Saturday, January 30, 2010
Penn Haven protests povertyShareThis
Students from Penn Haven join other activist groups in a Center City demonstration against federal foreclosures
A group of about 50 protesters blocked off the junction outside the Federal Building. The rally was among a series of protests aross the country calling for a freeze on foreclosures.
Amid a chorus of chanting, drumming and singing, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign member Jeff Rousset said, “I might get arrested later.”
A group of about 50 protesters blocked off the junction outside the Federal Building. The rally was among a series of protests aross the country calling for a freeze on foreclosures.
Spearheaded by PPEHRC, the protesters included students from Penn Haven.
Penn Haven’s mission is to learn how to best serve the homeless community, and it is “looking into all methods of getting equality for the homeless” College senior and Penn Haven member Jessie Streich-Kest said.
According to lead organizer, Cheri Honkala, “We have a federal emergency.”
As the recession drives more and more people from their homes out on to the streets, the group of demonstrators took to the streets. In addition to PPEHRC and Penn Haven, Kensington Welfare Rights Union and others partook in the rally.
“Last night Obama didn’t really mention anything about housing,” said KWRU member Natasha Euler.
According to Euler, the protesters were there to make sure that the government resolves the housing crisis.
“We see families everyday who come in to our office with small children who are homeless — we think that this is an emergency,” she said.
The activists’ answer to the housing crisis is a combination of protests for long-term gain and setting up the homeless in abandoned homes until the housing crisis abates, according to Honkala and Rousset.
Rousset’s explained his justification for squatting: “People are more important than property.”
The winter is especially cruel to the homeless, according to Honkala, and “it’s more important to keep people alive” than to stay within the bounds of the law.
No one was arrested at yesterday’s rally. Philadelphia Police Captain William Fisher said, “As long as it’s a peaceful protest … we’ll tolerate street blockages.”
But Honkala, who has been arrested during the course of prior protests, said facing down the police is part of PPEHRC’s plan to draw attention its cause.
“We really need to show our elected officials that we’re serious,” Honkala said.
Honkala said, “We will start to have arrests.”
Penn Haven Activism Coordinator and former Daily Pennsylvanian staff writer College senior Jimmy Tobias had prepared himself for arrest. He was one of the eight Penn students who attended.
“What we’re trying to do … is to be in solidarity with [the community],” Tobias said.
PThe housing crisis isn’t exactly going to disappear anytime soon, College senior and Penn Haven member Elena Stein said. But “as we listen to out neighbors … it becomes more clear how to help.”
For now, she said, the answer is still nebulous. “Come back to me in 10 years about that.”
Video: Eduardo Needs A Heart to Save His LifeShareThis
Here's some raw footage I took from the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Meeting in New Orleans on January 16, 2010 talking about Eduardo.
Eduardo, A 14 year old boy named Eduardo Loredo was hospitalized at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO, on July 2009. It was discovered that his heart was enlarging, making the pumping of the blood difficult. Eduardo has been at Children's for 3 months since July. Eduardo was given medication to improve his heart condition, but the medication did not have an effect on his heart. Doctors eventually told the family that Eduardo would need a heart transplant. Karina, Eduardo's mom, was then contacted by Kathleen Hurley, RN, CPNP, Transplant Coordinatorfrom the Children's Hospital in St. Louis to let her know that they would do the heart transplant and would pay for all the expenses as well. Meanwhile doctors had Eduardo go through risky procedures to examine his heart. A few days later Karina received a phone call from the Children's Hospital in St. Louis letting her know that they had made a mistake and Eduardo would not be receiving the heart transplant. When Karina called back Dr. Kathleen Hurley, she was told that there was no record of any procedures for Eduardo and that they had never promised to do the operation. Children's Mercy hospital (KCMO) then told Karina that in order to put her son on the waiting list for a heart, the family would need $100,000 as a down payment. Eduardo and his family don't have health insurance. On Wed. Oct. 14th, after being at Children's Mercy in KC, MO for 3 months, Eduardo was sent home by the hospital. Children's Mercy is currently providing Eduardo with IV and oral medication to stabilize his heart. He was denied being place on the waiting list and denied the heart transplant. We have to let our communities and the nation know that EDUARDO needs a HEART transplant and that this inhumanity against Eduardo and his family will not be tolerated. Please, help us spread the word and let us know if you know of anyone who could possibly help Eduardo.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
FREEZE FORECLOSURES NOW!!! - PPEHRC/KWRU Demonstration - Thurs, Jan 28 @11AM - Phila. Federal BldgShareThis
Thursday, Jan. 28 @ 11 am
Federal Building - 6th and Market (on 6th St. between Market and Arch)
Join the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), Kensington Welfare Rights Union, and our allies the morning after Obama's State of the Union address for an unpermitted rally and demonstration to demand a national freeze on foreclosures and evictions! PPEHRC is organizing similar actions at federal buildings across the country.
