Stop foreclosures & evictions

Activists fighting to stop the ongoing epidemic of home foreclosures came together in Detroit on March 31 at a national conference initiated and organized by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs. ... Posted Apr 7, 2012

Dexter Cato is fighting eviction, and the community is helping by “reclaiming” his home. ... Posted Mar 23, 2012

A coalition of forces in Detroit is building a broad network of organizations aimed at winning a moratorium on foreclosures. A series of actions in March is targeting Chase Bank, one of the major culprits involved in foreclosures and home seizures. ... Posted Mar 18, 2012

A bank and a real estate company thought they were going to auction off Nell Myhand’s home at noon on March 8, but Myland and about a hundred of her friends had other ideas. ... Posted Mar 16, 2012

California homeowners who have had their homes foreclosed marched with their supporters from Caesar Chavez Park to the Capitol Building in Sacramento on Feb. 29. ... Posted Mar 8, 2012

A national conference devoted to the fight to stop foreclosures and evictions is set to take place in Detroit on Saturday, March 31. ... Posted Mar 4, 2012

Detroit Moratorium NOW! organizer Jerry Goldberg spoke in the Chicago area on Feb. 26-27.... Posted Mar 4, 2012

Metro Milwaukee residents and others from Fondulac and Racine, Wis., Chicago and Detroit participated in a “Stop Foreclosures and Evictions” meeting Feb. 25 in the heart of Milwaukee’s African-American community.... Posted Mar 4, 2012

Picture The Homeless recently performed a great service to the people of New York City, the United States and the world.... Posted Feb 24, 2012

A settlement has been trumpeted between the federal government and 49 state attorneys general with Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Ally Financial “to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses.” (Department of Justice, Feb. 9) While acknowledging the massive fraud perpetrated by these institutions in carrying out foreclosures, the agreement provides minimal compensation for the hundreds of thousands of families who have lost their homes.... Posted Feb 18, 2012

On Feb. 6, members of the Occupy Coalition in Milwaukee held a protest at the Chase Bank at Water and Wisconsin streets. ... Posted Feb 18, 2012

Activists in Detroit have scored four significant victories in the last eight weeks, each time stopping evictions and foreclosures by engaging in mass mobilizations.... Posted Feb 12, 2012

The Occupy Wall Street movement in cities across the United States took part in a National Day of Action to Occupy Our Homes on Dec. 6.... Posted Dec 14, 2011

President Barack Obama announced with fanfare on Oct. 24 that he was bypassing “an increasingly dysfunctional Congress” and issuing federal rules to offer relief for struggling homeowners who may soon be facing foreclosure. Speaking in Las Vegas, one of the cities in the United States hardest hit by the ongoing foreclosure crisis, Obama outlined a plan that would offer help to an estimated 1 million to 1.6 million homeowners. (Associated Press, Oct. 24) ... Posted Nov 7, 2011

Detroit lost 25 percent of its population in the last decade, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.... Posted Mar 31, 2011

Supporters came out the evening of March 25 to an emergency rally and fundraiser for beloved people’s attorney, Vanessa G. Fluker of Detroit.... Posted Mar 31, 2011

Protesters gathered Feb. 18 outside the McNamara Federal Building in downtown Detroit for a demonstration called by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs and the People Before Banks Coalition.... Posted Mar 5, 2011

On Feb. 11 the Moratorium NOW Coalition and the People Before Banks Coalition demanded that the federal government stop using tax dollars to reward banks for evicting workers.... Posted Feb 17, 2011

Political activists and community organizers, many of them facing home foreclosures themselves, took an active role in a series of meetings and rallies in the San Francisco Bay area the first week of February. In Bayview, San Francisco’s largest African-American community and in the mostly Latino/a working-class suburb of Antioch, they began building a fightback movement to demand an end to all foreclosures and evictions.... Posted Feb 13, 2011

Members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs along with other labor, community and student supporters took on Bank of America on Sept. 1 with a protest outside a main BOA branch in downtown Detroit. ... Posted Sep 12, 2010

California is in a state of economic emergency on many fronts. Not only does official unemployment hover around 12 percent, but approximately 702,000 homes — nearly 1 in 8 — are currently in foreclosure.... Posted Sep 2, 2010

