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National Day of Action Against PNC Bank
4 PM, Thursday, June 21
535 Griswold, Detroit

Demand that PNC Return the Cruz Family Home
Demand that PNC Reverse the Foreclosure of Jerome Jackson


A national Day of Action targeting PNC Bank on behalf of the Cruz family from Minneapolis, MN has been called and demonstrations around the U.S. will be demanding that PNC Bank keep the Cruz family and families across the country in their homes. On June 19, Alejandra and David Cruz and supporters will be traveling to PNC’s Pittsburgh headquarters to hand-deliver their modification documents and demand a meeting with CEO Jim Rohr! The demonstrations will coincide with the Cruz family's arrival in Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 21.

The Cruz family, whose home went into foreclosure when PNC Bank mishandled an online payment. Although PNC executives have acknowledged their error and repeatedly told Cruz supporters that they are working on a solution, their actions have shown the opposite.  They have refused to work with the family, instead working with Freddie Mac and the city of Minneapolis to launch a series of costly police raids against home, resulting in 23 arrests in less than a week.

Alejandra and David Cruz are active community members in the Twin Cities who have tirelessly advocated for the DREAM Act and educational equity for immigrant students.

Jerome Jackson, a paraplegic since the age of 14, is facing eviction from a specially modified, wheelchair-accessible home that he has lived in since 2004.  CLS, funded by Wayne County, urged Jerome to move into the home, with a promise to pay the bulk of the mortgage payment, since he was on a fixed income.  Then in 2009, CLS reneged on their agreement, causing the foreclosure and threatened eviction.

PNC Bank, and now Fannie Mae (which insured the loan and bought the home at Sheriff’s auction), have refused to work with Mr. Jackson and have filed a complaint to evict him from his home.
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                            of Demonstrators at the Cruz Home
Demonstrators at the Cruz home.


 
Jerome and his
                                        sister Jettowynne
Jerome Jackson and his sister, Jettowynne Jones

The banks were bailed out for their reckless profiteering and fraudulent practices because they were “too big to fail.”


Keep Jerome Jackson In His Home

Jerome Jackson, paraplegic since age 14, moved into a an Inkster home designed for wheel-chair access in 2004. He could not have afforded this modest home without the commitment from Community Living Services (CLS), funded by Wayne County, to share a portion of the mortgage expense.

In 2009, CLS cut Mr. Jackson’s support and he fell into default. Fannie Mae bought the mortgage at sheriff’s auction and is now seeking to evict Mr. Jackson.

We are calling on the court to set aside the eviction pending investigation of Wayne County’s failure to honor the commitment it made to provide affordable housing for Jerome Jackson. We are also calling on Fannie Mae to modify the mortgage so that Jerome Jackson can live in his wheel-chair-access home.

Jerome Jackson is “too human to discard.”

Stop the Eviction of Jerome Jackson!



Tell Flagstar Bank:
Stop the Eviction of Jennifer Britt


Flagstar claims to be a “community” bank and a Michigan company, but it is actually owned by MatlinPatterson Global Advisors, a New York equity firm that Forbes Magazine recently described as a leading “Vulture Investor,” known for “picking the bones of crumbling companies.”

Jennifer Britt knows what that means. Since her husband died in 2006, she has paid more than $40,000 to Flagstar to save her family’s home in Detroit’s Rosedale Park. She lost her job in 2008 but continued paying rising monthly payments that took her entire savings. Flagstar foreclosed in 2010 and sold the mortgage to Fannie Mae. Eviction is imminent.

Jennifer now has a job and could make reasonable mortgage payments if Flagstar and Fannie Mae agreed to work with her. State and federal programs call for mortgage modifications to keep people in their homes. There is no good reason why Jennifer and her family should be evicted, leaving another vacant house in Detroit.

Flagstar is the Deadbeat, not Jennifer. The bank was assessed $133 million in fines by the federal government this year for fraudulent loan practices stretching back over a decade. Flagstar has yet to pay taxpayers back for the $267 million bailout it took in 2009.

Call Flagstar Bank, 248-312-2000. Tell Joseph Campanelli, CEO, to help Jennifer Britt and her family keep their home. The bank held the mortgage from 1999 thru the sheriff's foreclosure auction. "Nationstar Mortgage" or some other related entity may have briefly serviced the loan before Fannie Mae compensated the bank with taxpayer money. Flagstar can take back the mortgage from Fannie Mae and modify the loan. Other banks have done the same after public protest.






Fightback Against the Financial Advisory Board and DPS Emergency Manager
 
NOT ONE PENNY TO THE BANKS WHO HAVE DESTROYED DETROIT!
 
NO TO LAY-OFFS, WAGE CUTS, SCHOOL CLOSINGS, PRIVATIZATION & ELIMINATION OF HUMAN SERVICES
 

The Detroit Mayor and City Council caved in to Gov. Snyder and Wall Street by handing the City over to a Financial Advisory Board.  The purpose for the FSA is to guarantee the looting of Detroit by the banks by insuring the “payment in full of the scheduled debt service requirements on all bonds, notes and municipal securities” (Public Act 4).  According to Snyder’s financial review team, Detroit paid $597 million to the banks in 2010 for debt service.  The City’s long-term debt to the banks is an amazing $16.9 billion ($4.9 billion is interest).  The same banks that destroyed the neighborhoods of Detroit by their racist, predatory, sub-prime, criminal mortgages will be assured of getting paid from the City’s treasury.   City services, city jobs, workers’ wages, benefits and pensions will be slashed to the bone to feed the banksters.
 
80% of state school aid to Detroit public schools goes to debt service to the banks.  The DPS Emergency Manager’s only job is to make sure the banks get their money.  To do this schools are closed and teachers are laid off.  Students who should be applauded for protesting this robbery of public funds are suspended.
 
We don’t owe the banks a single penny!  The banks owe Detroit billions of dollars for the destruction they caused.
 
SUSPEND CITY DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS
FUND JOBS AND SERVICES
KEEP THE SCHOOLS OPEN
MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS
 
BAIL OUT THE PEOPLE NOT THE BANKS!
 

