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A Message from Self-Help CEO Martin Eakes to our Members, Partners and Communities

Police Accountability and Federal Reform for Misconduct is Necessary; Self-Help and Center for Responsible Lending Join the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ letter to Congress​

Jun 4, 2020

[Durham, NC| June 4, 2020] — Today, Self-Help Credit Union CEO Martin Eakes issued the following message calling for accountability and federal reform for police misconduct while mourning the lives lost to police brutality. 

“There is a time for rage and anger, which unlike numbness, can be channeled into a re-commitment to working for justice and equality,” Eakes began. “Real people in the communities we serve are hurting and angry. We are hurting and angry, too.”

The message goes on to reconfirm Self-Help’s commitment to fighting systematic racism and injustice.

Read the full statement at

Self-Help, headquartered in Durham, NC, is one of the largest community development financial institution in the nation.  Since 1980, Self-Help has provided more than $9.1 billion in financing to over 172,309 families, families, individuals and businesses. We help drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Through our credit union network, Self-Help serves more than 154,000 people in California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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