The foreclosure epidemic ravaging cities and states across the U.S. shows no end in sight, with no real relief available to the vast majority of workers, homeowners and renters. More than 2.3 million households have been forced out of their homes due to foreclosure and repossession by the banks and lenders since the economic crisis officially began in December 2007. A million more will likely be added to those ranks this year, with some economic forecasters predicting 1.5 million additional foreclosures in 2011.... Posted Aug 25, 2010

More than 200 union members, retirees and community activists mobilized by the Atlanta-N. Georgia Labor Council and the Atlanta Fighting Foreclosure Coalition held a public forum on the housing crisis on July 22.... Posted Aug 15, 2010

A protest on July 22 to stop the foreclosure of Marvin and Louise Morris turned into a victory celebration after their mortgage servicer finally agreed to allow the elderly couple to remain in their modest Detroit home.... Posted Jul 30, 2010

Forty-five activists attended an organizing meeting July 17 at Central United Methodist Church in Detroit sponsored by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs. People’s attorney Vanessa Fluker outlined the story of 79-year-old Marvin Morris and his ailing spouse, Louise, who face foreclosure and eviction from their home of 38 years after running out of options in the court system.... Posted Jul 21, 2010

Supporters are urgently needed at Keith Sadler’s home in Stony Ridge, Ohio, just outside of Toledo. On May 2 Sadler and five supporters barricaded themselves inside the home to protest the bank’s foreclosure and eviction of Sadler from his home of 20 years.... Posted May 7, 2010

A report released April 14 by RealtyTrac reveals that the foreclosure crisis is deeper and broader than ever. Another report by the Congressional Oversight Panel formed to oversee the government’s response to the crisis, which harshly criticized the Treasury Department’s efforts as “ineffective,” shows that some in the capitalist class are very worried.... Posted Apr 24, 2010

Spokespersons for corporate Detroit have issued plans to take total control of the public school system as well as “shrink” the city over the next decade. These efforts come amidst the worst economic crisis in Detroit since the Great Depression. The city leads all other major urban centers in joblessness with an official unemployment rate of 28 percent.... Posted Mar 18, 2010

Attorney Vanessa Fluker, a leader of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs, was honored at a brunch held Feb. 20 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.... Posted Feb 25, 2010

More than 50 people who have either lost a home through foreclosure or are facing foreclosure took a bus from Los Angeles County to Sacramento on Feb. 10. The predominantly Latino/a and majority women caravan demanded that the governor immediately respond to the foreclosure crisis by declaring a state of emergency in California.... Posted Feb 18, 2010

Members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs joined activists with the Autoworkers Caravan and advocates for single-payer health care at a demonstration against the “jobless recovery” outside the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11.... Posted Jan 14, 2010

Two significant events have occurred in Detroit, a majority African-American city, that warrant the attention of people concerned about the plight and future of U.S. urban centers. Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s appointment of an emergency financial manager to oversee the affairs of the public school system represents a direct attack on the people of Detroit’s right to self-determination. The other was the re-election of Mayor Dave Bing, who ran on a theme of reducing the budget deficit through cutting jobs, salaries and city services.... Posted Dec 2, 2009

The Michigan Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs has recently scored important victories in the fight against home foreclosures and evictions. After a one-year battle, the coalition, along with neighborhood activists, stopped the eviction of Belva Davis and forced Ocwen Loan Servicing to modify her mortgage.... Posted Nov 12, 2009

“Essex County has the highest rate of foreclosures in the entire East Coast,” said Larry Hamm, chair of the People’s Organization for Progress, at their first protest against foreclosures at Bank of America in downtown Newark on Oct. 24.... Posted Oct 28, 2009

A Wall Street investment fund run by Wells Fargo rushed to foreclose on Belva Davis’ home last December. Neighbors and supporters braved snow and frigid weather to come out and show support as Davis began a long struggle to save her home.... Posted Oct 12, 2009

The struggle to stop foreclosures and evictions is heating up as a sit-in to prevent the eviction of a Minneapolis homeowner and activist entered its 19th day on Aug. 25.... Posted Aug 28, 2009

The unwillingness and inability of the federal government to enforce the few programs it has initiated to help homeowners and renters speak to the need for independent, militant, direct action by victims of banks and lenders—supported by their communities—to defend their homes.... Posted Aug 21, 2009