National demonstrations against Chase Bank on  Tuesday, March 13

Detroit rally and march downtown


Noon

Chase Bank’s Main Detroit Branch
611 Woodward Avenue

The same movement that has already stopped three foreclosures this year with picket lines and peaceful protest will rally in support of Alma Counts, a paralyzed senior citizen on fixed income facing foreclosure by Chase. Even after the bank signed consent agreements pledging to modify mortgages and stop foreclosure fraud, the bank nullified Alma’s previous modification and doubled her payments. Alma Counts is like thousands of others facing unjust foreclosure.

To save our neighborhoods from plunging home values and blight, we are calling on Chase to declare a moratorium on all foreclosures.

As part of a national demonstration against Chase, we will gather at 11:45 am at the Spirit of Detroit statue, Woodward at Jefferson, and march two blocks to Chase Tower, 611 Woodward at Congress.

A delegation will hold Chase accountable to the consent agreements it has signed with federal regulators calling for mortgage modifications to keep people in their homes.

Tell JP Morgan Chase to stop foreclosures and agree to modifications that keep Alma Counts and thousands like her in their homes.

Phone this toll free number: 888-310-7995.



Endorsed by: Occupy Detroit, UAW, Moratorium Now!, Utility Workers L. 223, People Before Banks, Metro AFL-CIO, Jobs With Justice.

For more information call 313-429-5009 and ask for AJ Freer.


 

Occupy Our Homes Calls for National Week of Bank Protest Actions

In solidarity with families across the U.S. resisting foreclosures and evictions, the Occupy Our Homes movement is announcing that March 13th-16th will be a National Week of Action to protest the criminal foreclosure practices of the nation's largest banks.

The housing system built by Wall Street banks and for the 1% has utterly failed the 99%. The banks' criminal foreclosure practices have cost millions of Americans their homes already. Millions more homeowners are at risk of foreclosure in the coming years. And while hundreds of thousands families face homelessness, bank-owned vacant homes fall into disrepair.

Everyone deserves a home and Occupy Our Homes will be standing with housing activists nationwide in their fight for dignity and a place to call home. It's time to take action.

Along with Occupy groups and community organizations across the country, the Occupy Our Homes network will stage protests nationwide—including protests at various bank headquarters and branches across the country—in a coordinated effort to draw attention to the banks' immoral behavior.

Each day of the week will feature a target bank, anchored by different Occupy groups and their allies.

  • March 12: Occupy the Crime Scene - County Recorder's Office - Occupy Los Angeles, Occupy Petaluma, Occupy Sacramento
  • March 13: Chase— Occupy Atlanta & Occupy Detroit, along with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs
  • March 14: US Bank— Occupy Minneapolis and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)
  • March 15: Bank of America— Occupy Wall Street
  • March 16: Wells Fargo— Occupy groups across California, and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

"These executives have been making life hell for the average American. Meanwhile they're making record profits and have a comfy home to sleep in, said Marine veteran Bobby Hull, a Minneapolis home occupier. "It's time to fight back, and make clear to the big banks that we're not leaving."

"The biggest banks have been destroying our communities with foreclosures. We say no more," said Matt Browner Hamlin, an organizer with OccupyOurHomes.org. " The Occupy Our Homes movement is everywhere - members of the 99% are standing up in solidarity with home occupiers to demand the banks stop stealing our homes."

The original call that inspired this week of action came from Occupy Glen Iris and Occupy Atlanta to mark Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon's birthday with a protest of the bank's criminal foreclosure practices. Occupy Atlanta has previously staged raucous protests at Chase bank branches and the group and its allies have helped stop a number of evictions and foreclosures, including that of an historic Atlanta church.

For more information, please visit OccupyOurHomes.org.



THE NEW “NATIONAL SETTLEMENT WITH THE BANKS” WILL NOT STOP ONE FORECLOSURE

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MORATORIUM NOW! COALITION SPECIAL MEETING

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012, 7:00 PM

5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI (at Antoinette St.)

Featured Speakers:  Vanessa Fluker and Jerry Goldberg, leading anti-foreclosure attorneys and Moratorium Now! Activists.

Hear an analysis of the new Federal/Attorney Generals “foreclosure settlement” with the banks.

Learn about the March 31 National Conference in Detroit to organize for a Two Year Moratorium on all Foreclosures and Foreclosure-related Evictions (nationalmoratorium.org)

The new settlement between the Federal government, 49 state Attorneys General and five of the biggest, most crooked banks is a complete fraud and another bailout for the banks.

Not one foreclosure will be stopped in the coming years by this settlement.
·         Only $1.5 billion of the $25 billion settlement will go to people who lost their homes from 2008 to 2011 – paying a pitiful $2,000 (over three years) to people who were victims of banks who criminally stole their homes.

·         A pitiful $17 billion will go toward principal reduction for “underwater loans” where people owe much more than their property is currently worth.  But it is estimated that 11 million borrowers are $700 billion underwater right now.

·         $5 billion will go to the states to compensate for losses suffered due to loss in property values.  But there has been a loss of $1.9 trillion in home equity from the foreclosure crisis – resulting in city, county and state layoffs and service cuts.

Call – 313-680-5508 for more information

more info at National Moratorium: The New "National Settlement with the Banks" will NOT STOP one Foreclosure

 
NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO DEMAND
 A TWO YEAR NATIONAL
MORATORIUM TO STOP FORECLOSURES


Saturday – March 31, 2012


Central United Methodist Church – 2nd Floor

23 E. Adams St. (at Woodward Ave.), Detroit, Michigan

  register at
nationalmoratorium.org


THE EVICTION HAS BEEN STOPPED!
THE GARRETTS WILL BUY THE HOME OUTRIGHT FOR THE PREVIOUSLY AGREED UPON PRICE!

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Stop the Eviction of Bertha and William Garrett!


The Garrett family fell behind on their mortgage when the daughter was laid off and the father suffered a stroke.

William is blind and disabled and needs to stay in the single-story house where the family has lived for 22 years.

Bank of New York Mellon will evict them as early as Monday...