Poverty, homelessness, debt, and unemployment are rising while trillions are spent on wars and bailouts for the rich. Obama is feezing social services - we say FREEZE FORECLOSURES! Join poor and homeless people who are leading the fight for affordable housing and healthcare. Take action. Join the movement to end poverty!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
CHANGER Event: Music Benefit to End Poverty Now, Saturday Feb 13th- Lindsay StreetShareThis
Good Afternoon CHANGERs,
Attached please find the Poverty Music Benefit press page PDF. Please forward on to friends, family and contacts. Together, we can End Poverty Now!
PLAYING FOR CHANGE, Saturday / February 13th-- 7:30pm @ Lindsay Street Hall
Featuring Music Performances by: Eddies of the Wind, Arthur Godfrey and Ericson Holt.
A night of energetic compositions, raw Americana Talent and Vivid Songwriting with Crafted Songs that move from Smoky Roots Rock to New Orleans Jive.
Raffles: 3 Ocoee Rafting Trips & 1 TN River Kayak Tour
Hot Dogs by Good Dog / Cash Bar / Wings
For questions call 423-650-2577 or email email@example.com
Accepting winter items and blankets for local shelters/ community kitchen
Krystal Godfrey- CHANGER Member
Rockrap: What wasn't shown on the Haiti telethonShareThis
What wasn't shown on the Haiti telethon
George Clooney's Haiti -- and Beyond
by Jesse Lemisch
George Clooney (currently in "Up in the Air") organized on short notice a technically and musically fine two hour fund-raising telethon, "Hope for Haiti," which was broadcast on January 22 on most networks, many cable channels, on the Web, and both in and beyond the US. Here are two samplers of the music: one and two.
Performers included Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Rihanna, Madonna, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Sting, Shakira, Alicia Keyes, Dave Matthews, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, The Edge, Wyclef Jean, and many others. Strangely, most were not named, and your recognition of who was performing depended on how deeply embedded you are in current popular music, e.g. whether you can tell Madonna from Lady Gaga (who wasn't there.)
This was a worthy and well-intentioned endeavor, and we ought to be grateful to Clooney and the performers, who raised money for such good organizations as Partners in Health, and Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres). As for the content, people with Movement experience will be particularly struck by Bruce Springsteen's adaptation to the Haitian context of "We Shall Overcome," with guitar, accordion, and trumpet. Jennifer Hudson sang a gospelized version of the Beatles' "Let it Be"; and Wyclef Jean Gave an exhilarating performance, taking off from "Rivers of Babylon" (I'll discuss this below).
But, in most of the show, politics were verboten, as was anything about the history of the place. This left the audience to think that a terrible natural disaster had befallen Haiti, but ignorant of: the country's origins in a successful slave rebellion (with US support for French efforts to crush it); more than a century of French draining the economy for the money value of the slaves they had lost; nineteen years of occupation by the US Marines; US complicity with the Duvaliers; after earlier support, exiling of Jean-Bertrand Aristide on a US plane; the banning of the left party, Lavalas; the crimes committed against the Haitian economy by neoliberal economics via such institutions as the IMF (which, amidst the earthquake announced a wage freeze for public employees in Haiti.). This all added up to an unnatural disaster: enormous poverty, flight from the countryside to the city as the result of the destruction of Haitian agriculture by US dumping (rice) and the promise of low-wage manufacturing jobs (which didn't materialize); once crowded in the city, they put anything over their heads that they could, and of course these poor structures easily collapsed. Cutting down trees to make charcoal was one of the few ways of getting money, and that produced deforestation which produced floods. It denies history to see the US as free of responsibility for these things.
Historians are coming to realize that very few things are simply "natural disasters." Famines, for instance, can be made or exacerbated by governments. (Consider the English role in the 19th century Irish famine.) The earthquake would have been terrible anyplace, but because of Haiti's impoverishment by the West, its impact on life went far beyond 7.0 on the Richter Scale. The horrors visited upon Haiti are no more an "act of god" than were the horrors of Katrina.
