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By Joel Valencia                 
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Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011  
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On June 30, 2011 East Palo Alto will host the movie premiere of “U-PAY-US: The Payday Lending Show.” This film highlights the dangers that predatory payday loans pose for people earning low incomes. The event, which will take place at the East Palo Alto City Hall, in the Community Room, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., will begin with remarks by sponsor Supervisor Rose Jacobs-Gibson and Mayor Carlos Romero.

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and Nuestra Casa invite all members of the East Palo Alto and Belle Haven region of Menlo Park to join the film’s actors and director in attending the premiere. The film's premiere is the first of at least six events featuring the film, and it will offer those who attend the opportunity to have the film put on their affiliated organizations’ websites, free of charge.

The film is part of an educational campaign run jointly by Nuestra Casa and Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto -- with help from participating organizations: Peninsula Family Service, California Reinvestment Coalition, Insight, and Peninsula Interfaith Action. It was produced by Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and Nuestra Casa, and written and directed by John Slattery of Zween Works. The film features professional actors, and was made possible by generous funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and Nuestra Casa, along with other
participating organizations, are creating a broader initiative tentatively named “Bank on East Palo Alto,” which will develop many other opportunities for members of the community. Their goal is to use this video to raise people’s awareness of the dangers of payday loans. An informational pamphlet, which describes the dangers of payday loans and includes an extensive list of alternatives and local resources, will also be available after June 30.

Information about the movie premiere and the location of the electronic version of the pamphlet will be posted on the “Bank on East Palo Alto” campaign’s facebook page. Any questions can be emailed to apl@clsepa.org or answered by phone Monday- Thursday, 9:00 am - 7:00 p.m, at 650-326-6440, extension 306.

Joel Valencia is the project coordinator of the anti-predatory lending and foreclosure project at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. To contact him through East Palo Alto Today about this article, email him at epatoday@epatoday.org.  You can contact him directly at apl@clsepa.org. His phone number is at the end of the above article.

Additional resources:

See Joel Valencia and Tanya Foster discuss the movie premiere and payday lending on the Talking with Henrietta television show: To Borrow or Not to Borrow. Get more information about the show at www.epatoday.org/tv.html.


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