Unless we act:


Monday, January 30 at noon: rally in downtown Detroit in the  lobby of 719 Griswold (corner of Fort Street) and support the delegation that will deliver our message to the bank’s ninth floor offices.

Tuesday, January 31 at 5pm: rally at the Garrett’s home, 17795 Pierson St. in northwest Detroit. (Southfield Fwy. to 7 Mile, west 1.5 miles to Pierson St., left at the Dairy Queen.)

Contact the Bank at 1-212-495-1784 and tell them to put people before profit.

Join the rapid-response network that can be on call to defend the Garrett’s home when the bailiff arrives. Email peoplebeforebanks@gmail.com and let us know what half-days you can commit to, with contact info.

The Bank of New York Mellon — another bank that received billions in taxpayer bailouts— repossessed the Garrett’s house at foreclosure sale for just $12,000. After the redemption period expired, the family scraped together what little they have and offered to buy the house back for that amount. They had an apparent agreement when the bank suddenly raised the price and announced that the dumpster would arrive in front of their home this Monday.

Called by Occupy Detroit, Moratorium Now! Coalition, Occupy Our Homes, People Before Banks


1515 BROADWAY HAS BEEN SAVED

1515 Broadway has been saved! The coffee house and community center is no longer under the threat of a foreclosure eviction. In response to tremendous pressure from the community, Citgroup has reached an agreement with Chris Jaszczak, that will keep 1515 Broadway alive and functioning under his control and ownership.

The coalition consisting of Moratorium NOW! Coalition, People Before Banks Coalition, Occupy Detroit, and Occupy Our Homes, thanks all those who called and emailed Citigroup demanding that the eviction be stopped and expressing your strong support and determination to keep this unique community center open. The community support was key to this victory.

The Rally scheduled for this Thursday will now be a community gathering to celebrate this victory and the fact that 1515 Broadway will continue to serve as a community space.

COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 6:00 P.M.

1515 BROADWAY, DETROIT



SAVE 1515 BROADWAY
STOP THE FORECLOSURE/EVICTION BY CITI BANK
COMMUNITY RALLY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 6:00 P.M.
1515 BROADWAY
(near Randolph, downtown Detroit)

1515 Broadway is a unique institution in downtown Detroit.  For 25 years, 1515 has operated as a muti-use, flexible black box theater to facilitate expression among diverse Detroiters.  It’s a theater, café, studio, coffee house, sound stage, bodega and meeting hall.  It’s a salon where Detroiters can come to interact in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.  From 1987 with “Demolish by Neglect” to the recent “Occupy Movement,” 1515 Broadway has opened its doors to community activists to meet and gather.

1515 Broadway has also been the residence of Christopher Jaszczak since 1987 (and now his son resides there too). Chris, as owner and proprietor of 1515, has used his personal funds to keep this community space alive and functioning.

However, in the years 2008-2010, Chris, like many Michiganders, encountered financial hardship.  As a result, he fell behind on the payments on his 11.25% interest mortgage loan.  He reached out to numerous local economic loan and development entities for assistance, to no avail.  1515 Broadway was placed in foreclosure.

Chris Jaszczak’s income has recovered.  He has made a reasonable offer to Citi Bank to pay down the arrearages if they would restore his mortgage at a standard interest rate.  But Citi, a bank that has received tens of billions of dollars in federal taxpayer bailouts on express condition that they aid borrowers, would rather destroy a community institution than deal equitably with Chris.  1515 Broadway is now facing an imminent eviction.

Come to a Rally to Save 1515 Broadway.  Let’s keep this wonderful community center open and serving the people of Detroit!

Tell Citi to stop the eviction and reinstate Christopher Jaszczak’s mortgage.

Email: 
Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit at vikram.pandit@citi.com
Citi Property Holdings President Richard Isenberg at richard.isenberg@citi.com.  

Call:
CEO Pandit at 646-512-4269 (cell phone)
Citigroup at 212-816-6000 (ask for Richard Isenberg)

Sponsored by:  
Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs,
Occupy Detroit, People Before Banks Coalition, and Occupy Our Homes

Call 313-744-7912 for more information or email bonnieabh@aol.com


The court hearing has been postponed pending ongoing negotiations.  This is good news!  We will keep you posted.  For details on the case, see the article Michigan anti-eviction fight targets bank, feds

Pack the Courthouse January 19!
The Henrys of Southgate are among the many thousands of Detroit-area families struggling against foreclosure and eviction. Debbie had a stroke in 2008 and the Henrys could no longer afford the mortgage on a house plummeting in value. More than a hundred of us picketed Bank of America on January 3 demanding that the bank, which services their mortgage, and the Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae"), which now owns the mortgage, modify the loan to keep the Henrys in their home. We got their attention, but the eviction order still stands.

We need to keep up the pressure and pack the courthouse at the upcoming hearing. The banks are being bailed out with taxpayer dollars while Fannie Mae evicts the victims of the housing bubble. Join us: Occupy Our Homes, Moratorium Now, Occupy Detroit, People Before Banks

January 19, Thursday, at 9:30 am (Hearing begins at 10)
33rd District Court, Woodhaven

19000 Van Horn Road
(I-75 to Exit 32, go east on West Rd. to Allen Rd., turn south on Allen to Van Horn, turn left and the courthouse is on left)


Oppose the Emergency Manager  -  Repeal Public Act 4!

Defend Democracy and the Right to Self-Determination!

Make the Banks Pay, Not the Workers and Community: 
  • Implement a moratorium on debt service to the banks
  • No layoffs
  • No cuts in city services
Background and info:     democracyemergency.org       michiganforward.org


We Shall Not
Be Moved Rally


Oppose the Emergency Manager!

Repeal Public Act 4!

Defend Democracy and the Right to Self-Determination!

Make the Banks Pay!

Monday, January 2, 2012
5 PM
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2080 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI

For more info: 313-224-4535


Stop Bank of America & Fannie Mae From Evicting the Henrys!

Tuesday, January 3: 10:00 am

Rally and Press Conference at the home of Robert and Debbie Henry, 13694 Helen St. in Southgate (directions below).