Protesters from throughout southeastern Michigan and beyond, including Lansing, converged on the brand-new multimillion-dollar DTE Energy building in downtown Detroit July 24 to demand justice for the Reed-Owens family and an immediate moratorium on utility shutoffs.... Posted Aug 3, 2009

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics published a report on July 2 confirming the growing economic disaster facing the working class. In June 14.7 million people were unemployed and the unemployment rate was 9.5 percent. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed workers has increased by 7.2 million and the unemployment rate has risen by 4.6 percentage points.... Posted Jul 22, 2009

The People’s Summit and Tent City was convened June 14-17 by a broad coalition of activists, many of whom were organizing under the banner of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions.... Posted Jun 25, 2009

The Bail Out the People Movement’s call for an emergency protest against a June 7 foreclosure auction demanded that “the City of New York, the Grand Hyatt and the Real Estate Disposition Corporation (REDC) cancel the auction, set up to allow financial predators to profit from throwing people out on the street.”... Posted Jun 10, 2009

An interview with Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke aired June 7 on the CBS television program “60 Minutes.” The Fed head talked about the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the U.S. economy that has propped up financial institutions, banks, and corporations such as insurance giant AIG. Bernanke glibly stated he was prepared to double the amount if necessary in order to stave off a collapse of the system. Any worker or poor person watching this interview probably could not help but wonder: How come the federal government, which so easily handed over trillions of dollars to banks and corporations, does practically nothing on behalf of working people? Where is the bailout for them?... Posted Jun 10, 2009

The home foreclosure crisis in the United States continues to grow in scope and size. Workers are losing their homes at record rates as mass layoffs and plant closings affect millions. A new twist has been added to the foreclosure disaster, one that accelerates the overall capitalist economic crisis even further. What started out as a racist, sexist ploy by bankers and lenders to lure poor and working people into usurious subprime loans has now grown into an avalanche of foreclosures on homeowners with prime mortgage loans, mostly workers who have lost their jobs.... Posted Jun 7, 2009

A militant demonstration on May 29 outside Bank of America in downtown Detroit stopped the scheduled June 1 eviction of Michelle Hart and her elderly mother. Countrywide Home Loans, which is owned by Bank of America, refused to modify Hart’s subprime, adjustable rate mortgage as required by federal law. The demonstration, as well as phone calls from around the country to BOA president Kenneth Lewis at the bank’s headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., forced the lender to adjourn the eviction.... Posted Jun 7, 2009

Organizers of the People’s Summit and Tent City taking place June 14-17 in downtown Detroit have announced several demonstrations and other events as part of its four-day agenda. The People’s Summit will counter the National Summit, known until recently as the National Business Summit, occurring June 15-17 at the GM Renaissance Center.... Posted May 31, 2009

A diverse coalition of poor and working people across the U.S. will actively resist a big-business National Summit which will gather in Detroit June 15-17 at the Renaissance Center, site of General Motors’ world headquarters. Here’s a short list of the business summit participants.... Posted May 31, 2009

Mark D. Fussner died May 22 after an hours-long shoot-out with police following the bailiff’s unsuccessful attempt to evict the 44-year-old homeowner. Two 24th District Court officers had come to Fussner’s home on Anne Street, in the working-class downriver Detroit suburb of Allen Park, to carry out a writ of eviction after foreclosure.... Posted May 27, 2009

Home foreclosures soared in April to a record-high rate. One of every 374 homes, or 342,000 homes in the United States, received a foreclosure filing: a notice of default, auction or sale notice, or bank repossession. Filings were up 32 percent from April 2008.... Posted May 25, 2009

Organizers of the People’s Summit, including a tent city, in downtown Detroit June 14-17 report momentum is building for the event. It’s billed as “four days of active resistance” to counter the National Business Summit held June 15-17 at the GM Renaissance Center.... Posted May 17, 2009

The Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions has announced plans for a People’s Summit in Detroit June 14-17.... Posted Apr 4, 2009

Although President Barack Obama has created mandatory and voluntary directives to mortgage lenders that they negotiate loan modifications with homeowners in default or foreclosure or in jeopardy of either, many have refused to do even what is minimally necessary to stop evicting renters and foreclosing on homeowners.... Posted Mar 25, 2009

