Rochester

Take Back the Land: Leonard Spears Confronting Wells Fargo

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmW5WvmBEXo]   Eviction defense is not just marked by an alliance on the eviction blockace, but instead a complete strategy of escalation.  We begin with the identification of demands, a choice on how we want to approach things.  With Leonard Spears, a person who was trying to resist an unjust foreclosure with the help […]

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Beyond Procedural Justice: Finding Our Foundations in the Worst Case Scenario

One of the foundations of foreclosure-based eviction defense tends to be a close reading of the entire mortgage history of the property.  This could include closely looking at all of the ownership records, reading through every single foreclosure document, looking up bank information, and so on.  The idea behind this is two-fold.  First, it gives […]

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Take Back the Land: The Case for Eviction Defense

Here is the story of Leonard Spears.  After remodeling his home with little money and a lot of hard work, a brief lack of income forced him into foreclosure.  Wells Fargo refused to negotiate a modification on his mortgage and then produced fraudulent documents, all to force him out of his home.  Leonard intends to […]

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Take Back the Land – Housing Liberation

As part of our housing campaign, we work directly with, and in support of, the Take Back the Land Rochester movement.  Using direct action, Take Back the Land both supports people defending their homes against unjust foreclosures and evictions as well as supports the liberation of empty, bank-owned homes so that homeless families can live […]

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Occupy Is Dead. Now What?

The Occupy Movement is a thing of the past. I think it’s safe to say that now. I don’t say this to be a downer on the movement or to destroy the momentum that we may have built. These moments of accelerated activity for the left are important, but they aren’t all that we are. […]

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Housing Committee Wins Award from Labor Council

At the recent Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation awards dinner the Housing is a Human Rights project gained some recognition, further driving a partnership with unions as we develop long-term solidarity. The recently named Jim Schmidt Award for Community Solidarity was awarded to the Metro Justice Housing is a Human Right Committee for […]

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Housing is a Human Right March

In October the Metro Justice Housing Committee called for the Housing Is a Human Right March as a culmination of the demand for a moratorium on bank foreclosure related evictions!  Together with Take Back the Land Rochester, and a slew of supporting organizations, we gathered together, rallied, marched, and spoke to council about what it […]

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