11:00 am:
Picket Bank of America’s nearby Southgate branch


T
he Henrys fell behind on their Countrywide/Bank of America mortgage after Debbie had a stroke in 2008 and could no longer work full time. The housing market collapsed that same year and the value of their house fell by two-thirds. In the aftermath of the crash, Bank of America and Fannie Mae were bailed out with billions of taxpayer dollars.


L
ittle of this, ever, trickles down to the Henrys and the thousands of Detroit area families who need mortgage modifications to stay in their homes. Bank of America (BOA) rescinded an initial modification that the Henry’s paid for 10 months. Because BOA can collect the full mortgage value guaranteed by Fannie Mae, the bank has little interest in straightening out the paperwork snafus and mismanagement that confronts anyone seeking a mortgage modification. Now Fannie Mae (which bought the Henrys’ mortgage at full value) and BOA (which still services the mortgage for Fannie Mae) want to evict the Henrys.


Sponsored by: Occupy Our Homes - Moratorium Now! - People Before Banks

Directions:

To the Henrys: Exit I-75 at Northline Road (#37), east to Dix Highway, turn south and go 4 streets, left on Helen

 


SPECIAL DETROIT ORGANIZING MEETING

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7:00-9:00 P.M, 5920 SECOND AVE., Detroit.

NO EMERGENCY MANAGER!
STOP THE LAY-OFFS!
NO CONSENT AGREEMENT!
BAILOUT DETROIT, NOT THE BANKS!


DECEMBER 6 – NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION TO FIGHT FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS CALLED BY THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT

RALLY TO STOP THE EVICTION OF
DETROITER KYRA WILLIAMS

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
1140 HIBBARD, DETROIT
(just north of E. Jefferson, east of Van Dyke)

Kyra Williams had a lease agreement on a property located at 1140 Hibbard, Detroit, MI 48214.   Ms. Williams and the landlord had an agreement under which she was paying rent with an option to buy the property.  Kyra Williams paid a significant amount of money in rent to the landlord.  25% of the monthly payment was being collected for the purchase of the property.

Kyra Williams received notice of an eviction hearing for Dec. 21, 2009.  The reason for the eviction hearing was that unbeknownst to Ms. Williams, the landlord and owner of the home had defaulted on the mortgage for the property with CitiMortgage.  

Kyra Williams attended the 36th District Court hearing and tried to explain she was the tenant in the property and had a lease with option to purchase the property.   The lender CitiMortgage finally agreed to sell the property to Ms. Williams.   She provided proof of funding and even made repairs to the property in anticipation of purchasing the home in conformance with this agreement.  

Ms. Williams waited the final approval of the sale and a closing date.  Instead of a closing date, Ms. Williams recently received a message that CitiMortgage changed its mind and was moving forward with the eviction.  A writ of eviction has already been signed and Ms. Williams can be evicted at any time.

The City of Detroit has lost 250,000 people to foreclosures and evictions because of the actions of all the major banks, Citi, Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, etc., who have sn utter disregard for the rights of individuals like Ms. Williams and the destruction to our communities that evictions and foreclosures have wrought.

The Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Occupy Detroit and Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice are joining together to say enough is enough.  We are prepared to do what is necessary to keep Ms. Williams in her home and defend others like her.  We are joining with the Occupy Our Homes campaign which is staging actions all over the U.S. on Dec. 6.  And we are demanding that the governors and President Obama immediately enact a two-year moratorium on all foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions, especially in light of the trillion-dollar bailout to the banks which takes place with every foreclosure and eviction through the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


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President Obama must take action through executive order to defend our rights to our jobs and our homes.  Just as the Presidents bypassed Congress to wage wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, President Obama must bypass Congress to declare a war on unemployment and foreclosures and evictions that are destroying our communities.

Full Employment is the Law

The Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978 provided that within five years of passage of the Act, the President and Congress were to implement policies guaranteeing that the unemployment rate was never to exceed 4% a year.  In July 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was 9.1%, and the real unemployment rate, including discouraged workers who still want jobs and part-time workers who desire full time work, was 16.1%.  This is a gross violation of the law.

The Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978, Section 3111, mandates that when high unemployment persists (ie during a jobless recovery) the President is required to initiate supplementary programs to reduce unemployment.  Included among these programs are (1) accelerated public works programs (2) public service employment; (3) State and local grant programs; (4) extending unemployment insurance; skill training in both the private and public sector; and (6) youth employment programs.

The budget bill developed by President Obama and Congress, mandating trillions in cutbacks at the precise moment when massive federal public works programs are critical to fight unemployment, violates the Full Employment Act and must be immediately overturned and disregarded.  The President must take immediate action through executive order implementing programs to achieve Full Employment in accordance with the law.

Housing is a Right

Today the federal government, through its takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with the Federal Housing Authority, owns at least 75 of all mortgage loans.  ever, rather than utilizing this federal takeover of the housing market to benefit homeowners and renters, the federal government is continuing to bail out the banks, paying the banks full value for the fraudulent and predatory loans which they created, and then throwing millions of homeowners into the streets.

It’s time for the federal government to bail out the people and not the banks.  President Obama should immediately declare a two year moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions, during which times the loans could be renegotiated to their real value, with the banks eating the losses for the fraud they practiced.  Rather than selling off government owned housing to investors and sharks, the government should train our youth to rebuild these homes and reoccupy them with the millions of homeless and unemployed.

Fight or Starve

In the 1930’s, as direct result of the mass struggles of the unemployed and unions, 25 states implemented Moratoriums on Foreclosures.  The Michigan Moratorium Act outlawed foreclosures for 5 years.  In addition, the federal WPA, Works Progress Administration, put 8 million people to work, building schools, highways, bridges and dams which are still functioning today.  It was people hitting the streets in the millions that won these victories.  It’s time to revive that movement to guarantee our rights to jobs and housing, and to demand that President Obama represent the workers and poor who elected him, not the billionaires, bankers and generals who are setting policy today.

