Detroit, Feb. 13: Campaign Kick-Off Rally to Protest Fannie Mae, Stop Forclosures NOW!

FLYER: http://tinyurl.com/bxajef6

Stop Government Foreclosure of Our Homes!

Join Our Campaign Kick-Off Rally

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 5:00 PM

Make Fannie & Freddie Keep People in their Homes 

Metro AFL-CIO, 600 W. Lafayette, Detroit. Secure parking in rear

Families facing foreclosure can hear from homeowners at the rally who have successfully resisted.

When homeowners are foreclosed in Michigan, it’s now U.S. government agencies– not just the banks – that are forcing many families from their homes.  During the bank crisis, the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two failing companies that insure and buy mortgages from banks. Fannie and Freddie now refuse to help hard-pressed families Maewith loan modifications that reduce principal.

The government doesn’t even grant a hearing to Michigan homeowners trying to resist unjust foreclosures and defend their homes!

We are fighting for three things the federal government can do:

1) Due Process for All: We will announce a federal court challenge brought on behalf of a disabled Vietnam vet— and all other Michigan families facing Fannie Mae foreclosure—  calling for a due-process hearing that can expose potential bank fraud and predatory lending before foreclosure. As government agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now governed by the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, which says that no person shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” The case opens Feb. 20 in Detroit.

2) Principal Reduction: Fannie and Freddie should help families in need by re-ducing mortgage principal to reflect current market values.

3) Halt Foreclosures & Evictions: Fannie Mae has declared moratoriums for hurricane victims. The 75,000 Michigan families foreclosed on in the last year are also victims— of  mass unemployment and mortgage banking fraud.

You can contact us at: DetroitEvictionDefense@gmail.com. Or call AJ at 313-429-5009  Info at http://peoplebeforebanks.org/

Detroit Eviction Defense is a network of homeowners, union members, faith-based activists, and community advocates. We have rallied neighborhoods, picketed banks, blocked dumpsters, packed courtrooms, and marched on government offices to stop foreclosures and evictions. Bring your issues and support to our open meetings, Thursdays at 6 pm, location and info at www.peoplebeforebanks.org

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IAC Statement for National Week of Solidarity with Venezuela & President Hugo Chavez

Statement in PDF: http://tinyurl.com/b3kobeo

International Action Center
www.iacenter.org 212-633-6646
Founded by Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General

For Immediate Release:
Press Contact: Tony Murphy 347-602-1584

INTERNATIONAL ACTION CENTER STATEMENT FOR NATIONAL WEEK OF SOLIDARITY WITH VENEZUELA & PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ

Progressive & Anti-war Movement vows to stand with the Bolivarian Revolution &
to oppose any US destabilization efforts

From January 22 to January 31, activists in ten cities across the U.S. will hold various events in solidarity with Venezuela.

The week of solidarity was initiated by the International Action Center in response to the health crisis of Venezuela’s President, Hugo Rafael Chavez Frías, to send messages of good wishes to the President as well as to express solidarity with the people of Venezuela and its Bolivarian Revolution. In addition, the Week of Solidarity will send a message to President Barack Obama that the progressive movement is on the alert to oppose any possible intervention or destabilization efforts.

The IAC along with many progressive organizations including the Alliance for Global Justice, Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle, Cuba Solidarity New York, HondurasUSAresistencia, and many others are sponsoring the week of actions. As co-coordinator of UNAC (United National Anti-War Coalition), Joe Lombardo stated we “….sincerely hope for the swift recovery of the President and pledge UNAC’s opposition to any attempt to use President Chavez’s illness as an excuse to overturn the will of the Venezuelan people.  We will oppose all attempts on the part of the U.S. government to overturn the gains of Venezuelan society under President Chavez and all economic, military or other intervention in Venezuela.”

“This is a main message from all the sponsoring organizations” states IAC Co-Director Teresa Gutierrez. “The media in the U.S. attempts to delegitimize the election and the administration of President Chavez during this crisis, but there is no question that President Chavez was not only legally elected but is massively popular” said Gutierrez an organizer of the National Days. Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans came out on Jan. 10 to show support for Chavez.

The Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled that President Chavez could be sworn in at a later date. Yet the wealthy opposition continues to call for new elections and to question who is running the country, which can only be interpreted as destabilization propaganda.

The elite is perpetually in opposition to Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.  Why? Because the wealth of the country, especially from its oil reserves is no longer filling the pockets of the rich or the banks but is going to uplift the Venezuelan masses.

A Counterpunch article reports “With regard to…social determinants of health indicators, Venezuela is now the country in the region with the lowest inequality level…having reduced inequality by 54%, poverty by 44%. UNESCO has recognized that illiteracy has been eliminated; furthermore, Venezuela is the 3rd county in the region whose population reads the most.”

No wonder the people support Chavez and the Revolution. The opposition has cancelled street demonstrations called for Jan. 23, showing how unpopular the ruling elite is in the country.

Events to be held include protests in Boston & Los Angeles; in Detroit the Venezuelan Consulate will be a guest speaker and in Tucson a Teach-in will be held. For dates and locations of all ten events visit www.iacenter or www.afgj.org.

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Milwaukee, Jan. 27: Muhammad Mosque No.3 Jazz Fundraiser

Muhammad Mosque #3, 4202 N. Teutonia Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 3-7 p.m.

Featuring Jazz Saxaphonist James Dallas and Songstess Ozara Ode.
Powerful poetry by Kwabena Antoine Nixon, Muhibb Dyer, Melissa Blue, Yahminah McIntosh, Shelly Davis, Ms Jazzi, Firey Phoenix, Gat Turner and others.

$10 Donation

All proceeds will go to the Saviours’ Day Gift for the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

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Jan. 31, Detroit: Night of Solidarity with Venezuela

http://tinyurl.com/arffva7

Special Guest Speaker: Jesus Rodriguez-Espinoza
Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago

Thursday – Jan. 31 – 7 P.M.
Garage Cultural – Center of Art & Creativity
3439 Livernois Ave., Detroit
(3 blocks south of Michigan Ave.)

With Pres. Hugo Chavez ill, the United States government is working with right wing forces in Venezuela to promote division and destabilize that country. Show your support for the people of Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution.

Sponsors: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI.org); Justice for Cuba Committee; Green Party-Detroit; Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Elena Herrada, Centro Obrero; Moratorium NOW! Coalition Against Foreclosures; Workers World Party-Detroit; Judge Claudia House Morcom (retired) – Michigan Campaign to Free the Cuban 5

Call 313 680 –5508 for more information about Detroit event. Event is part of National Days of Solidarity with Venezuela – visit http://www.iacenter.org/venezuela/jan-2013-actions/ for more information.

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Urgent! Lynne Stewart’s Illness Returns

http://lynnestewart.org/

Lynne’s freedom and life itself in large part depends on our solidarity.

Lynne’s breast cancer has returned. Lynne was successfully treated, we had hoped, two years ago and given a clean bill of health, as much as such diagnoses can be counted on. But a single spot was found on one lung a few months ago. Now another has appeared on the other lung and others in her upper back, all associated with her original breast cancer. The prison officials are making it very difficult for her to access her needed medical treatment.

Write Lynne at:

Lynne Stewart 53504-054

Federal Medical Center Carswell

P.O. Box 27137

Fort Worth, Texas 76127

Send your generous contribution payable to:

Lynne Stewart Organization

1070 Dean Street

Brooklyn, New York 11216

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