Thanks to all who've joined our events!
Fundraisers, rallies & other gatherings build support, solidarity
– and they're fun!
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|Some 35 people braved the cold in Jan. 2016 to support Ms. Campbell (in wheelchair) against cruel eviction plan|
|Photo by Jim West|
Protesters tell Flagstar Bank - stop trying to evict Barbara Campbell!
Wheelchair-bound woman tricked into thinking her mortgage could be modified - then the bank moved to evict.
As Barbara Campbell fought to survive one medical disaster after another -- cancer, heart surgery, loss of kidney function and 3 strokes -- Flagstar Bank foreclosed on her Detroit home. Then, after many promises that it wouldn't do so, the bank moved to evict Ms. Campbell. Fannie Mae owned the mortgage, which Flagstar serviced for the federally administered mortgage company.
She clearly qualifies for modification
As a medical hardship case, Ms. Campbell clearly qualifies for the mortgage modification she applied for, and was told that during the modification review there would be no foreclosure on her home. That promise was broken in 2013. ?We continue to help her fight for her home.
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150 supporters enjoy free concert for Lela Whitfield fight vs. eviction
On Sept. 13, 2015, featuring local & metro musicians
The music ranged from neighborhood rap to blues to classical, gospel and much more. People came not just to be entertained but also to show solidarity with Lela Whitfield, a woman who is determined to save her home.
"Whitfield has attracted a legion of allies," reported an excellent Detroit Free Press article.
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'Stop Playing Games! Have you no shame?'
Marchers say: 'Keep Kenny and Sandi in their home!'
On October 25, 2015 a dozen people gathered in Grosse Pointe Park and marched and chanted in front of the Blackbird Asset Management office, which is also Eric Novack's residence. The home was decorated with a Halloween theme, including tombstones.
Detroit Eviction Defense organized the action to encourage Blackbird's neighbors to call or email a request that the company arrange either the purchase of the Detroit home Kenny Brinkley's family has lived in since 1951 or its rental to Sandi and Kenny Brinkley. Sandi and Kenny lost the home to tax foreclosure to California investor John C. Haedrich of Sussex Immobilier. Find out more.
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|Neighbors & Eviction Defense supporters gathered in a block party July 18, 2015 to kick off the defense of Lela Whitfield's home
Photo by Carmen Regalado
|Neighbors & Eviction Defense supporters gathered in a block party July 18, 2015 to kick off the defense of Lela Whitfield's home Photo by Carmen Regalado|
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|Folks who supported the Gratiot- McDougall families at the May 16 "One Day Longer" barbecue enjoyed terrific food & music.|
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Jazz benefit & ruling bolster Motown couple threatened with eviction
|Above: Kenny Brinkley & Sandi Combs, surrounded by supporters who backed them in court. See excellent Fox2 News story on how they won a delay in Feb. 2015 eviction proceedings as they organize to save their home.
Right: Cool Aid benefit at Bert's Place Feb. 19 had great jazz music & camaraderie & helped raise money for their fight..
|Photos by Valerie Jean, Bob Ingalls & Jim West|
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Fundraising auction party to support eviction victory was wonderful!
Thanks to all who came on Jan. 24, 2015 & contributed so generously
|Crowd enjoying performance by Motown's legendary Stubb Girls.|
|Ms. Dee Lewis (r) was featured dancer.|
|Photos by Ron Lare & LaDonna Little|
The large crowd (impossible to count!) enjoyed great home-cooked food, music, dancing and camaraderie.
Guests bid on over 100 items availlable for a Silent Auction, plus others at a Tin Can Door Auction. Tsehaya Smith & her committee went all-out and raised more than enough to keep her secure in her home & reimburse supporters.
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Fundraiser/ Harvest Party for Gratiot McDougall families was packed!
Nov. 2014 event to help 15 families fight eviction
The Gratiot McDougall families are grateful for the outpouring of solidarity and needed cash to help save their homes. Supporters were inspired by their courage in standing up to a West Bloomfield developer who deceived them. He then tried to evict them & sell their homes to distant investors. This is a defining battle for all Detroiters struggling against predatory investors.
|After this protest at the Federal Building, a group went up to HUD offices & presented our case to officials.|
We brought protests to HUD
Talk with Director could be fruitful
In a dozen cities across the nation on Sept. 9, 2014, we and other groups protested against HUD (Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) policies that cater to Wall Street hedge funds instead of Main Street families. A new report by the Center for Popular Democracy, "Vulture Capital Hits Home, How HUD is Helping Wall Street and Hurting Our Families," details how HUD sells FHA mortgages to hedge funds with no strings attached, instead of modifying loans to keep people in their homes.
When we went to the 17th floor to deliver the report and raise local problems, the director of the Detroit Field Office, Michael Polsinelli, came out to discuss key issues with us.
The hour-long discussion focused on how the Ferndale Housing Commission discriminates against Detroit with HUD voucher policies that almost cost Charmonique Hopkins her home (read her story), and how local developer Peter Barclae tried to evict 12 families from the Gratiot McDougall homes built with HUD monies (read more).