Detroit Eastside Neighborhood Assembly
Re-scheduled
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011  time: TBD

Corrigan Playground
(E. Warren Ave. & Alter Road, Detroit)

Speakers ~ Music ~ Free Food ~
Free Foreclosure Legal Consultation
Organize to
  • Stop Foreclosures
  • Save Public Schools
  • Fight for a Jobs Program
  • Demand Healthcare for All
  • Healthcare for All
  • Save Social Security
  • Medicaid, and Medicare
  • Stop ALL the Wars
Make the Banks Pay

  TELL CITY COUNCIL:
  • MAKE THE BANKS PAY FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR CITY
  • NO CUTS IN SERVICES AND ATTACKS ON PUBLIC WORKERS

           
While Mayor Bing and Detroit City Council argue over what city services to cut and many workers to lay off, the banks who are destroying our community and the city’s tax base with illegal foreclosures based on racist predatory loans, are reaping a bonanza off the city budget.

            This year alone, the banks are being paid $216 million in interest payments (profits) out of city tax revenues.  Casino tax dollars don’t even go into the general fund – they go to a trustee for payment of debt service to the banks.

            Why should the same banks which have leveled our communities have first lien on city tax dollars?  Rather than pay the banks hundreds of millions in debt service, City Council and the Mayor should be demanding that the banks repay the city for the destruction they have caused.  The banks should be made to pay for a massive jobs program to train our youth to repair vacant homes and rebuild our communities.

Article:  How the Banks Destroyed Detroit

Wayne County Commissioner Martha Scott introduces the Homeowner Protection & Neighborhood Preservation Act on April 7, 2011

For more information, contact the People Before Banks Coalition

The Moratorium NOW! Coalition urges everyone to support this initiative!

Stand with
                                            Wisconsin

Solidarity rallies and marches for Wisconsin workers planned for this coming week.  Visit http://www.bailoutpeople.org/

CLICK HERE for a listing around the country from Jobs With Justice Website

CLICK HERE to send a "Kill the Bill" email to every Wisconsin legislator!

DEMAND A NATIONAL MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS

Vanessa Fluker confronts Congress about the incentive for banks to foreclose on homes:

Most Home Loans Are Owned or Backed by the Federal Government
Federal Government is now the force behind most evictions
 
Today the vast majority of home loans are owned or backed up by the federal government. This means when your home is foreclosed, the government pays off the bank for the full value of the inflated loan, evicts you from your home, and then sells off your home to some investor for peanuts. This is a silent bail-out of the banks. Instead of evicting us from our homes, the government should declare a moratorium on foreclosures – just like they did in 25 states during the 1930’s. Then people could stay in their homes with affordable payments, based on the real value of their property.

Today the vast majority of home loans are owned or backed up by the federal government. This means when your home is foreclosed, the government pays off the bank for the full value of the inflated loan, evicts you from your home, and then sells off your home to some investor for peanuts. This is a silent bail-out of the banks. Instead of evicting us from our homes, the government should declare a moratorium on foreclosures – just like they did in 25 states during the 1930’s. Then people could stay in their homes with affordable payments, based on the real value of their property.

Today the vast majority of home loans are owned or backed up by the federal government. This means when your home is foreclosed, the government pays off the bank for the full value of the inflated loan, evicts you from your home, and then sells off your home to some investor for peanuts. This is a silent bail-out of the banks.

Instead of evicting us from our homes, the government should declare a moratorium on foreclosures – just like they did in 25 states during the 1930’s. Then people could stay in their homes with affordable payments, based on the real value of their property.

Demonstration called by the People Before Banks Coalition, and the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs
People Before Banks Coalition

 "Bail Out of Chase"

 
PBBC staff: Rev. Charles Williams, 734-652-6382 or Joan Smith, 402-689-8878. 
 
The People Before Banks Coalition unites organized labor, faith communities and local organizations in a campaign calling on JP Morgan Chase Bank to do the right thing. Coalition leaders are asking individuals and organizations to sign a pledge to withdraw their Chase accounts and/or cancel their Chase credit cards if the bank continues to reject two actions that are morally and economically just:
 
1. Declare a two-year moratorium on foreclosures
As a beneficiary of billions of taxpayer dollars spent to bail out the banks, Chase should take the lead in stemming the flood tide of foreclosures sweeping the country. In communities devastated by unemployment, people need a temporary bailout scaling back their housing costs to affordable levels.
 
2. Sever its business ties with the RJ Reynolds Corporation if
the tobacco giant refuses to join negotiations with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee over the slave-labor working conditions at the company’s contract growers in North Carolina. Chase is RJ Reynolds’ principal creditor.
 
To encourage Chase Bank to take these urgent steps, we are enlisting supporters to sign a pledge to withdraw their Chase accounts and/or cancel their Chase credit cards. The UAW has already made the pledge and we are asking individuals and organizations to join this campaign.
 
CHASE BANK AND HOME FORECLOSURES
 
JP Morgan Chase is now racking up growing profits at the same time it admits to massive irregularities in the foreclosure of homes without proper documentation. Chase and other mega banks would rather rush to foreclosure when the mortgage is federally insured, collecting the full value at taxpayer expense.
 
Chase proclaims that it has “offered more than 900,000 mortgage modifications to troubled homeowners,” but government reports for the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP Servicer Report, August 2010) indicate that Chase has a poor record for making these modifications permanent. Chase finds it cheaper to postpone permanent modification or deny it altogether if it can collect on federal insurance for the full value of the foreclosed mortgage.
 
Chase has joined only a portion of Michigan’s “Helping the Hardest Hit” for the unemployed, at the same time that the bank is the prime contractor to the state of Michigan for issuing debit cards to those collecting unemployment insurance. Chase Bank, while collecting the fees from those cards, should be in the forefront of guaranteeing that the unemployed do not lose their homes. (For more information, go to http://www.moratorium-mi.org/).
 
REYNOLDS AMERICAN AND MIGRANT FARMWORKERS
 
Every year, thousands of migrant farm workers travel to North Carolina to work for tobacco growers under contract to RJ Reynolds. Many suffer from subminimum wages, corrupt crew leaders, extreme poverty, unregulated labor camps, and serious daily health risks, including nicotine poisoning and heat stroke. JP Morgan Chase is one of the lead banks in a consortium of lenders that has invested $500 million in Reynolds.
 
