow out of community organizing.
More recently, NPA led demonstrations to challenge Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to exhibit the same resolve toward helping families facing foreclosures that he displayed in helping bail out large financial firms. This work resulted in field meetings in nine cities where people from across the country were able to go toe to toe with Fed policy officials around the issues facing their communities. NPA just completed its third negotiating meeting with Chairman Bernanke in March, with a focus on increased transparency in lending and improved community reinvestment policies.
NPA was also the lead organizer of the Showdown in Chicago, a series of mass actions in October of 2009, targeting the annual convention of the American Bankers Association.