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Announcement :: Human Rights : Organizing : Social Welfare
Eviction Blockade Alert - Postponed For Now
29 Mar 2010
The eviction blockade at 18 King Street has been called off for tomorrow. The Humes family has petitioned for a stay and they will be in court tomorrow morning for a hearing. Please keep your guard up and prepare for a blockade as soon as Wednesday morning!!!! We will send out an email tomorrow afternoon, updating the status of a potential blockade.

The central demand of our movement for 3 years has been STOP POST-FORECLOSURE, NO-FAULT EVICTIONS BY THE BANKS. That's what Ursula Humes is fighting for on Tuesday morning. She is taking a stand on principle. Wells Fargo is evicting her no -fault. With our support, she will fight any no fault eviction by the bank.
Wells Fargo has an execution and has delivered a 48-hour notice to Ms. Humes for Tuesdsay morning, 9 am, at 18 King St. We will block this eviction. See attached press advisory.

The bank should sell the property occupied. They should accept rent meanwhile. When the bank sells, if a family buys 18 King St. and they want to move into the house, Ursula will move voluntarily. But she will fight any no-fault eviction by the bank.

We have won many victories. Many people have gotten their homes back at real value. Many tenants have won large settlements from the bank. Our organizing method has won national attention, most recently in a New York Times article. But the struggle is far from over.

What we are demanding is basic. Houses can be sold occupied. Wells actually offered to sell this house to the City occupied but they wanted too much for the numbers to work. Other banks have begun to offer to sell foreclosed property while occupied. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac agreed to stop post-foreclosure evictions and accept rent, although this policy has been applied unevenly.

We will continue to demand a total end to all no-fault evictions.

We are going to court on Monday to see if we can gain more time for Ms. Humes. We are not optimistic about that. But we will put out another email Monday afternoon to update.

Thank you for your support. As always, in eviction blockades, please follow the discipline of City Life and the Bank Tenants Assoc. in regard to
signs, chants, and tactical decisions.

Solidarity, City Life staff.

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