UAW President Bob King recently visited the tobacco fields with Baldemar Velasquez of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. “Chase needs to help unemployed homeowners in Michigan and underpaid farm workers in the Carolinas,” King said on his return. “The bank could make a huge difference by suspending foreclosures and by pressuring RJ Reynolds to join negotiations with farmworkers and contract growers.” (For more information go to http://supportfloc.org/)

The People Before Banks Coalition unites faith-based activists, community groups, and unions on behalf of social justice. Its constituent groups include the Interfaith Workers Justice Committee, the UAW, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, Rainbow PUSH, Moratorium Now Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs,  and Jobs With Justice.
For more information, contact: peoplebeforebanks@gmail.com
Stop the Eviction of Michelle Hart and her Mother
Demand a Two Year Moratorium on all Foreclosures & Evictions
STOP Bank of America


UPDATE:  The eviction hearing for Michelle Hart and her mother has been rescheduled for Dec. 15.  It appears that the fraud (lost documents, improper title tranfers, robosigning, etc.) that has been exposed in hundreds of thousands of foreclosures around the U.S. may exist in this case as well.

The very same week that Bank of America -- and other major banks -- announced it was suspending foreclosures to try to clean up their massive fraud, Michelle Hart and her elderly mother were served with eviction papers by Bank of America!  Bank of America’s lawyers informed Ms. Hart’s representative that they fully intend to evict them from their Southfield home despite BOA’s public proclamations and the front page news headlines that call into question every property transaction during and after the housing crisis erupted.

WE DEMAND:  LOAN MODIFICATION, NOT EVICTION!

BOA would rather toss Michelle Hart and her mother, who suffers from pancreatic cancer, out on the street, than negotiate a loan modification.
Michelle Hart and her mother -- like hundred of thousands of others -- applied for a loan modification of their usurious, adjustable-rate mortgage from Countrywide and Bank of America to reflect her reduced income.  BOA refused to modify Ms. Hart’s usurious, adjustable-rate mortgage. BOA ignored the binding Consent Agreement to modify loans that it signed with the Attorney General’s office on Oct. 6, 2008.  BOA even received $7 billion from the federal government to participate in the Making Home Affordable Program.

Why is virtually every government program announced to help homeowners with modifications collapsing?  The programs don’t work because they are based on the belief that the same banks that have perpetrated and profited from massive foreclosure fraud, will treat borrowers who seek modifications in a fair manner when they seek modifications of their loans.  Borrowers are stymied.  It is a fact that the lenders either have no one to answer their calls, or when they do, the banks routinely deny the modifications, violating the banks’ agreements with the government to carry out modifications.  

IT IS IMMEDIATELY NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE A NATIONAL TWO YEAR MORATORIUM ON ALL FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS SO MORTGAGE PAYMENTS CAN BE SET BASED ON HOMEOWNERS’ ABILITY TO PAY AND THE PRINCIPAL IS REDUCED TO THE ACTUAL VALUE OF THE HOMES.  

The majority of home loans are now either owned or backed-up by the federal government through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or the FHA.  The president and the governor have the authority and responsibility to declare such a moratorium by executive order.  Join the struggle to demand a TWO YEAR MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS to save our communities and defend our human right to decent affordable housing.


SIGN THE PETITION:
DEMAND A TWO-YEAR NATIONAL MORATORIUMON FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS NOW!
Stop the "Silent Bailout" to the Banks!

Send online messages demanding that President Obama, Treasury Secretary Geithner, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan, members of the House and Senate Banking and Finance Committees, the Joint Economic Committee, Congressional leaders, your own Congressional delegation, the Governor of your state, and media representatives!  petition


FIGHT FOR A PROGRAM THAT PUTS PEOPLE BEFORE PROFITS AND WAR!

MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES & EVICTIONS
STOP THE “SILENT BAILOUT” TO THE BANKS
Today the vast majority of home loans are backed up the federal government through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA or the Veterans Administration.  This means when your home is foreclosed, the government pays off the bank for the full value of the inflated loan, evicts you from your home, and then sells off your home to some investor for peanuts.  The difference between what the government reimburses the banks for your mortgage and the price the home sells for is paid by the taxpayers. 
This silent bailout of the banks, which occurs with virtually every foreclosure, amounts to $400 billion for Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-backed loans, and hundreds of billions more on FHA properties.
Instead of the government evicting us from our homes, the government at both the federal and state level should declare a Moratorium on Foreclosures and evictions, just like the foreclosure moratoriums that were enacted by 25 states during the 1930s. Instead of the government bailing out the banks by paying off overvalued loans, they should allow people to stay in their homes with affordable payments based on the real value of the property.
And the criminal shut-offs of power by DTE and the Water Board must be halted so people can survive this economic crisis.

MONEY FOR JOBS, NOT FOR WAR
FOR A MASSIVE PUBLIC JOBS PROGRAM
The Pentagon war budget is over $700 billion a year, and that doesn’t even include the tens of billions of dollars a year spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and supporting Israeli apartheid.  It’s time to end U.S. wars and military occupations abroad.  The vast sums spent on war should be used instead for a massive jobs program modeled on the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s, and to provide free and universal health care for all.  A “jobless recovery” violates the Full Employment Act enacted in 1946 and reaffirmed in 1978, which mandates that the government has a duty to insure jobs for all.

END PRIVATIZATION, WAGE CUTS AND SCHOOL CLOSINGS
STOP DEBT SERVICE AND INTEREST PAYMENTS TO THE BANKS
THAT ARE ROBBING CITY BUDGETS
While services are slashed, city workers are being laid off and forced to accept draconian wage and benefit cuts and schools are shut down and class sizes increased, the same banks that have destroyed our neighborhoods have asserted direct control over and are robbing the public budgets.
This year alone, the City of Detroit will pay over $220 billion in debt service to the banks.  Casino tax revenues are handed directly over to U.S. Bank.  The banks have first lien on state revenue sharing dollars.  71% of state aid to the schools, amounting to $438.2 million this year, goes to the banks instead of being used to educate our youth.  The banks’ grab on school operating funds is slated to go up to $523.8 million in 2011.
In the 1930s Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy led a national movement for a Moratorium on the cities’ debts to the banks.  We need a Moratorium on debt service today to stop the banks’ robbery of Detroit and every U.S. city.