Instead of the quite visible underside of the US role in Haiti , Clooney's telethon gave us Anderson Cooper patting on the heads of little black children who had been pulled from the rubble, expressing genuine affection for them but offering a classic tableau of white paternalism: as in Hollywood, so on TV, the experience of the Other has to be passed on to us by Somebody Like Us (as in "Schindler's List," or "Amistad" as described in my "Black Agency in the Amistad Uprising: Or, You've Taken our Cinque and Gone."). But most notable was the relative absence of Haiti itself from the music and sets (missing the color and wonder of Haitian art), conveying the accurate impression that this was something done for rather than by Haitians. There were a few Haitian performers including Jean and Emeline Michel (who sang Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross."). I was struck by the sight of Haitian singers singing (well) songs of Jamaicans Jimmy Cliff and Boney M., which reminded me of Ronald Reagan's discovery of Africa: "You know, they're all different countries down there."
The show came to a powerful and moving conclusion with Wyclef Jean singing the mournful "Rivers of Babylon" (video on the above Urban Daily site). Midway, he switches to Creole. Then, in a moment reminiscent of "Freunde, nicht dieser tone," he brings the music to a stop and cries out, "enough! Hold up! Let's show them how we do it where we come from,." followed by tooting horns, drums and Jean bobbing, wrapped in the Haitian colors. A mournful song becomes a song of resistance to the fate seemingly laid down on Haiti.
The US continues to view Haiti through a racist lens. This was shockingly clear in David Brooks's January 14 New York Times column, "The Underlying Tragedy." "It is time," Brooks writes, "to put the thorny issue of culture at the center of efforts to tackle global poverty." What follows is pure culture-of-poverty blame-the-victim stuff, reminiscent of, among others, Moynihan on the "pathology" of the Black Family: "Haiti ... suffers from a complex web of progress-resistant cultural influences," including Voodoo and "high levels of social mistrust." "Responsibility," he froths,"is often not internalized." Brooks has all but told us that they are a nation of welfare queens.
A different manifestation of this kind of thing appears in the portrayal of Haitians as constituting an unruly mob amidst "anarchy" and "chaos." This has been reflected in a shameful US policy of giving preference to the military over relief (food and medicine) on the assumption that the military is needed to keep order. The US simply occupied the Port au-Prince airport, set up their own air traffic control to replace the damaged original and proceeded to one of the great atrocities of this period: with priority given to US military flights, they turned away eight planes with field hospitals etc. provided by Medecins sans Frontieres. (They also yielded to high-level string pulling for the Pennsylvania governor's plane, and, incredibly, gave priority to two planeloads of Scientology healers paid for by John Travolta). The claim that an armed military is needed before food and medicine takes us back to the era of Gustave LeBon and the even more ancient idea of ordinary people (especially non-whites) as animals, mindless and selfish, predisposed to riot. This may yet happen, but only because authority has demonstrated again and again how unworthy it is of popular trust. Meantime, belying the stereotype, most Haitians patiently queue.
This takes us a long way beyond George Clooney. But both in popular culture and in foreign policy this country desperately needs to re-examine the lenses through which it views the non-white world.
Monday, January 25, 2010
MN PPEHRC Update: Heads up, Kangaroo Court to be Convened 2/1 @ 4:30 PM.ShareThis
Join the "Minnesota Four" resisters and supporters in front of Barbara Byrd's duplex in Brooklyn Park. We'll carpool from Hiawatha and Lake Street-directions will follow on Wednesday.
Barbara STILL has not received ANY response from EMC Mortgage to her request that she remain three more months in her home. You'll witness a reenactment of Judge Alton's dismissing Barbara's case on October 22nd, 2009 -hissing and booing welcome. (Some background on her case available at www.mnppehrc.wordpress.com where you can search on Barbara Byrd.)
Next you'll hear the POWERFUL PEOPLE's COURT rule in favor of Barbara against EMC Mortgage who assumed her Kangaroo Adjustable Rate Mortgage that she took out in 2005. She's been trying to get her loan modified ever since her payments jumped to an outrageous level two years ago. Heard at last, heard at last, great God almighty she is heard at last!
Updates on Linda Norenberg, Leslie Parks, and Ann Patterson
More good news for Linda! Chase bank returned to the table with an even better offer with payments that she can in fact afford on her family home in Robbinsdale. The bank has yet to document their offer in writing, so she will be holding out until her terms ARE met!
