- Keynote speaker: Rosa Aurora Freijanes
- Cindy Sheehan, U.S. Peace Activist
- Update of the case and the international campaign for the freedom of the Cuban 5
Friday August 17, 6pm
Hotel Palacio Azteca
Blvd. Cuauhtémoc Sur # 213
Colonia Dávila, Tijuana México
This event is part of the U.S./Cuba/Mexico/Latin America Labor Conference from August 15-19, 2012.
For more information for the Cuban 5 event call: 510-219-0092.
For more information about the Labor Conference call: 619-829-7130
WI BOPM joined members of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood July 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina to defend the Family Reproductive Health clinic against right-wing extremists.
See photos here: http://tinyurl.com/cscj5u7
From Detroit Eviction Defense:
Despite the encouraging news reported below concerning the campaign to keep Jennifer Britt in her home, there is no evidence that the court’s eviction order isn’t still in the bailiff’s docket for dumpster delivery. It has happened before: negotiations for a favorable settlement appear to be moving in the right direction, but the court’s eviction process continues on automatic pilot and the dumpster arrives anyway.
The outstanding turnout we had on Tuesday’s vigil reinforced the message that Jennifer’s neighbors and supporters will oppose the placing of a dumpster in front of her house. As a result, Fannie Mae announced it would suspend the eviction for several days and review Jennifer’s case.
We are hopeful (again, see below). But we are also wary, so we will continue the vigil Friday and we are placing a special emphasis on building the vigil for Monday and Tuesday of next week. If you can come by on Friday and hang with us, that would be great, but any time you can spare next week would be especially appreciated. Please email us at DetroitEvictionDefense@gmail.com and let us know when you can join us for an hour or two or more on Monday and Tuesday, from 6am onwards.
Southwest Housing Solutions made a new offer on Tuesday to buy Jennifer’s home from Fannie Mae, the federally operated agency that bailed out Flagstar Bank after it foreclosed on Jennifer and her family. Southwest is committed to sell the house to Jennifer on favorable terms that reflect the diminished market value of the home. Fannie Mae has so far refused to sell for anything less than the inflated value it paid to Flagstar— but on Wednesday it sent an appraiser to make an assessment of the home’s market value.
We hope this means Fannie Mae has come to its senses as a result of the pressure we have brought in demonstrations, pickets, and especially, the vigil at Jennifer’s home. The political pressure applied by Senators Stabenow and Levin and Congressmen Clarke and Conyers is the result of this mobilization. We thank them for their continuing efforts to oppose the misguided federal policy the bails out banks while people like Jennifer are threatened with eviction.
There are many thousands like her across the country, and there is a mounting protest against Fannie Mae’s double standard: taxpayer-funded bailouts for the banks who trashed our economy, while people like Jennifer are threatened with eviction. On Monday, July 30, at 11am, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign will protest at Fannie Mae’s Chicago headquarters, drawing attention to specific cases—including Jennifer’s—of people who have been harmed by the federal government’s failure to protect people before banks.
Jerome Jackson, a local homeowner also threatened by Fannie Mae eviction, will be driving to Chicago at dawn on Monday to represent Jennifer, himself, and thousands of others threatened by Fannie Mae’s taxpayer-supported eviction of families victimized by mortgage banking fraud. If you can join Jerome in his trek to Chicago, contact us at DetroitEvictionDefense@gmail.com.
And please continue the phone calls!
Call the Federal Housing Finance Agency and Fannie Mae and tell them to sell Jennifer Britt’s home to Southwest Housing Solutions so Jennifer and her family can stay in their house at 15701 Warwick, Detroit. Fannie sells to for-profit investors at below market, so why not sell the home to a non-profit like Southwest? Southwest has pledged to sell the home back to Jennifer at an affordable price. Phone calling keeps the issue in front of these officials: Detroit doesn’t need another empty house blighting the neighborhood!
Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) , Edward DeMarco, Acting Director, 202-649-3801
Federal Housing Finance Agency, Michael Powers, Ombudsman, 202-649-3805
Fannie Mae Chicago Office: 312-368-6200
Fannie Mae Mortgage Help Center: 866-442-8572
Ask our political representatives to deliver this same message to FHFA and Fannie Mae, and thank Senators Stabenow and Levin, and Congressmen Conyers and Clarke, for already doing so.
Senator Debbie Stabenow: (313) 961-4330
Senator Carl Levin: (313) 226-6020
Congressman John Conyers: (313) 961-5670
Congressman Hansen Clarke: (313) 962-7700
Congressman Gary Peters: (248) 273-4227
Congressman John Dingell: (313) 278-2936
For background information on the campaign to stop foreclosure evictions, go to peoplebeforebanks.org.
For updates follow us on twitter: @EvictDefense
Contact us at: DetroitEvictionDefense@gmail.com
Workers at Palermo’s Pizza have been on strike for safer conditions and union recognition for nearly 2 months. Palermo’s fired 75 dedicated employees in the face of unfair labor practice charges currently under investigation. A national boycott of all Palermo products has been called for until this labor dispute is resolved.This Sunday morning, join striking Palermo workers, students from the United States Student Association (USSA) and Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), and Voces de la Frontera, an…d other groups at the Costco in Middleton, WI.We will ask Costco (Palermo’s largest retailer) to respect this dispute, defend the right to organize, and stop selling Palermo products until its workers are treated fairly. Costco currently buys about 60% of Palermo products, and sells Palermo’s frozen pizza under the name Kirkland.
At 9:30 am, we will be holding a mass action to highlight Palermo’s worker abuses and distribute information on the boycott to Costco customers when the store opens at 10 am. A press conference will be held at 9:45 am.
USSA is the country’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive national student-led organization. They will be coordinating their national conference in Madison this weekend to join supporters of the Palermo Workers Union at Costco on Sunday.
Milwaukee: There will be a bus leaving Voces de la Frontera (1027 S. 5th Street) at 7 am, returning by 1 pm
Madison: Bus leaving the UW-Madison campus (in fornt of Memorial Union) at 9:00 AM. Also returning at 1 pm.
If necessary, feel free to carpool to the event. For any questions, please call Jorge at 414.552.1485
For background on the Palermo’s strike, visit www.sliceofjustice.com
From the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign:
Fannie Mae is trying to evict Maria Dolores, a member of Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction. Fannie Mae bought her home from OneWest Bank and has told Maria she needs to be out in the next several weeks. But they’re picking on the wrong homeowner! Maria has lived in her house for 15 years and is determined to keep it. Come stand with her as we demand that Fannie Mae return her home.