END RACISM & BIGOTRY – STOP POLICE BRUTALITY
FULL RIGHTS FOR IMMIGRANTS – NO WORKER IS ILLEGAL
Stop police brutality.  End the stepped up-raids by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the increase in hate crimes against women and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people, and lack of rights and accessibility for people with disabilities. These ills are meant to intimidate and divide the working class to prevent the kind of unified struggle needed against the banks and bosses.  We reject the idea that any worker is illegal and demand full rights for immigrant workers including the undocumented.

STOP ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION
FOR A PEOPLE’S TAKEOVER OF THE OIL COMPANIES
The BP catastrophe in the Gulf and the oil pipeline disaster in Michigan point out the need for a people’s takeover of the oil companies and energy monopolies to stop their destruction of the environment in their drive to maintain their obscene profits.  Oil and all resources belong to the people and should be controlled by the people to provide safe energy for all.

STOP UNION BUSTING – PASS THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT
While corporate profits increase, wages continue to decline during this “jobless recovery.”  We need to reinvigorate the union movement to guarantee jobs at living wages for all.

UPDATE:  MARVIN AND LOUISE MORRIS
  HOME SAVED!


It appears that we have won a victory in the Morris case.  Yesterday, Vanessa Fluker, the Morris's attorney, was called by the attorney for Homeq and Barclays.  He informed Ms. Fluker that they were adjourning the hearing for a judgment for possession scheduled for Friday, July 23, 2010.  In addition, they were proposing a resolution to this case that would allow the Morris's to stay in their home.

Based on this call, people do not need to pack the courtroom on Friday.

We want to thank everyone for the calls and emails to Homeq that produced this settlement offer.  ever, as no settlement is final until it has been reduced to a written agreement, people should stay on the alert.

Let's keep up the struggle to stop foreclosures and evictions and win the Moratorium that is so desperately needed.


Campaign and background:

HELP MARVIN AND LOUISE MORRIS
SAVE THEIR HOME


DON’T LET HOME EQ AND BARCLAY’S
DEPRIVE DETROIT SENIORS OF THEIR LIFETIME HOME


DON’T LET HOME EQ AND BARCLAY’S
DEPRIVE DETROIT SENIORS OF THEIR LIFETIME HOME

What you can do:

Thursday, July 22, 5:00 pm
Come to a Rally at the Morris home, 9592 Plainview, Detroit MI 48228 to express solidarity with the fight to Save the Morrises Home.

Friday July 23, 8:30 am
Pack the Courtroom – Judge Kathleen Macdonald’s Courtroom, Room 1107 Coleman A. Young Municipal Building, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.  Home Eq and Barclay’s are asking Judge Macdonald to issue a judgment of possession to take away the Morrises home.

Contact Home Eq’s Executives to demand that Home Eq stop this outrageous action of taking the Morrises’ home.

 email:
Art.lyon@homeq.com (CEO)
Keith.Becher@homeq.com,  1-916-339-6134-phone (COO)

Marvin and Louise Morris are senior citizens, 79 and 77 years old respectively. They have lived at their home at 9592 Plainview, Detroit, MI 48228 for 32 years. Their home was paid off, but unfortunately like so many others in Detroit and across the country, they were lured into a sub-prime predatory loan re-financing.

Since that time, the Morrisses have been in a constant battle to hold onto their home. They previously challenged Home Eq’s accounting practices, and received a settlement which Home Eq has not forgotten.

Now over a disputed arrearage of $7673.29, the Morrisses once again face the loss of their home. This time the courts have ruled against the Morrises, and they are facing imminent eviction from their home of 32 years.

During the course of this litigation, Mr. & Mrs. Morris have paid over $8,000 into escrow diligently paying their normal monthly payment of $467.00 per month since December 2008. This is on a monthly income of less that $1000 per month. There have been at least seven homes emptied by foreclosure on their block. A home across the street sold for $1200. If Mr. and Mrs Morris are evicted, their home will sell for far less than the $8000 they have paid into escrow. The amount in the escrow is more than the property in their area is selling for now.

HomEq received federal funding for modifications to “help” borrowers, yet HomEq has never even attempted to work out anything with the Morrises. Unfortunately, the Morrises are not alone, senior citizens are thrown out daily because servicers like HomEq refused to work with borrowers for homes that are now worth only $3000-$4000, like the Morris’ home. This conduct must be stopped.

Moratorium Now Coalition – 313-887-4344
The Banks and Wall Street are making the plans and pulling the strings!

Mayor Bing and Robert Bobb are their tools
  • Detroit Pension Fund ripoff…Detroit School closings/layoffs…
  • Foreclosures and evictions destroying neighborhoods…
  • City workers face wage/benefit cuts…
  • DTE utility shutoffs kill families…
  • DMC to be sold…Mayor’s bizarre “downsizing” plan…
  • Immigrant families torn apart by raids/deportations…
  • Detroit unemployment at 45% - why is there no public jobs program?…
DON’T LET THEM DESTROY DETROIT
 
Behind Mayor Bing and Robert Bobb stand the big banks and corporate firms – sometimes working through “non-profits” like the Skillman and Kresge foundations.  They have launched a wholesale attack against the people of Detroit, our democratically elected bodies (School Board and Pension Fund Trustees), our unions, our homes and schools – our very right to live.  We already gave these banks trillions of dollars in tax money bailouts.  Now they are back for more.


Sponsored by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
313-680-5508

Tell Governor Granholm:  IT'S AN EMERGENCY
 
Demand that the Governor use her powers to
DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY and a
MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES, EVICTIONS, and UTILITY SHUTOFFS


The people of Michigan need emergency relief NOW to survive the economic catastrophe that we are in. We demand that Gov. Granholm exercise her authority under MCL 10.31 to declare a State of Economic Emergency in Michigan and place an immediate Moratorium on all Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs. In addition, we demand that the State Legislature pass S.B. 29 which calls for a two-year moratorium on foreclosures.

