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 exit I-75 at Northline Road (#37), east to Dix Highway, turn south and go 4 streets, left on Helen
11:00 am: Picket Bank of America’s nearby Southgate branch, 13763 Northline, just east of Dix Highway (aka Toledo Hwy), Southgate, MI
National Day To Stop Foreclosures! Detroit, Stop Evictions Now! – A No Struggle, No Development! Production By KennySnod.
Occupy Detroit, National Day To Stop Foreclosures and Evictions’ call for an end of foreclosures took the fight to one of the home of a Detroiter being evicted. Occupy demanded a Moratorium on Foreclosures & Evictions — Over sixty to seventy people protested Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011 demanding there be a National Moratorium on Foreclosures & Evictions. Saying banks have received government bailout money should better serve the people who provided the funds. The banks are getting very wealthy off of foreclosing on people’s homes, even though they took the $700 billion to do the opposite.
There’s a serious moral and ethical gap between us and what these institutions are doing. They don’t care about us, it’s all about the rich getting richer, we the people getting poorer. P.S., Occupy Foreclosures demonstration inhad participants support, including the UAW, Local and National Political Groups, Different Religious denominations, People Before Banks, Workers World, National Lawyers Groups etc. –
A No Struggle, No Development! Production By Kenny Snodgrass, Activist, Photographer, Videographer, Author of From Victimization To Empowerment… www.trafford.com eBook available at www.ebookstore.sony.com YouTube – I also, have over 234 community videos on my YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/KennySnod
By Diane Bukowski
December 7, 2011
DETROIT—Detroiter Kyra Williams can celebrate the holidays in her home on Detroit’s east side now that Citimortgage has backed off her eviction, in the wake of protests by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, People Before Banks, and Occupy Detroit.
“Last night, we got a call at 6:30 p.m. from the attorneys representing the mortgage company,” attorney Jerry Goldberg announced during a rally outside Williams home Dec. 6. “They said they heard that Occupy Detroit was going to be in the courtroom tomorrow and they put it in writing to agree to let Ms. Williams stay in her home. We have to remain vigilant because they’ve reneged before, but this shows the power of our struggle!”
After being brutally evicted by police from their camp sites across the nation, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has begun an Occupy Our Homes campaign, with a website at http://www.occupyourhomes.org/.
Over one hundred people in Detroit participated in the OWS National Day of Action against Foreclosures at Williams home. Earlier that day, they held a press conference outside the home of Rob and Debbie Henry in Southgate, who are slated for eviction Jan. 2, 2012.
Williams, whose church and community have assisted her in her offer to buy her home from her landlord, thanked the protesters as she stood side by side with her attorney Vanessa Fluker, also of the Moratorium NOW Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs. (Click on Kyra Williams flier for details of Williams’ two-year battle to keep her home.)
“I fight foreclosure cases every day in the courtroom, with everything I have,” Fluker said. “But that is an uphill battle. It takes people coming together as we have today to be victorious.”
She and Goldberg explained that seventy-five percent of evictions now are carried out by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, using tax dollars against the people who pay them. The two agencies reimburse mortgage companies 100 percent of the value of the mortgage, even though the actual value of the homes in many cases have dropped up to 80 percent.
“It’s a silent bail-out of the banks,” Fluker said.
Goldberg added, “We have every right to demand that President Barack Obama issue an executive order declaring a halt to all foreclosures. During the Great Depression, 25 states passed laws that made it illegal to foreclose. Here in Michigan, moratoriums were halted for five years, while judges made arrangements for payments that homeowners could afford.”
Also present at the rally were Rob and Debbie Henry with their nieces. They are slated to be evicted from their Southgate home Jan. 2. (Click on OCCUPY Rob and Debbie Henry home for details.) Occupy Detroit held a press conference at their home the morning of Dec. 6, and protesters outside Williams’ home vowed to be in Southgate on that day to occupy their home.
Numerous others spoke at the rally, including Belva Davis, who won back her home after the intervention of the Moratorium NOW! coalition, Joe McGuire of the Direct Action Committee of Occupy Detroit, attorney Tanya Phillips of the National Lawyers Guild and Michigan Legal Services, activists Abiyomi Azikiwe, and many more.