Help stop eviction of disabled woman
Published Dec 7, 2008 7:17 PM
Vida Brown has lived in her home in Sturgis, Mich., since 1992. Sturgis is in
south-central Michigan, near the Indiana border, about 160 miles southwest of
Detroit. The 2000 census recorded the town’s population at 11,285, with
only 1.23 percent African-American residents.
Brown is a disabled African-American woman in her 50s. A chemical exposure at
work left her with feeding tubes and severe medical challenges. She became a
victim of mortgage fraud when she attempted to save her home after she fell
behind on payments due to medical expenses.
A bogus mortgage company, which subsequently had its license revoked, tricked
Brown into signing her house over to them. She continued making what she
believed were the mortgage payments.
Recently, after being served with eviction papers, Brown learned she had been
scammed and the house was in foreclosure. She discovered she had lost her
property rights and was only a tenant in her own home. She filed complaints
with the FBI, police and the State Office of Financial Services.
Despite these facts, District Court Judge William Welty, Deutsche Bank and its
eviction attorneys at Trott & Trott, P.C. have refused to even hear or
review this information. Instead they have forged ahead to throw Brown out into
Brown contacted people’s attorney Vanessa Fluker in Detroit seeking
assistance in her eviction case after she had been denied help by a local Legal
Aid office. Although Fluker was unable to represent her, since Sturgis is so
far from Detroit, she immediately contacted the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to
Stop Foreclosures and Evictions. She also helped Brown obtain legal counsel
from attorney Richard Black in Holland, Mich.
The coalition put out a statewide email blast on Nov. 24 to thousands of people
asking them to support Brown. National emails were also sent, and people
responded from cities as far away as New York and Baltimore. Brown’s
supporters flooded the Deutsche Bank headquarters on Wall Street with calls
demanding they stop the illegal foreclosure and eviction.
The coalition’s email blast noted: “In light of the fact there has
been fraud, and despite the fact that the eviction of Mrs. Brown could cause
severe medical damage and possible death, pursuant to letters from her
physicians—the bank and their attorneys don’t care. Voice your
support for Mrs. Vida Brown of Sturgis, Mich. Demand that Deutsche Bank stop
the eviction. It’s time to force the banks that are being bailed out
every day with billions of our tax dollars to respect the human rights of the
victims of the current crisis.”
Because of the pressure applied to Deutsche Bank, Brown and her attorney were
able to win a stay of eviction in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids,
The struggle to save Brown’s home is not over. Supporters are urged to
contact Deutsche Bank at 212-250-7125, the bank’s media communications
representative Mayura Hooper at 212-250-5536, and Trott & Trott law firm at
248-642-2515 to demand justice for Vida Brown and to stop the illegal
foreclosure and eviction.
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