Furthermore, emergency relief is needed in the City of Detroit, the hardest hit major city with 45% unemployed, families losing their lives due to DTE Energy shutoffs, neighborhoods destroyed by foreclosures and evictions, Detroit schools continuing to fail, and City services diminished due to lay-offs.

We must demand that the Governor apply to President Obama for money to bail out Michigan cities and towns, especially those with the highest unemployment.  This should also happen in every state. We need funds for jobs for youth to rebuild the houses that have been stripped and destroyed, and money to stop the destruction of public education and services in our cities. The money for the bankers, corporations and military must go to Bailout the People!

We demand that Governor Granholm:

  • Declare a State of Economic Emergency in the State of Michigan!
  • Order a Moratorium NOW to Stop all Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs in Michigan
  • Request President Obama declare Michigan a Disaster Area and Fund a Public Works Program to Provide Jobs Now
Join the Fight!
call 313 - 887- 4344 or email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org


65,000 lined up at Cobo Hall October 6 for a few dollars to pay rent and utilities -- many more are desperate and suffering?

IT’S AN EMERGENCY!

We won’t starve or freeze this winter!

  • Gov. Granholm has legal, constitutional powers to declare an economic emergency and impose a moratorium to stop foreclosures, evictions, and utility shutoffs. Tell her to do it. Call 517-373-3400.

  • Mayor Bing can request emergency help—just like in a tornado or flood. Tell him to do it. Call 313-224-3400.

  • Let President Obama know the stimulus isn’t reaching us.

We need jobs or an income, today. Enforce the Full Employment Act

We need a national moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.

Bail out the people—not the banks!

Call President Obama: Comments: 202-456-1111 or Switchboard: 202-456-1414.

TOGETHER WE CAN FIGHT BACK AND WIN


STAY PUT

Facing Foreclosure? Don't Leave. Squat. - says U.S. Congresswoman

Stop Foreclosures
                                        and Evictions

Bail Out the People
NOT the Banks!
Pass S.B. 29 NOW!

Senator Hansen Clarke Introduces SB 29
for the 2009-2010 Session   
Read the bill

  • Calls for a 2 - YEAR Moratorium on Foreclosures
  • Homeowner pays a reasonable rent in lieu of mortgage payments

Demand a Federal Moratorium on Foreclosures NOW!
BAIL OUT THE PEOPLE - NOT THE BANKS


  • Demand that the first item in any emergency federal legislation be protection for the victims of this crisis, the millions facing foreclosures and millions of others who are seeing their communities destroyed by the foreclosure epidemic brought on by the predatory lending and fraud of the financial industry.
  • Demand the enactment of an immediate 2 year federal moratorium on all foreclosures.   Such a moratorium is mandatory under federal law, which mandates the imposition of a moratorium on foreclosures whenever there is a declaration of a State of Emergency.
  • During the moratorium, an oversight committee of community representatives, civil rights organizations, unions should review and adjust every mortgage in the country, so people’s house payments reflect the real values of their homes and their ability to pay.  Such oversight cannot be left to the bankers or even to federal judges who are often disconnected from the reality facing working people today.
  • Demand that rather than spending $1 trillion of taxpayer money to bail out Wall Street, that money be used to guarantee people’s needs, for decent jobs, health care, education, etc.  It is the decline in wages, massive restructuring that has eliminated millions of decent paying jobs, and spiraling health costs that in large part has brought on this crisis, forcing people to take out unaffordable predatory loans just to survive.

The Moratorium Now! Coalition has been pressing for a statewide moratorium on foreclosures in Michigan and recently held a demonstration in Lansing, MI to support SB 29, which would put such a moratorium into effect. 

The Coalition is also demanding that new Detroit Mayor David Bing declare a State of Emergency in Detroit, the hardest hit city in the country by the foreclosure epidemic with an 25% home vacancy rate, and formerly apply to Governor Granholm to place a moratorium on foreclosures in Detroit pursuant to MCL 10.31

For more information contact 313-319-0870.



SIGN THE  ONLINE PETITION  demanding the Feds implement an
IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES AND EVICTIONS, NOW!

Videos

Sen. Clarke's Town Hall Meeting:  A Call to Build a Fighting Movement

Community Leader Denounces Banks - Calls for the People to Fightback

Attorney Jerome Goldberg Says Organize for a Moratorium NOW!

Save the Crosby Mint Farm



Struggle Stops Eviction
of Rubie Curl-Pinkins


July 25, 2008 - Victory was won today in the struggle to stop the foreclosure and eviction of Rubie Curl-Pinkins from her home on Holden Street in Detroit! more

Community Protest at Bank of America   photos

Interview with Rubie Curl-Pinkuns

Community Demonstration at Curl-Pinkins Home



Help Organize a Mass Movement To Demand Passage of the 2-year Moratorium on Foreclosures Bill

Only a state-wide, mass movement to demand passage of the 2-year Moratorium on Foreclosures Bill can overcome the power of the moneyed mortgage companies and bankers.  Everyone concerned must become an organizer!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
  • Get the word out in your area – put out leaflets and posters; write letters to the newspapers; put a notice in your community, union or church newsletter; talk to your neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers.
  • Gather and send in endorsements of the bill from your group – union, neighborhood association, minister/church board, student government, etc.  endorsement form    online endorsement
  • Get a resolution of support from your city council.
  • Be on the alert to organize for a massive demonstration at the Capitol in Lansing to demand passage of the bill.
  • Become an organizing center in your area for the “MORATORIUM NOW! COALITION to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs.”  Contact the Detroit office to be listed on the website and to get quantities of flyers, etc.
  • Donate to build this mass campaign.  Make checks payable to MORATORIUM NOW COALITION and send to 23 E. Adams, Detroit MI 48226.



Resources for Fighting Your Foreclosure and Eviction
Fighting Foreclosures

Know Your Rights - 36th District Court, Michigan

Contact Your State  and Federal Representives
Demand a Moratorium!

Directory

Places to distribute leaflets
Michigan Summer Festivals
Churches
Union Halls
Your County's District Court

Leaflets