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With Veterans Education Success: Calling to stand up to predatory lenders

Veterans Education Success mobilized voters to help protect military personnel from predatory payday lenders that charge service members interest rates of as high as 300 percent. And Congress put a stop to that. But now, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is telling bank examiners to stop checking on the payday lenders. This spring, 2,308 voters called on their senators to urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to examine payday lenders for violations of the Military Lending Act.

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With Rock Creek Conservancy: Calling to restore Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park, one of America’s oldest national parks, offers a natural oasis to residents and visitors in and around Washington, D.C., thanks in part to the efforts of Rock Creek Conservancy to restore and protect it. In spring 2019, our program supported the conservancy's efforts to recruit volunteers, identifying 370 people interested in service events across 33 miles of Rock Creek, stretching from Laytonsville, Md., through the heart of Washington, D.C.

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With CCAN Action Fund: Calling on Virginia to act on climate

State and regional action is critical to addressing the climate crisis. CCAN Action Fund has been urging Virginia to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based program to cut carbon pollution from power plants in nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. After state legislators added anti-RGGI amendments to the state budget, in April 2019 CCAN Action Fund activated 1,599 supporters to call on Gov. Ralph Northam to veto these amendments. Despite the calls, Gov. Northam let the amendments stand.

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With GreenFaith and NJ Work Environment Council: Calling to electrify transportation

To reduce global warming and other forms of air pollution, GreenFaith and NJ Work Environment Council support the expanded use of electric vehicles. GreenFaith activated 1,685 New Jersey voters to call on state Assembly members to support legislation to electrify NJ Transit buses and install more charging stations for electric vehicles. The calls generated increased legislator support, but the groups decided to suspend the calling until November once it became clear the Assembly speaker wouldn’t bring the bill up for a vote until after the November elections.

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With Take Back Action Fund: Calling to get money out of politics

Support for getting special interest money out of our political system crosses partisan lines. Our program gave Take Back Action Fund a grant to reach out and invite conservative voters in South Carolina to participate in a campaign finance reform listening tour. More than 360 people said they were interested.

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Given this early success, we want to extend the Calling for Action program to more groups and more campaigns so, together, we can win more victories for the environment and the public interest. To learn more about the program and how to apply, contact

The Fund for the Public Interest Foundation is a program of the Fund for the Public Interest and The Public Interest Network.


“With the help of the Calling for Action program, we were able to bring additional pressure to bear on Governor Walz of Minnesota in our efforts to stop the expansion of Enbridge’s dangerous Line 3 oil pipeline.”

—Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace

“The patch-through calls on our behalf resulted in one of the highest-participation phone call campaigns in CCAN's 15 year history of advocacy in Virginia. This partnership truly educated the public and put the Governor on notice that Virginians truly care about real climate action.”

—Mike Tidwell, Executive Director, CCAN Action Fund