Pope Visits Cuba

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Former Cuban President Fidel Castro meets with Pope Benedict XVI in Havana on March 28, 2012. The Pope called for the lifting of the US embargo on the socialist Caribbean state.

Republic of Cuba President Raul Castro greets Pope Benedict XVI during his arrival in the Caribbean country. The Pope called for the lifting of the US embargo on the socialist state.

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Join Milwaukee Jobs Act to Pack Hearing March 29 at Milwaukee’s City Hall

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BREAKING NEWS – The Milwaukee Jobs Act WILL have a hearing TODAY, MARCH 29 at 1:30. This is an ACTUAL REAL LIVE WE ARE ON THE AGENDA HEARING. After packing the room at yesterday’s Steering and Rules committee meeting, we are being given the opportunity to put the Community’s ideas on the official record. If you can get down to city hall at 1:30 (3/29) come STAND UP for the 5 polices supported by the Milwaukee Jobs Act Coalition!

Communication file on the Milwaukee Jobs Act to be heard @ tomorrow’s 1:30 p.m. Judicial & Legislation Committee meeting. Room 301-B, City Hall.

March 28, 2012 Milwaukee.

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Detroit, March 31: National Conference For a Moratorium on Foreclosures & Evictions

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Join the Moratorium Now! Coalition, Take Back the Land, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Oregon’s Project REconomy, the Bail out the People Movement, North Carolina FIST, Occupy Detroit and other community organizations and activists from across the U.S. at a:

NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO FIGHT FORECLOSURES

Share our experiences with direct actions stopping foreclosures and evictions and confronting the banksters – Discuss campaigns to occupy vacant homes – Build the Movement for a National Moratorium to Halt all Foreclosures –

Discuss how the same banksters who destroy our communities with foreclosures are behind the austerity being imposed on cities like Detroit through the threat of an Emergency Manager

Saturday – March 31, 2012 – Detroit, Michigan

Central United Methodist Church – 2nd Floor

23 E. Adams St. (at Woodward Ave.)

Registration: 8-9 am              Conference: 9 am – 6 pm

Agenda and registration on line at www.nationalmoratorium.org

Call 313-680-5508 for more information

In recent months, there has been a tremendous upturn in the movement against foreclosures and evictions. From Detroit to New York to California the Occupy movement, unions and many community organizations have organized direct actions at people’s homes and at the banks to prevent families from being thrown out of their homes by the banksters – and the federal government which bails them out.

However, as important as these actions are, they will be not enough to stop the two million foreclosures that already are being processed and the additional 3.8 million foreclosures projected to take place over the next 2 years. Along with continuing the direct actions it’s time to raise the demand that the government place a Two Year National Moratorium to halt foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions

In the 1930’s, 25 states enacted moratoriums on foreclosures. These laws were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Home Building & Loan Building Association v Blaisdell, which held that the people’s right to survive during an economic emergency superseded the contract clause of the U.S. constitution. The moratoriums were a direct result of the actions of workers and communities flooding the streets and preventing the foreclosures that were being carried out. The legislatures and courts essentially ratified the moratoriums that were won in the streets.

The demand for a Moratorium on Foreclosures has never been more timely. Today, with the federal government owning or backing 75% of mortgage loans through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD, and paying the banks full value for the inflated, fraudulent and predatory loans, the President has the absolute authority to implement a two year moratorium on foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions through executive order. People have the right to take over and occupy the 250,000 vacant homes owned by the federal government as a result of government-backed foreclosures.

The conference will be an opportunity to share our experiences fighting foreclosures and evictions through direct actions. We will share legal strategies in challenging the banks in federal and state courts. And we will plan a campaign to raise and win the demand for a National Two Year Moratorium on Foreclosures and Foreclosure-Related evictions.

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