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.
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.
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
Check out Issue 2 Volume 1 of The Home Defender, the official newsletter of Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson. Thanks to editors Caroline Stanton, Carolyn Phillips, and Alex Deane.
Click here: NLMH Fall 2013 Newsletter
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!
Today we are beginning a founding drive with an online fundraiser. We’ve achieved incredible things as a small, volunteer group, but we need your help to become a permanent organization. Please visit Igg.me/at/nlmh or click the card below to donate, and share via facebook, email, and twitter.
Join us in celebrating a holiday victory against Chase Bank! Beth Perry, a committed Nobody Leaves member, has had her foreclosure action closed by the NYS Supreme Court after the bank missed a filing date. Beth’s struggle for a modification will continue with your support, but this buys her much needed time.