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NAACP drops Wells Fargo mortgage suit

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is ending its lawsuit against mortgage lender Wells Fargo, who it had accused of forcing Black borrowers into volatile subprime mortgages while non-Black customers with identical qualifications were given lower rates. Filed a year ago, the lawsuit is among a dozen that the NAACP is pursuing against large financial institutions alleging mortgage bias since 2007.

While not admitting fault, Wells Fargo pledged to follow the civil rights organization’s fairness and lending principals, which “ensure all borrowers get the highest quality credit vehicle appropriate for their circumstances and that guard against racial discrimination in lending,” said NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous.

Lunch with professionals

The Indianapolis Professional Association (IPA) will hold its 7th Organizational Networking Luncheon April 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Fleming’s, 8487 Union Chapel Rd. During the luncheon, a roundtable symposium of noted panelists will focus on the current economic state of local minority businesses and organizations.

Single admission is $30 before April 19, and $35 after. To learn more, call (317) 542-8540 or visit www.ipaindy.com.

Culture conference

The Indiana MultiEthnic Committee is having its second annual MultiEthnic Conference. It will be April 26 at the Sheraton Hotel and Suites, 8787 Keystone Crossing, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gov. Mitch Daniels will speak at the conference, which is focused on “building Indiana’s 21st century communities.”

Workshops and other guest speakers also will be featured. Additionally, there will be a preconference 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 25 at the Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Center, 7435 N. Keystone Ave., which will celebrate food and cultures from around the world.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.indianamultiethnic.org.

student Summer jobs

Applications are being accepted by Indiana’s Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps for about 2,000 summer jobs with the Departments of Transportation and Natural Resources. Jobs are for those ages 18-24 and will pay $8.50 to $9.50 an hour. The work will include conservation and recreation projects, such as creating hiking trails, restoring natural habitats and traffic sign maintenance. All positions will begin no earlier than May 3 and end by Oct. 2.

For more information or to apply, visit www.in.gov/yhcc.

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