Tomorrow, at 10:30 AM, people will be coming together in Ypsilanti to discuss foreclosure resistance. The following notice comes from Ypsilanti’s Tad Wysor.
Pull out your long undies and wool socks, and consider joining us Saturday morning for a first “foreclosure research” canvass in eastern Washtenaw!
The new “Washtenaw Foreclosure Defense” group — an outgrowth of WCAT, Occupy Ypsi, and others — decided that talking to people directly in neighborhoods with high foreclosure rates would be a key early way to quickly get a handle on the problem in this area, AND identify people who might benefit from collective community action targeted, for example, at specific unresponsive banks.
We’ll be meeting at 407 W Forest in Ypsi, at the corner of Hamilton, at 10:30 am THIS SATURDAY, Feb 11. No experience necessary! We’ll go over materials and plans, answer questions, practice a bit, team up in pairs, and then fan out to visit folks in a high-foreclosure neighborhood till about 1:00. We’ll re-convene for a quick evaluation and sharing stories!
In addition to meeting some new potential activists and leaders, learning about potential local foreclosure issues, and exploring some alliances in the eastern part of the county, this will also be a chance for us to pile up some more Emergency Manager law (PA4) Repeal signatures — as we near the final certification of the signatures…almost there!
Gonna be a good time…Banksters beware!
As I’m not sure how Tad feels about having his email address posted on the blog, I’ve decided not to include it. If you want to contact him, though, just let me know, and I’ll pass along his contact information.
For those who are interested, there’s also going to be an Occupy Ypsi general assembly meeting tomorrow, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at the Ypsilanti Senior Center (1015 N Congress, Ypsilanti).
And, for those of you who are interested, background on WCAT can be found here, in an interview I did a few months back with local organizer Adam Warner.
update: Our friend Richard Murphy just left the following note in the comments section, and I thought that it deserved to be moved up here, to the front page:
A subscription to the Washtenaw Legal News would be another way to identify coming foreclosures — notice of an upcoming foreclosure has to be published over 4 weeks, making the “first insertion” of a notice for a given property in the Legal News a reliable 1-month countdown to foreclosure.
Also note that Washtenaw County has an excellent foreclosure prevention program that can help homeowners facing foreclosure understand and work out options. I’d encourage the “Foreclosure Defense” team to contact the county’s foreclosure prevention staff to ensure that they’re supporting the processes already in place, and focusing on the cases where the county’s process can’t help, rather than duplicating effort and muddying the process.
Their digits: “Whether you are in need of assistance with loan or foreclosure counseling or help getting out of a predatory loan, make your first call to 734-222-9595, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
[note: The context for the image used at the top of this post can be found here.]