While this opened the door to possible changes, homeowners will get justice only if we keep up the pressure on HUD, the Ferndale Housing Commission, Barclae, the city of Detroit, and the vulture capitalists that HUD allows to feast on struggling homeowners and tenants.
|A group of more than 50 rallied to support Gratiot McDougall homeowners on June 7 '14|
|More than a thousand people told Detroit July 18, 2014: 'Turn on the Water!'.|
|On July 11 & 18, Detroiters sat down to keep trucks from shutting off families.|
Fighting water shut-offs that endanger families
Thousands of Detroit families were hit with the dangerous, illegal water shutoffs this summer, ordered by the Emergency Manager. He used our tax money to hire a private company to do the dirty work, and some children were taken from families who lost their water service.
Detroiters held weekly protests, blocked departing water shut-off trucks for hours, and set up emergency help. Victims testified before bankruptcy judge Rhodes.
Registered Nurses declared a public health emergency. Then on July 18, more than a thousand people protested downtown, including delegates at the national NetRoots Convention. Protesters also targeted foreclosures, & other corporate & bank actions hurting Detroiters.
The outcry helped get the Manager to turn over the department to the Mayor, and won advance notice and relief for many families.
Letter from ACLU and NAACP insisting that people should be charged what they can afford, and get water for basic needs.
Hundreds of citizens marched at the Federal Courthouse in April, 2014 to back complaints filed over Emergency Manager Kevin Orr's Detroit bankruptcy plan. His "Plan of Adjustment" earmarks millions for the same banks that foreclosed on our neighborhoods, while threatening to slash pensions for city workers.
Photo thanks to Daymon Hartley
Protests filed vs. bankruptcy scheme
Objections were filed by the end of April to Kevin Orr's "Plan of Adjustment" for Detroit.
The plan gave lip service to attacking "blight," but ignores the causes -- predatory lending and massive evictions of families since 2008. It is funneling money to the same banks that foreclose on families, and attacking workers' modest pensions.
In February, '14:
Group urged Wayne County Exec to halt eviction of Jerome Jackson
|Supporters called on Ficano to stop the eviction; Jackson spoke of his dream.|
Wayne County broke the promise it made when it lured Jackson and other people with disabilities into buying homes. Because the County and Community Living Services pledged to help with mortgage payments, Jackson invested heavily into making his home accessible.
The County and CLS suddenly pulled the plug, and for years we helped Jerome fight back. He passed away in May, 2014, but was never evicted.
On August 19, 2013, over 250 people put on trial:
The #1 Loan Shark
Bankrupting Detroit: Bank of America
1) BoA-Countrywide swindled elderly, African-American, and Latino homeowners with predatory sub-prime loans, driving tens of thousands into default.
2) Former BoA employees said they were ordered to delay mortgage modifications and "lose" paperwork to drive up late fees.
3) BoA confessed to foreclosure fraud and promised state officials it will reform. Instead, BoA subcontracts the dirty work to servicing companies.
4) Detroit's neighborhoods & tax base are destroyed by foreclosure. BoA also swindled Detroit with casino-like bets on interest rates that drove the city further into debt.
On August 20, 2013
Our caravan to Chicago
exposed crimes of BoA & Fannie Mae
|After a small group convinced Fannie Mae to talk to us, the full group suddenly rounded the corner chanting in support. See video.|
50 of us joined up with over 200 Chicago activists - and we got Fannie Mae's attention!
We joined the Steelworkers Summer of Solidarity Tour and met up with Chicago activists to protest Bank of America and Fannie Mae’s role in the destruction of neighborhoods and the city’s tax base in Detroit and Chicago. Progress Illinois published excellent coverage of the Chicago demonstrations. See how we got Fannie Mae to talk to Baxter Jones
|Marchers got a warm welcome throughout this Southwest Detroit neighborhood. They rallied at the homes of two families facing eviction.|
|Many thanks to Jim West|
In Southwest Detroit in November '13
50 marched vs. evictions by Fannie Mae
Helped Hernandez & Orozco families fight eviction
|At the Hernandez home on Halloween, we celebrated our solidarity with the neighborhood.|
|In September, more than 50 people rallied in support of the Hernandez family.
|In a video by Excellent Schools Detroit, the Hernandez sisters talk about what their home means to them and how the threat of eviction weighs on them. See video.|
Marking the fifth week of our anti-eviction vigil at the Hernandez family home in Southwest Detroit, 50 neighbors and supporters held a spirited march through the neighborhood on Friday, November 8. They were warmly welcomed at the home of the Orozco family, which is also threatened with eviction, and got thumbs up-salutes and thank-you's from passers-by, drivers, and local residents.
Thanks to such support, the family continues to resist being evicted by Fannie Mae.
Family threatened by cruel policies
The Hernandez family – Ludim and Gabriela, their three daughters Kriscia, Yelinne, and Litzy (and their puppy) – are determined to stay in the Southwest Detroit home where they've lived for over a decade.
A judge ordered their eviction, and opposed this cruel act with all-day vigils at the Hernandez home, every day. We are urging Fannie Mae to accept a non-profit group's offer to help them regain their home, and we're going after the crook who swindled them out of their life savings.
Facing hard times and job layoffs, the family fell behind on their mortgage payments in 2012, and their home was foreclosed on and sold at sheriff sale to the giant mortgage company taken over by the federal government, Fannie Mae.
They were swindled out of $15,000 they paid to keep home
When they tried to buy back their home during the foreclosure process, the family got fleeced out of their life savings of $15,000 by Kenneth Sandoval, a wealthy Northville man who presented himself as a mortgage representative. He is now imprisoned.