Clippings 8/12 – 8/14

Jennifer Britt Eviction Defense Continues (Occupy Detroit)

OccupyDetroit’s Eviction Defense Working Group continue their vigil, now in its third week of twelve hour days (6AM – 6PM), to prevent the eviction of Jennifer Britt from her home of twenty years at 15701 Warwick in the Rosedale section of Detroit.

After Representative Hansen Clarke (with support from Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow) requested a stay of eviction, Fannie Mae granted one, but will not answer inquiries as to how long it will be in effect.

“Whose House? Our House”: Chicago Communities Demand Eviction Moratorium (Occupied Chicago Tribune)

… nearly 150 community members gathered at the UE union hall in Chicago’s West Loop for a public meeting with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwincle to demand a one-year moratorium on evictions in the county, which covers the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

Lots more good stuff!

Photos/Videos of (un)Occupy Albuquerque (Sayrah Namaste (un)Occupy Albuquerque)

Getting ready for the sheriff…hanging up signs on Pam’s home. Come out tonight for 6pm potluck and sleepover to prevent eviction! Bank of America is illegally taking her home. Even the Attorney General’s office suggested she qualifies in the national lawsuit for wrongful foreclosure!

Her home is 600 Veranda NW just off 4th & Candelaria. We don’t know when the sheriff will come but possibly tonight or tomorrow (Tues). Would love your help.

Two Police Officers Die Attempting to Serve Eviction Notice (San Francisco Chronicle)

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann had gone to a home with an eviction notice just after noon, McCollum said. Thomas Alton Caffall, 35, then opened fire from inside, police said.

Officers responding to calls describing an officer down saw Bachmann wounded on the ground in the front yard, then got into what McCollum described as an extended shootout with Caffall, who eventually was shot.

Consumer agency proposes rules for mortgage servicers (Reuters)

Under the new rules, mortgage servicers also would be required to tell delinquent borrowers about options for avoiding foreclosure, such as loan modification, and to promptly consider applications for these alternatives.

The One Housing Solution Left: Mass Mortgage Refinancing (NY Times)

Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, has proposed a remedy. Under his plan, called Rebuilding American Homeownership, underwater homeowners who are current on their payments and meet other requirements would have the option to refinance to either lower their monthly payments or pay down their loans and rebuild equity…

The Merkley plan has a successful precedent in the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, established in 1933. It swept more than a million Americans out of foreclosure and into the long-term, stable mortgages that would become the hallmark of the middle class during the 1950s and ’60s. It’s time to revive this idea.

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