Leslie recently settled with the bank regarding her illegal lockout! Currently she is in negotiation to save her house in south Minneapolis.
Ann is into her fourth month of making trial payments to Wells Fargo on her Mineapolis home on a temporary basis. Meanwhile, while her frustration-level continues to rise as over and over again, the bank keeps demanding more documentation. Time may be on her side. The NYTimes just reported Friday that the Treasury will introduce changes next week to help fend off foreclosures, quoting a Valparaiso professor, the "Treasury has to find a way to compel the banks to take a hit." Our response-duh! The PEOPLE've been saying that for years...
SO PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS AS WE HEIGHTEN PUBLIC AWARENESS, IN FEBRUARY, OF THE DEEPENING FORECLOSURE CRISIS IN MINNEAPOLIS, BROOKLYN PARK, AND ROBBINSDALE.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Come to PPEHRC's First National Leadership Training at our National Center in Philadelphia!ShareThis
DOWNLOAD THE FLYER
The nature and causes of the “housing crisis”--which is actually a chronic reality for millions in the United States—will be analyzed. A primary skill focus will be on non-violent direct actions to promote the Zero Evictions Campaign and to secure the Right to Housing as defined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Global and National Zero Evictions Campaign and the struggle for the Right to HOusing will be tied to the upcoming United States Social Forum in Detroit and PPEHRC's March for Our Lives from New Orleans to the US Social Forum this spring.
The sessions and lodging will be held at:
PPEHRC Center for Education, Organizing and Culture
1542 E. Montgomery Ave., 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
CHANGER MLK Day ActionShareThis
PPEHRC affiliate CHANGER--Chattanoogans and North Georgians for Economic
Rights-- demanded jobs today, MLK's birthday, with scores of other
organizations and individuals. Marching with our youth leaders were people
of all colors and faiths in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, TN.
"From Lookout Mountain in Tennessee, let freedom ring!" --MLK
WRAP: Thousands of Voices, One Message – FUND AND BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING!ShareThis
To learn more or contact WRAP: call 415-621-2533 or visit http://wraphome.org/
January 20th 2010 – Homelessness Ends with a Home!
San Francisco, Federal Building at 7th and Mission, 11 am – 2 pm
On January 19 and 20, 2010, communities from up and down the West Coast will converge in San Francisco to demonstrate our immense energy and BE THE CHANGE this administration needs to do what is right. Shoulder to shoulder we will take the necessary steps to win affordable housing and civil rights for everyone! For two days we will organize, dance, and grow the movement for social justice.
The federal government created the contemporary crisis of mass homelessness.
It cut and refused to restore billions of dollars in funding for affordable housing and then shifted the focus on homeless people themselves as the cause of the problem. We are coming together to force the federal government to live up to its moral obligation and refund affordable housing.
The Untold Story – It’s a crime to be poor in the US.
Across the country local governments have initiated programs designed to force poor people out of our communities and into jails. These programs violate our civil rights and human right to housing, health care, and employment. From antihomeless loitering, sitting and sleeping laws to immigration checks at health programs and public schools to arrest histories in Public Housing, we must stop this universal pattern of oppression.
United, we represent the change we voted for!
Our communities represent millions of square miles, dozens of languages, and every color, age, sex, origin, gender, affection, and orientation. But we are united in defense of our communities: We will not sit idly by and watch our communities get torn apart by policing, neglect, greed, and gentrification.
We need you to join us!
Only the combined skills, resources, and talents of all of us working together can stop this injustice.
January 20, 2010 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration. We have held onto Hope for a year and are way past ready for the Change that was promised us. On that day we will demonstrate the immense power and energy of our grassroots communities and be the MOVEMENT this administration needs to do what is right. Together we can make sure that we all have an affordable place to call HOME and Civil Rights to protect us!!!
WE DEMAND THE FOLLOWING FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:
• Immediately restore the Federal Government’s affordable housing funding to comparable 1978 levels. (In 1978, the budget was over $83 billion – in 2009 it is a meager $38.5 billion.)
• Restore USDA new unit construction levels in rural communities to the 31,000 annually averaged between 1976 and 1985.
• Enact a moratorium on the demolition, conversion or destruction of ANY publicly funded units until federal law guarantees one for one replacement at
existing affordability rates.
• Ensure adequate funding for operations of public housing to prevent unit loss, high vacancy rates, and substandard living conditions.
