Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evicitions, and Utility
Shutoffs is a
coalition of grassroots activists and organizations, union and
religious leaders, farmers, politicians, and concerned citizens from
across Michigan that formed in the spring of 2008 to fight for the
passage of Senate Bill 1309, now numbered SB 29, which would stop all
and evictions for two years. Some of our most committed activists
have themselves been foreclosed and evicted from their homes and
The coalition is open to all those who want to fight for the passage of
evictions are devastating working families around the country.
One in nine homeowners nationwide is either behind
in their mortgage payments or their family homes are in foreclosure.
Over 80,000 homeowners have lost their homes in the Detroit area alone. The vacant
home rate in Detroit is 25 percent, second
only to New Orleans.
Michigan has led the nation in
foreclosures caused by the predatory sub-prime lending crisis on top of
a severe economic downtown. One in every 137 homes
in Michigan is in foreclosure. Michigan leads the country in
unemployment and poverty.
federal government has now taken over and bailed out the big
mortgage firms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac at taxpayer expense, it is
the government's responsibility to bail out and protect those who need
it most -- working people and their families, the elderly and the
disabled who are facing foreclosure and eviction!
The Moratorium NOW!
Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs has
been in the forefront
of a mass struggle to win a moratorium or freeze on foreclosures. It is organizing
throughout Michigan demanding passage of SB
29, a two-year foreclosure moratorium law introduced in the Michigan
Legislature by state Sen. Hansen Clarke. SB 29 is the boldest
Moratorium bill currently in front of a state legislature. It
set a precedent for the entire country! And
it would provide a strong impetus for people fighting for a moratorium
in other states.
The Coalition is
organizing a mass demonstration in Lansing, Mich. on September 17, when hundreds of
activists and foreclosure victims will surround the State Capitol to
demand passage of SB 29 and stop the foreclosure crisis devastating
families and neighborhoods en masse.
See www.moratorium-mi.org for
The Moratorium NOW!
Coalition has already scored important victories in the fight against
foreclosures and evictions in Michigan:
- Through a community rally
and picket of Bank of America, we successfully stopped the foreclosure
of Ruby Curl-Pinkins, a 72-year-old disabled woman, scheduled to be
evicted from her home of 35 years by Countrywide.
- We have intervened with
direct action to insure that other families facing foreclosure remained
in their homes even after bailiffs came to evict them.
- We successfully fought
HUD’s policy of violating its own regulations by not allowing continued
occupancies of FHA-backed homes by tenants after foreclosure.
- We won an important First
Amendment victory that guaranteed the right of anti-foreclosure
activists to leaflet and petition at sham “prevent foreclosure forums”
organized by Michigan’s pro-business attorney general for the banks and
- We have helped sponsor
legal challenges that have called into question the right of MERS, the
Mortgage Electronic Registration System, to carry out foreclosures.
MERS currently is the foreclosing party in tens
thousands of foreclosures in Michigan and millions nationwide.
ACT NOW TO HELP US
CONTINUE THIS STRUGGLE!.
What you can do:
Send email messages to
the members of the Michigan Legislature and the Governor demanding
the 2 year Moratorium at
Donate to help finance
The Moratorium NOW!
Coalition needs funds to continue the struggle to win a moratorium on
foreclosures in this hard-hit state. Funds are needed to
help with printing costs, phone calls, travel costs to get the word out
around the state. Every
donation raised comes from grass-roots donors.
Donate Now at http://www.moratorium-mi.org/donate.shtml.
To Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs
5920 Second Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202