about us & contact
the "give me back my rights" coalition

"give me back my rights" is operating, in part, under a grant from aarp. "aarp supports the work of the coalition," an aarp spokesperson announced, including filing amicus briefs."

our coalition is unusual in its size and diversity, and is growing daily.

our objectives:

  • to raise consumer awareness about the dangers of binding mandatory arbitration.
  • to push for remedial legislation at both the state and federal levels.
  • to highlight companies that do not require binding mandatory arbitration clauses.

coalition founder

remar sutton, for the consumer task force for automotive issues

coalition coordinators

ed mierzwinski, for u.s. public interest research group

remar sutton, for the consumer task force for automotive issues

founding coalition members as of february 22, 2005

public citizen
public citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in congress, the executive branch and the courts.

consumers union
consumers union is the publisher of consumer reports magazine. its advocacy offices in washington, dc, austin, tx and san francisco fight for privacy at the state and national level.

consumer federation of america
consumer federation of america is a coalition of 240 national, state and local consumer groups around the country. cfa actively supports strong consumer protection.

u.s. public interest research group (uspirg)
the state public interest research groups (pirgs) are leading consumer and environmental advocates that place a strong emphasis on fighting for privacy and against identity theft both in the states and through their national association, u.s. pirg.

national consumer law center (nclc)
the national consumer law center is the nation's consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers to use powerful and complex consumer laws to assure justice for vulnerable, low income americans.

national association of consumer advocates (naca)
naca is a non-profit association of attorneys and consumer advocates committed to representing customers’ interests. our members are private and public sector attorneys, legal services attorneys, law professors and law students whose primary focus is the protection and representation of consumers.

center for auto safety
consumers union and ralph nader founded the center for auto safety (cas) to provide consumers a voice for auto safety and quality in washington and to help lemon owners fight back across the country.

consumer task force for automotive issues
the consumer task force for automotive issues was co-founded by ralph nader and remar suttton. the task force monitors auto fraud activities for consumer groups, attorneys general, and plaintiff firms.

consumer action
consumer action is serving consumers nationwide by advancing consumer rights, publishing educational materials, advocating for consumers in the media and before lawmakers, and comparing prices on credit cards, bank accounts, and long distance services.

national employment lawyers association (nela)
nela advocates for employee rights and workplace fairness while promoting the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and judicial integrity. nela provides assistance and support to lawyers protecting the rights of employees against the greater resources of their employers and the defense bar.

alliance for justice (afj)
the alliance for justice has been working since it's inception in 1979 to promote a fair and independent judiciary and strengthen public interest advocacy.

workplace fairness
workplace fairness is a non-profit organisation that promotes workplace policies and practices that work for everyone. their goal is to bring together workers, employers, advocates and policy makers to achieve fairness in the workplace.

center for responsible lending
the center for responsible lending is fighting to stop financial abuses (predatory mortgages, payday loans, overdraft loans, excessivecredit card debt, tax refund loans) through legislative and policy advocacy, coalition-building, litigation, and industry research.

national community reinvestment coalition (ncrc)
ncrc is the collective voice for its member organizations to congress, bank regulatory agencies, the executive branches of the federal government and the national press.

senator pat leahy (democrat, vermont)

consumers for auto reliability and safety (cars)
cars is a national, award winning, non-profit auto safety and consumer advocacy organization working to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect consumers from auto-related fraud and abuse.

association of community organisations for reform now (acorn)
acorn, is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, working together for social justice and stronger communities, for better housing, schools, neighborhood safety, health care, jobconditions, and more.

american association of people with disabilities (aapd)
aapd is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the united states, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million americans with disabilities.

katherine & george alexander community law center (santa clara university)

jacksonville area legal aid
jacksonville area legal aid is a not for profit agency which provides civil legal assistance to low income persons who call to obtain private legal assistance.