Mar 282015
 

Demonstrate at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office
Tuesday, March 31, 12 Noon
400 Monroe, Greektown, Detroit

Endorsed by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Eviction Defense, Russell Woods – Sullivan Area Association, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, We the People of Detroit, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

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Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions from occupied homes.
Release the Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds Now!
Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!

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Mar 222015
 

Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions from occupied homes.

Release the Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds Now!

Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!

townhall2-03-14-15-picsSpeak at the Detroit City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

9:00 am – Gather for a brief rally and press conference, Spirit of Detroit, Woodward at Jefferson, Detroit

9:30 am – Proceed to the City Council meeting on the 13th floor in the Erma Henderson Auditorium.  Each resident wishing to address the Council must sign up for a two minute time slot upon arrival.

After the City Council Meeting, March to the County Treasurer’s Office, 400 Monroe.

 For more info, see Moratorium on Foreclosures Fact Sheet

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Mar 222015
 

Download MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES FACT SHEET

Under Michigan law (MCL 10.31), during times of great public crisis or emergency, either upon application of the mayor of a city, sheriff of a county, or the commissioner of the Michigan state police or upon his or her own volition, the governor may proclaim a state of emergency and designate the area involved.

After making the proclamation or declaration, the governor may promulgate reasonable orders, rules, and regulations as he or she considers necessary to protect life and property or to bring the emergency situation within the affected area under control.

According to Wayne County Treasurer’s office, as of March 10, more than 10,000 owner occupied homes in Detroit alone are facing tax foreclosure effective March 31, 2015, with thousands more going into foreclosure in May due to reverter. This is a State of Emergency.

Even before these foreclosures, Governor Snyder declared that Detroit was in a State of Emergency, precipitating the appointment of the Emergency Manager and bankruptcy.

THE FUNDS ARE SITTING IN LANSING TO STOP THESE FORECLOSURES.

According to the January 2015 Helping Michigan’s Hardest Hit Homeowner report, $251 million of the $498 in federal Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds that were provided to Michigan in 2010 remain unspent.
These funds could be used to pay off delinquent property tax bills for occupied homes and prevent the thousands of foreclosures which will further destroy our neighborhoods.

Release of these funds will not only stop the destruction of our communities, but go a long way to resolving the financial crises in Wayne County and Detroit which in large part is a result of declining revenues as a result of tax foreclosures.

THE WAYNE COUNTY TREASURER SHOULD IMMEDIATELY STOP THE TAX FORECLOSURES, AND JOIN WITH THE SHERIFF, MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL IN DEMANDING THAT GOVERNOR SNYDER PLACE AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM TO HALT PROPERTY TAX FORECLOSURES.

While the Moratorium is in effect, we can fight to get the Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds released to meet the immediate crisis, and develop long term solutions so this crisis never occurs again!

A MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES IS LEGAL AND HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE DURING PERIODS OF CRISIS.

During the 1930’s, the State legislature utilized its emergency powers to pass the Mortgage Moratorium Act, Act No. 98, Pub. Acts 1933. The Act extended the redemption period during which homeowners could not have their property taken from them after foreclosure from six months, to 5 years. In Russell v. Battle Creek Lumber Co., 265 Mich. 649, 649-650 (Mich. 1934), the Mortgage Moratorium Act was upheld as constitutional by the Michigan Supreme Court based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Home Building & Loan Ass’n v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398 (54 Sup. Ct. 231, 88 A.L.R. 1481), which upheld a similar moratorium passed in Minnesota.

CHARGEBACKS – According to the City of Detroit’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), during the year ended June 30, 2013, approximately $163 million of delinquent property taxes receivable was transferred (sold) to the County, and $117 million was charged back to the City from prior year sales. As of June 30, 2013, the City has recorded an approximate liability of $72 million ($25 million in the General Fund, $28 million in the Non-Major Governmental Funds, and $19 million in the Water and Sewage Disposal Funds) for the estimated amount of property tax receivables sold to the County that will be charged back in future years. (Chargebacks consist of the difference in the amount the county pays the city when it “purchases” the unpaid property taxes in a given year for the purposes of collection and charging interest on them, and the amount the county recovers when its sells the home at tax foreclosure. The city is charged back the difference — i.e. county pay city $4000 for unpaid property taxes on home – sells the home for $500 at tax foreclosure – city is charged back $3500 which becomes a liability in the year the chargeback occurs.)

PROPERTY TAX DECLINE — According to the Detroit Free Press, March 22, 2015, property tax revenues for Wayne County have declined $200 per year since 2007.