ON CIVIL RIGHTS
• Stop police and business improvement zone programs that enforce “nuisance crimes” or “quality of life crimes.” These programs criminalize and remove homeless, poor, people of color, and disabled members of our communities.
• Call for DOJ to respond to LA community request for investigation of discriminatory police enforcement under the Safer Cities Initiative that targets
homeless, poor, people of color and disabled community residents.
• Ensure that the more than 914,000 homeless children in our public schools are able to stay at their “home school” are fully integrated with their housed peers and are provided the support they need to learn and thrive.
• Stop any and all questions regarding a person’s immigration status when they are requesting housing, healthcare, emergency shelter or services.
To learn more and join us: call 415-621-2533 or visit http://wraphome.org/
Get the full story from our website and download a free copy of Without Housing!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Trial to stave off activist's eviction gets pushed back for more talksShareThis
GMAC Mortgage wants "further conversations" with Rosemary Williams and attorneys. Some had vowed disobedience in protest.
By RANDY FURST, Star Tribune
Last update: April 28, 2009 - 9:00 PM
A trial to evict a Minneapolis woman from her
foreclosed house has been rescheduled for
May 26 after the mortgage company that now
owns the house said it wanted to have
"further conversations" with the woman and
The trial had been scheduled to begin
Tuesday. But at a news conference,
Rosemary Williams, who lost her house on
the 3100 block of Clinton Avenue to
foreclosure in September, said lawyers from
GMAC Mortgage, the new owner, had called
her attorney to ask for the postponement
and raised the possibility of negotiating with
Jeannine Bruin, executive director of
mortgage communications for GMAC
Financial Services, declined to comment on
what was being discussed.
After Williams failed to leave the house by
March 30, GMAC went to court to have her
evicted by sheriff's deputies. At a hearing last
week, Williams' attorneys asked for a trial on
Several groups that support a foreclosure
moratorium have vowed to use civil
disobedience to prevent her eviction.
Williams said she had been unable to make
escalating payments on a second mortgage.
In court papers, her attorney Jordan
Kushner said GMAC "should not be permitted
to harm the community for purposes of
property speculation, particularly where it is
receiving billions of dollars in federal
taxpayer funds for the ostensible purpose of
helping homeowners avoid foreclosure."
While declining to discuss Williams' case,
Bruin said "in general," once GMAC buys a
foreclosure house, its typical options are to
market it individually or combine it with
other properties it owns and sell it to
"It can be marketed as vacant or may be
marketed as tenant-occupied," she said. "We
do have a program called 'cash for keys' that
provides funding to the borrower for
relocation assistance, and we can also work
with the borrower on a reasonable timeline
to vacate the property."
Randy Furst • 612-673-7382
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Homelessness Ends With A Home Action!ShareThis
The festivities will begin the night of January 19th at 7 pm at the Sub-Mission Art Space located at 2183 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA.
There will be a press conference, organizers gathering, and dance party featuring the scorching rhythms of Grammy-nominated Fito Reinoso and Ritmo y Armonia!
The next day we will rally at 12 pm and then march to the new Federal Building to present our housing and civil rights demands to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. We will finish at Civic Center with food and music.
A detailed schedule of events will be sent shortly.
To see our demands and endorsers click here.
MNPPEHRC 2009 Year-End RecapShareThis
Galvanizing neighborhoodsIn January we started moving homeless families into vacant houses only to see the police quickly force people back out into the cold. So we launched the Underground Railroad in February as a way for people to help one another in time of need by physically moving those who are being evicted, storing their possessions, and providing temporary shelter.
Rosemary's refusing to leaveBy March, calls from the homeless declined as homeowners facing foreclosure started contacting us, reporting that banks were giving them the run-around. We brought in a social justice legal team to support Rosemary Williams' fight to save her home while our volunteers petitioned her neighborhood and joined demonstrations to stop sheriff sales on into April. Thus began joint actions with the MN Coalition for a People's Bailout.
Spreading resistanceFrequent press conferences and demonstrations, pressuring the banks to remodify adjustable rate mortgage loans like Rosemary's, caught the attention of the media. As spring turned into summer, other at-risk homeowners drew inspiration from Rosemary's resolve to stay in her house. Soon they too stepped out from their private lives to join the resistance. Martin Luther King Jr. once described this radicalization process: "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." Our own Leslie Parks remembers, "I had always lived a quiet life under the radar until the bank foreclosed on my mom." Today Leslie's home is a bold public display of her stand for social justice.
