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Gale Force: Gale Cincotta / The Battles for Disclosure and Community Reinvestment

Gale Force: Gale Cincotta / The Battles for Disclosure and Community Reinvestment

Author Michael Westgate
Publication Date 02/2011
Section Biography / Espresso Book Machine Books / Politics / Printed Here / Urban Studies / Women's Studies
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780615449012

Gale Cincotta was one of this country's greatest organizers and activists.  Called the mother of community reinvestment, she led the attack on redlining, community disinvestment and predatory lending, resulting in two groundbreaking measures, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which broke the back of housing discrimination throughout the nation.  Tough, feisty and courageous - characteristics in short supply these days - she was a force of nature with a human heart.

"In their book Gale Force, Michael Westgate and Ann Vick-Westgate have brought Gale Cincotta back to life.  Through dozens of interviews with friends, colleagues, politicians and former opponents, they portray the essence of her strong personality, the obstacles she faced, the strategies she used to pursue her goals, the friends and allies who helped her and the people she alienated.  It is a gripping story, told with passion and devotion, about one of our unsung heroines.  What a life it was!"  - Pablo Eisenberg, former Executive Director, Center for Community Change

"Gale Force is rich with information and a fascinating read.  Its publication ensures that the work of one of the most important organizers of the last few decades is available to the next generation.  The book is a "must read" for anyone interested in the history of community organizing in America."  -Aaron Schutz, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and author of Collective Action for Social Change: An Introduction to Community Organizing

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Michael and Ann Westgate's book, "GALE FORCE--Gale Cincotta: The Battle for Disclosure and Community Reinvestment", is on its way to becoming a "classic". Gale was an ordinary person, who did extraordinary things, and Michael and Ann have captured that in this book. I was involved in non profit affordable housing and finance from 1980 to 2007, and although I had heard of Gale and stories of how banks did "redlining" and had excluded many people from receiving normal banking privileges and loans, this book helped explain it through what this "incredible" woman did. On behalf of non profit affordable housing and finance, I thank Michael and Ann for explaining the story of how it all became to be. Barry Black (retired) Executive Director NHS of Trenton Executive Director of NHSA NJ Urban Lending Program Director of NHSA's Housing Development Group VP/Chief Loan Officer for NHSA-CDFI

March 16, 2011
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