HVFCU: Don’t Evict Our Neighbor Rosanne

Occupy Homes PhotoYou can help stop an unnecessary eviction.
On Saturday, March 29th, community members will be holding a vigil for Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson member Rosanne Phillips and her family, who are facing an eviction by the supposedly community-oriented Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU).
After being laid off during the height of the recession, Rosanne has found work as a part-time teacher. Just a week ago, she landed a full time job. Along with her husband’s income, they can pay for their home, and want to work out a solution. The HVFCU has refused to work with Rosanne and is pursuing an eviction. Does the Hudson Valley need another vacant home and another homeless family?
The HVFCU is supposed to be a community-minded institution. They aren’t acting like it right now.
We need your help to show that the community stands behind Rosanne and her family. Join us for a vigil on Saturday, March 29th.

When: 4pm – 5:15pm. 

Where: We’ll gather at the corner of IBM and Barnegat rd in Poughkeepsie (the parking lot of Avis) at 4pm. We’ll then head to the HVFCU’s main branch at 159 Barnegat rd.

How: Rides will be available from Vassar College and downtown Poughkeepsie.

We will listen to testimony, song, and speeches, and we will makes sure that the HVFCU hears community voices demanding not one more eviction.
Join us! Click here to RSVP to the facebook event.

 

Nobody Leaves Tells Freddie Mac that “We Shall Not Be Moved”

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As part of a national week of action led by the Right To The City Alliance, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson descended on Freddie Mac’s regional office to demand #Not1MoreEviction. Demanding justice for Jaymie Kelly and all the other home defenders, we sang “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Freddie Mac representatives met with us and took our petitions with over 10,000 signatures. You can see video of our action by clicking here.

This NYC action was one of seven that took place throughout the country.

By week’s end, Mel Watt had granted the first meeting to advocates (which includes us!) since taking office this year. Mel Watt is the new FHFA Director over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which control over half of all mortgages and significantly impact affordable housing.

Our message to Mel Watt was loud and clear: Stop all evictions and foreclosures until you have reviewed the draconian policies of your predecessor. 

Another Fundraising Success

Thank you to RESIST, which just awarded us a grant to support our 2014 work!

This is especially meaningful to us because of the historical struggles RESIST has been a part of. RESIST funds small grassroots groups committed to social change in the early stages of their organizing, and past grantees which received seed funding from RESIST include the Black Panther Party, SDS, SNCC, United Farm Workers, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, ACT-UP, and SOUL.

If you are part of an organization that might want to apply, or want to give to a great foundation that relies 100% on small private contributions, their address is 259 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02144. Their number is 617-623-5110 and their website is resistinc.org. 

Fundraising Success: Thank You to Our Contributors

Our founding drive to establish the group as a sustainable non-profit ended on January 15th having raised $7,113 from 72 different donors, over $2,000 more than our original goal. Another $5,000 will be added from an anonymous donor, bringing our total up to $12,113. We are well on our way to being able to hire a staff member and strengthen our fight against foreclosure and eviction in 2014 and beyond. For a relatively young organization, with limited access to foundation funding, every contribution was critical. A sincere thank you to all of our contributors, many of whom are listed below:

Amy Bix and Taner Edis,  Angela Giffin, Bill Hoynes, Eve Dunbar, Francena Amparo, Gary Heavner, Janet Jordan-Foster and Clive Foster, Jeffery Cohen, John Deane and Natasha Deane, Judy Lipshutz, Karl Kister, Kate Stone, Leonard Nevarez, Leslie Offut, Lewis Maltby, Margaret Hayes, Maria Hanzopolous, Marianne Stanton, Michael Haber, Natalie Ward, Nick Adams and Laurie Nussdofer, Pinar Batur, Robert Resnick, Sean Collins, Spencer Resnick, Sue Parsons, Suzan Frazier, Tim Koechlin and Katherine Joyce, Tony Brown, Yanee Ferrari

Flavia Perry Has Won Her Home

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It is with great pleasure that we announce that Flavia Perry has completed her journey and won her home. She has signed a permanent modification with Bank of America. For the first time in the history of the foreclosure crisis in the Hudson Valley, public pressure has not only reversed a foreclosure, but has won a permanent loan modification on our terms.

This ends a hard fought struggle. We cannot thank you enough for the work you put into it, supporting Flavia and Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson through the protests, petitions, letter-writing, and singing.

We say that when we fight, we win. That was true for Flavia and her family. It will be true for the other families of Nobody Leaves. This victory will be the first of many as we continue to grow and build our power.

Help us celebrate our victory by supporting our work with a donation. We are currently in the middle of a founding drive to become a permanent organization with staff. This will allow us to continue to score victories just like Flavia’s. Click here for more information and to contribute.

Once again, thank you for your continued support. Please spread the good news and share our updates on facebook.

Together in the struggle, we shall not be moved!

Tell Wells Fargo: We Demand Justice for Jim Oakman

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson member Jim Oakman is fighting for the home he grew up in, in Fishkill, NY. He qualifies for a federally administered HAMP modification, but Wells Fargo is refusing to work with him. Sign this petition to keep Jim and his son in their home with the modification that they deserve. Every signature counts!

http://start2.occupyourhomes.org/petitions/tell-wells-fargo-we-demand-justice-for-jim-oakman/

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Jim surrounded by the home defenders of Nobody Leaves.