Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs
5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 680-5508 moratorium-mi.org
July 3, 2012
Moratorium NOW! was founded in 2008. The fact that we have remained in existence and grown for over four years is a testament to the importance of the work that we are carrying out on a daily basis. The Occupy Wall Street movement has energized new layers of young activists. Occupy Detroit youth have joined us in fighting foreclosures and evictions. UAW members and local unions have taken up this issue. Along with clergy, other community activists, unions and Occupy movement, we now have a powerful movement in Michigan.
We are still an entirely volunteer organization. But phone and light bills have to be paid. Leaflets need to be printed by the thousands. We need your financial support to continue and expand our work as described below.
Please, if you can, send a $10, $20, $50 or $100 donation. Whatever you can afford will be greatly appreciated.
- Pay securely online by going to Moratorium-mi.org and click on donation tab at top left.
- Send a check, made out to Moratorium NOW! and mail to 5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.
In the past months we were able to save the homes of several families. In January, with only three days notice, we and our allies stopped the eviction of a family in Detroit by blockading the street to turn away the dumpster and sitting in at N.Y. Mellon Trust Bank. In May a quadriplegic man in upstate Michigan, had only two weeks till eviction when he contacted us. Within days we had a national campaign to demand Bank of America stop the eviction and foreclosure – and we won this a few days later!
On March 31 we hosted a national conference in Detroit on the need for a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. Activists from California, Oregon, New York, N. Carolina, Illinois, Michigan and other areas participated. Inspired by the great turnout to this conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke announced the introduction of his bill for a 3 year moratorium on foreclosures (HR 4848).
We are now working with other community leaders toward convening a citywide meeting to broaden the coalition to defeat the bank-imposed austerity in Detroit. We are sending a busload of protesters to raise the demand for a moratorium on foreclosures to the “March on Wall Street South” in Charlotte on September 2 during the Democratic National Convention. Many will need subsidies for the bus fare. Please help.