No event is so tragic that U.S. financiers and brokers won’t look for a way to make money from it. It’s a relief when someone exposes them for the vultures they are.... Posted Mar 15, 2009

Millions of homeowners and residents facing foreclosure and eviction are hoping and expecting that the Obama-Treasury plan will afford them relief so they can stay in their homes. However, according to Detroit attorney Jerry Goldberg, who fights foreclosures and evictions on behalf of homeowners and renters, “The plan must be seriously amended in order to be truly effective and not be just another announcement that generates false expectations.... Posted Mar 15, 2009

The racist, sexist subprime mortgage industry and the crisis it created has especially affected women and their families, so it is no surprise that women are active in the forefront of struggles around the country to stop foreclosures and evictions.... Posted Mar 8, 2009

The Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions has launched a struggle to keep Anthony King in his home.... Posted Feb 25, 2009

The Treasury Secretary will soon announce plans for the federal government to essentially take over the failed mortgage industry.... Posted Feb 14, 2009

For over two years organizers have been fighting for a moratorium to halt the widespread foreclosure crisis engulfing every part of Michigan. Gov. Granholm has rejected demands that she declare a state of economic emergency and impose a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.Instead, huge budget cuts and layoffs are on the horizon.... Posted Feb 12, 2009

Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans announced Feb. 2 that his office will immediately suspend all sales on foreclosed homes in the county.... Posted Feb 8, 2009

An elderly widower died an excruciating death from hypothermia in Bay City, Mich., a small city 100 miles north of Detroit. Marvin E. Schur, age 93, froze to death in his own home after the city’s power company installed a “limiting device,” which shuts off electricity when it reaches a minimal usage level.... Posted Feb 8, 2009

Organizers with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions are gearing up for a Feb. 3 demonstration at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich., when Gov. Jennifer Granholm delivers her annual State of the State address. Activists continue to demand that the governor declare a state of economic emergency in Michigan and take executive measures to give immediate relief to the people, including imposition of a two-year moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.... Posted Feb 1, 2009

The Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions rallied outside Baltimore City Hall to call on Mayor Sheila Dixon and the City Council to make the city a “foreclosure-and-eviction-free zone.”... Posted Jan 16, 2009

Activists with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions are stepping up their struggle for a moratorium on foreclosures, evictions, utility shutoffs and plant closings.... Posted Jan 16, 2009

Jerry Goldberg is a retired auto worker, an organizer of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions in Michigan and a founding member of the Detroit branch of Workers World Party.
Posted Nov 20, 2008

The bank foreclosed on June Reyno’s home of over 19 years and ordered her eviction last week. Instead of quietly submitting, June has made a heroic decision to chain herself to her home.... Posted Nov 6, 2008

Following on the heels of a militant and successful march, rally and people’s hearing Sept. 17 in Lansing, Mich., as well as other ongoing protest actions, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions continues building its statewide network demanding the state legislature enact Senate Bill 1306, a two-year foreclosure moratorium bill.... Posted Oct 10, 2008

Chanting “Bail out the people, not the banks,” hundreds of poor and working people from across Michigan converged on the Capitol here on Sept. 17 demanding the State Legislature enact SB 1306, a two-year foreclosure moratorium bill. The action was sponsored by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions.... Posted Sep 25, 2008

In the middle of a work day on Sept. 17, protesters at the downtown Los Angeles Federal Building demanded a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions.... Posted Sep 25, 2008

According to, California already has 338,000 foreclosures filed in 2008, making it the number one U.S. state in foreclosures, with one-quarter of the 1,348,000 filed foreclosures countrywide this year. The crisis in California prompted the union and community organizations to create a Labor/Community Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions, which meets at the SEIU Local 721 office located in downtown Los Angeles.... Posted Sep 14, 2008

An important meeting in Los Angeles on July 26 launched a Labor/Community Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions. Does this gathering portend an opportunity for a revival of the labor and working-class struggle in the U.S.?... Posted Sep 1, 2008

An important labor-community fightback forum was held July 26 at the office of Service Employees’ Local 721 in Los Angeles.... Posted Aug 3, 2008

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