Updated on March 22, 2015

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Mar 172015
 

Join the People of Detroit and Wayne County in Demanding a Moratorium on Tax Foreclosures and Evictions from Occupied Homes!

Pack the Wayne County Commissioners Meeting

Thursday, March 19, 10 am

500 Griswold, Detroit (Guardian Building)

Release the Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds Now!

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Mar 082015
 

HELL NO, DETROITERS WON’T GO!

EMERGENCY PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
Saturday, March 14, 2015

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Christ Church
960 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit (at I-75, just east of downtown)

We will be planning direct action to save our communities!

  • Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions from occupied homes.
  • End water shut-offs.
  • Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!townhall2-03-14-15-pics
  • This is a State of Emergency! Under Michigan law, the Mayor, County Executive and Treasurer, and especially the Governor, have the authority to stop all foreclosures and water shut-offs to stop this disaster from taking place.
  • 62,000 homes are scheduled for tax foreclosure on March 31, 2015. 37,000 are occupied homes.
  • In the meantime, Lansing is sitting on $220 Million of Hardest Hit Homeowners funds, enough to pay all the delinquent property tax bills of occupied homes, stop the foreclosures, and provide funds to restore county and city services.
  • Instead these funds are being given to Dan Gilbert to tear down homes, while the banks are completely left off the hook for the destruction they caused.

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If your organization would like to endorse the Emergency People’s Assembly, please email moratorium@moratorium-mi.org or call 248-470-0296.

To download leaflet, click here: Emergency People’s Assembly

For more information contact: Moratorium Now Coalition – moratorium-mi.org
Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org – Phone 313-680-5508
Detroit Eviction Defense – detroitevictiondefense.org – Phone 313-740-1073

Endorsed by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition,  Detroit Eviction Defense,  Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA),  Detroit People’s Platform,  Detroit News & Letters Committees,  Russell Woods – Sullivan Area Association

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Mar 072015
 

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13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48126
(Across from Dearborn City Hall)

Wednesday, March 11, 7 – 9 pm

Join us in welcoming Rasmea Odeh to Detroit on March 11 at the Arab American Museum Annex. We are hosting a fundraiser in celebration of the resilience of Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh. All proceeds will go directly towards her legal defense fund.

Visit justice4rasmea.org for more information on Rasmea Odeh.

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Mar 052015
 

Stand with Rasmea and fill the federal courthouse in Detroit!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at 10 AM EST (hearing starts at 11 AM EST)

231 W. Lafayette Blvd., downtown Detroit

rally_for_rasmea-650pxPlease join us on Thursday, March 12th, in Detroit for Rasmea’s sentencing hearing.  Rasmea was unjustly convicted in November of last year, and the prosecution is now asking for an enhanced sentence of 5-7 years in prison.  (The vast majority of those convicted of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization are sentenced to no more than 21 months.)

Rasmea’s defense attorneys are arguing that she shouldn’t be imprisoned for even one more day, and over 70 important leaders of unions and community-based, faith-based, civil rights, and student organizations, as well as prominent academics and activists, who all wrote letters of leniency to Judge Gershwin Drain, agree.

In addition, it must be made clear that Rasmea will be appealing the conviction regardless of the outcome of the sentencing, so visit the national Rasmea Defense Committee’s new website at www.justice4rasmea.org to help us fundraise for the appeal and learn of other action steps you can take.

Rasmea spoke with her supporters across the country by livestream a number of times in the past few weeks, and fundraisers and educational events were organized in New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Tucson, Tampa, St. Lake City, Gainesville, Miami, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Seattle, Albany, NY, and other cities.  More fundraisers are scheduled for Fishers, IN, DC, and Chicago in the coming weeks. (See a full list of events here.)

There is still much more organizing to be done!

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Feb 222015
 

From Detroit to Greece,
Say No to the War on the Working Class!

Friday, February 27, 2015, 4 P.M.

Gather Outside Chase Bank, Woodward and Fort Street
March to Greektown

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CANCEL THE DEBT
STOP PENSION CUTS, FORECLOSURES & WATER SHUTOFFS

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Austerity in Greece has meant conditions much like those faced by Detroiters: A poverty rate of 44%, up from just 3% in 2009; a 27.7% unemployment rate; and 240,000 people with their utilities shut off. Continue reading »

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Feb 222015
 

Pack the Court on Friday, February 27, 1 PM
Berrien County Courthouse,
811 Port Street, St. Joseph, Michigan

Carpooling on February 27, 2015

Depart from 5920 Second, off Antoinette, Detroit, Micihigan 48202.
Time: Gather at 8:15-8:30 a.m. to go to Berrien County courthouse at 811 Port Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.

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