September Movie Showing and Discussion on Neighborhood Activism

Join Washtenaw Eviction and Foreclosure Defense for a showing of the documentary Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street on successful neighborhood activism in Boston, Massachusetts. We’ll also discuss neighborhood-based activism in Washtenaw County– what is going on already, and WEFD and other groups can do in the future.

When: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ,218 N. Adams St., Ypsilanti
Flyer (PDF)

Here’s a description of the movie:

“…In 1985, African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative went on to gain national recognition as residents fought to close down illegal dumps, gain unprecedented control of land from City Hall and create a comprehensive plan to rebuild the fabric of their community. Through the voices of committed residents, activists and city officials, this moving documentary shows how a Boston neighborhood was able to create and carry out its own agenda for change.”

And here’s the trailer:

August 19: Put Bank of America on Trial in Detroit

At noon on Monday, August 19, join Detroit Eviction Defense to put Bank of America on trial in Detroit. Here’s a description, from Detroit Eviction Defense:

“Come to the Labor Landmark in Hart Plaza, Jefferson Ave. & Woodward in downtown Detroit, and march from there to Street Trial at the bank.

Become part of the jury when our own Street Theater group presents Our Indictment of 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 testify they were ordered to delay mortgage modifications and ‘lose’ paperwork to drive up late fees. BoA can profit on foreclosure when the government’s Fannie Mae takes the loss at taxpayer expense, but abandoned homes devastate our tax base, forcing the city further into debt.

3) BoA has confessed to foreclosure fraud and promises state officials it will reform. Instead, BoA subcontracts the dirty work to Green Tree Servicing and continues its fraudulent practices.

4) As Detroit’s neighborhoods & tax base are destroyed by foreclosure, the city is driven into bankruptcy. BoA swindled Detroit with casino-like bets on interest rates that promised easy cash but drove the city further into debt, undermining pensions and city services.”

Download a flyer from Detroit Eviction Defense (PDF).

June Community Meeting

Problems with your bank or landlord? Join the monthly open community meeting of Washtenaw Eviction & Foreclosure Defense. Learn about your rights, obtain free legal advice, and discuss ways to mobilize in defense of tenants and homeowners.

7 PM, Wednesday, June 5, 2013
First Congregational United Church of Christ,
218 N. Adams St., Ypsilanti
Questions? Call (734) 707-1933 or e-mail washtenawforeclosures@gmail.com

People’s Hearing Monday May 20th to Stop Fannie and Freddie Foreclosures

Join the Southeast Michigan foreclosure-defense coalition Detroit Eviction Defense for a People’s Hearing on Monday, May 20th, 4-6 PM in Dearborn:

Tell the Feds to Stop Foreclosures by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac
Organized by Detroit Eviction Defense
Monday, May 20th, 4 – 6 PM
UAW Local 600 Hall
10550 Dix Ave. at Wyoming, Dearborn MI

More information on the event at the Detroit Eviction Defense website.

If you want to get an idea of the kinds of testimony that will be presented to the delegation from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at the May 20 People’s Hearing, check out this powerful video produced by Detroit Eviction Defense on the effect of foreclosures on neighborhoods and families in Southeast Michigan, and what they are doing to fight it:

May Community Meeting

Problems with your bank or landlord? Join the monthly open community meeting of Washtenaw Eviction & Foreclosure Defense. Learn about your rights, obtain free legal advice, and discuss ways to mobilize in defense of tenants and homeowners.

7 PM, Wednesday, May 8, 2013
First Congregational United Church of Christ,
218 N. Adams St., Ypsilanti
Questions? Call (734) 707-1933 or e-mail washtenawforeclosures@gmail.com

April Community Meeting

Problems with your bank or landlord? Join the monthly open community meeting of Washtenaw Eviction & Foreclosure Defense. Learn about your rights, obtain free legal advice, and discuss ways to mobilize in defense of tenants and homeowners.

7 PM, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
First Congregational United Church of Christ,
218 N. Adams St., Ypsilanti
Questions? Call (734) 707-1933 or e-mail washtenawforeclosures@gmail.com

WEFD at EMU Eco-Justice Conference Saturday March 23

Hello neighbors! Next Saturday at Eastern Michigan University is the Eco-Justice Conference where WEFD will be doing a workshop about the development of our group, along with the success we’ve had working with residents to organize themselves in their HUD high-rise, where they’ve been continuously harassed by the office management. This workshop will be a great way to learn more about the work the Washtenaw Eviction & Foreclosure Defense has been doing and also how to get plugged in!

Our workshop will be at 10 am on Saturday, March 23rd. This event is free. Also, as a heads up, you might want to get there a little early (for other workshops and/or) because parking can be difficult if you’re not familiar with the campus.

Hope to see you there!!!!

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