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  3. Join the Moratorium Now! Coalition, Take Back the Land, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Oregon’s Project REconomy, the Bail out the People Movement, North Carolina FIST, Occupy Detroit and other community organizations and activists from across the U.S. at a:

    NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO FIGHT FORECLOSURES

    Share our experiences with direct actions stopping foreclosures and evictions and confronting the banksters – Discuss campaigns to occupy vacant homes – Build the Movement for a National Moratorium to Halt all Foreclosures

    Saturday – March 31, 2012 – Detroit, Michigan

    Central United Methodist Church – 2nd Floor

    23 E. Adams St. (at Woodward Ave.)

    Registration: 8-9 am Conference: 9 am – 6 pm

    Agenda and registration on line at http://www.nationalmoratorium.org

    Lodging info at http://nationalmoratorium.org/lodging/

    Call 313-680-5508 for more information

    In recent months, there has been a tremendous upturn in the movement against foreclosures and evictions. From Detroit to New York to California the Occupy movement, unions and many community organizations have organized direct actions at people’s homes and at the banks to prevent families from being thrown out of their homes by the banksters – and the federal government which bails them out.

    However, as important as these actions are, they will be not enough to stop the two million foreclosures that already are being processed and the additional 3.8 million foreclosures projected to take place over the next 2 years. Along with continuing the direct actions it’s time to raise the demand that the government place a Two Year National Moratorium to halt foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions

    In the 1930’s, 25 states enacted moratoriums on foreclosures. These laws were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Home Building & Loan Building Association v Blaisdell, which held that the people’s right to survive during an economic emergency superseded the contract clause of the U.S. constitution. The moratoriums were a direct result of the actions of workers and communities flooding the streets and preventing the foreclosures that were being carried out. The legislatures and courts essentially ratified the moratoriums that were won in the streets.

    The demand for a Moratorium on Foreclosures has never been more timely. Today, with the federal government owning or backing 75% of mortgage loans through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD, and paying the banks full value for the inflated, fraudulent and predatory loans, the President has the absolute authority to implement a two year moratorium on foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions through executive order. People have the right to take over and occupy the 250,000 vacant homes owned by the federal government as a result of government-backed foreclosures.

    The conference will be an opportunity to share our experiences fighting foreclosures and evictions through direct actions. We will share legal strategies in challenging the banks in federal and state courts. And we will plan a campaign to raise and win the demand for a National Two Year Moratorium on Foreclosures and Foreclosure-Related evictions.

    Tentative Schedule:

    8 am – 9 am:
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    9 am – 10 am:
    Welcoming remarks
    The depth of the crisis

    10 am – 1 pm:
    Reports on anti-foreclosure/eviction actions, direct and legal, from around the country: Oregon, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida– Take Back the Land, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Project Reconomy, Occupy.
    Report on the increasing Union role in fighting foreclosures including presentation on the UAW’s Social Unionism program.
    Discussion of the movement to take over vacant homes for the people.

    1 pm – 2 pm:
    Lunch and caucusing

    2 pm – 5 pm:
    How to win a moratorium on all foreclosures – action plans including Shareholder spring, DNC actions to press moratorium in Charlotte, NC, headquarters of Bank of America, May Day and more.

    6 pm:
    Socializing at “1515 Broadway” – community center that fought and won against Citi foreclosure/eviction.

    Sign the petition for a NATIONAL MORATORIUM ON FORECLOSURES at http://www.bailoutpeople.org/moratoriumpetition.shtml

    The coalition is open to all those who want to fight for the passage of a moratorium on foreclosures, evictions, layoffs, and utility shutoffs. We meet every Monday, 7 PM, at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit.

    web: http://www.moratorium-mi.org

    Reply to: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org

  4. We must stop the attacks on workers and protect their voices in the workplace. Growth of Small Business and Jobs are also being hurt.

    As I meet with the people in metro Detroit, I have to commend all the hard working women and men who already have volunteered to help stop the dismantling of collective bargaining rights by Lansing politicians.

    Now I am asking all Michigan workers to step up to stop the assaults coming from Lansing and Washington on working class wages and benefits, as well as the workers’ voices.

    It is very frustrating, after working with President Obama to bring jobs to the the greater metro Detroit area, to see elected officials in Lansing and Washington politicians working to make it easy for employers to reduce worker’s salaries and take away benefits, and to silence them by taking away their collective bargaining rights.

    I also believe you cannot expect small businesses to succeed, expand and grow jobs if there isn’t a middle class to support them.

    That’s why I need your help today.

    I’m asking Michigan workers to join me in signing a petition for ProtectOurJobs.com, and to help gather voters signatures in the campaign to place a state constitutional amendment protecting collective bargaining rights on the November ballot. (Deadline for submission of 322,609 valid signatures is July 9, 2012).

    Will you stand with me so I can also continue this fight in Washington?

    My campaign has an important fundraising deadline only 4 days away. Your donation today will have a large impact.

    Please donate $10 – or whatever you can afford – to help us grow a strong campaign to push back these attacks on the working class.

    Thank you very much for your help and financial support.

    Sincerely,

    John Conyers, Jr. MI-14

  5. The National Conference to Fight Foreclosures will be streamed live.
    To find the link to the live stream, follow the Twitter hashtag #M31foreclosure, or go to http://www.nationalmoratorium.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/171779859592661/

    The link will be posted prior to the start of the conference on Saturday morning.

    The conference starts at 9 am. Streaming will commence shortly after that.
    NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO FIGHT FORECLOSURES

    Share our experiences with direct actions stopping foreclosures and evictions and confronting the banksters – Discuss campaigns to occupy vacant homes – Build the Movement for a National Moratorium to Halt all Foreclosures

    Saturday – March 31, 2012 – Detroit, Michigan

    Central United Methodist Church – 2nd Floor

    23 E. Adams St. (at Woodward Ave.)

    Registration: 8:00 – 9:00am Conference: 9:00am – 6:00pm

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