Fighting in CourtIn June, Rosemary's lawyers and finance giant GMAC's lawyers went to court. To the shock of the courtroom full of supporters, the judge denied all of Rosemary's motions. Later in a follow-up conference call again sided with GMAC, effectively stopping future negotiations.
"The courtroom, one of the supposed bastions of democracy, is essentially a tyranny. The judge is monarch," as Howard Zinn pointed out in Declarations of Independence. So it should have come as no surprise when Barbara Byrd, one of our longest-fighting resisters, filed a motion against her bank for violations, that the judge threw her case out of court leaving supporters stunned, her lawyer gasping. Barbara filed an immediate appeal, then called for a healing.
Communities coming togetherMN Clergy and Laity Against Foreclosures and Evictions drew neighborhood and faith communities together by conducting an August prayer vigil in front of Rosemary's, and a prayer meeting on the north side in the weeks that followed. Food poured in for supporters and neighbors who joined the 33-day 24/hour occupation of Rosemary's home after her first eviction that protesters thwarted.
Exposing Mortgage lending negligence and incompetenceThe U.S. "Constitution set up a government that the rich could depend on to protect their property," (again, from Howard Zinn). The result? Our system not only is unjust, but grossly inefficient. Take for example large financial institutions with problems in inter-departmental communication. Barbara Byrd on December 22nd received notification from her lender that they owed her $19.67 for a previous inspection. Remember, Barbara's duplex had been in foreclosure for months, with eviction imminent since July. Moreover, the bank's lawyers have YET to respond to her October appeal!
Leslie Parks endured not one but TWO illegal lockouts from her house by the bank. Apparently the right hand (administration) did not know what the left (inspections and foreclosure) was doing. The first illegal lockout took place in May BEFORE the sheriff's sale and the second happened December 8th, eight days after the end of her redemption period. Leslie with her lawyer and supporters will take the bank to court for this one at 9am on January 21st.
Declaring victoriesMartin Luther King, Jr. believed that "Direct action and legal action complement one another; when skillfully employed, each becomes more effective." At a November press conference in front of the Leslie Parks' house as eviction day approached, an independent reporter asked what could we do? "Call the bank," Leslie replied. After just three days of flooding the bank with calls from supporters and members of the MN Coalition for a People's Bailout with contacts from all over, the bank cancelled the sheriff's sale and CAME TO THE TABLE November 30th. The bank asked her what terms she wanted to get her house back! On December 9th the CEO personally CALLED her to apologize for the second lockout, thereby placing her in an unprecedented strong negotiating position.
In August, Linda Norenberg and Ann Patterson told their stories on KFAI radio featuring the "Minnesota Five." Three minutes after one broadcast, a lawyer who resides in Robbinsdale where Linda lives called to volunteer Linda her services. Suddenly the bank was on the defensive, ready-after over seven months-to negotiate. Meanwhile, Ann, after more than eight months of desperate attempts to renegotiate her loan with the bank, looks forward to the possibility of a permanent solution in January.
Turning setbacks into opportunitiesRosemary bravely proclaimed "IT's NOT OVER" after her brutal eviction on 9/11. Protesters who were arrested that night must make their first court appearance in January. The stress of fighting foreclosure took a heavy toll on the well-being of resisters and families. James Blair, Ona Kingbird, and countless others were forced to pick up pieces of their lives move on, leaving their blocks in desolation. While Rosemary still remains homeless, she is being invited to speak and inspiring others around the country- even across the Atlantic!! She has learned that residents of countries like Denmark and Sweden are shocked at the extent of U.S. mortgage loan fraud, past and present.
Unstoppable momentum thrusting us into 2010
Democracy Now reported as climate talks closed in Copenhagen."the US slammed through a flimsy agreement that was negotiated behind closed doors." Yet "concerned citizens who marched, held vigils and sent messages to their leaders helped to create unstoppable momentum in the global movement for climate justice." Back here in Minnesota while bankers meet behind closed doors, outside we shall continue to build momentum toward a two-year moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. We will keep up the pressure for support of politicians and community organizations for those in need of shelter, and increase public awareness of the OUR COLLECTIVE POWER to effect change during this ever-deepening crisis. Onward!
Check out our New Year's website! www.mnppehrc.wordpress.com/
Coverage from Action to save Eduardo's lifeShareThis
KMBC's Jim Flink reports on Eduardo Loredo.
Metro Teen Waits for New Heart
A metro teen is hoping for a life-saving heart transplant this Christmas.
Subscribe to Posts [Atom]