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Foreclose On Wells Fargo: Day 1

On the eve of Wells Fargo’s annual shareholders meeting in San Antonio, TX on Tuesday, home defenders, students, community groups, and activists in ten cities took peaceful action against the bank. Petitions signed by thousands of people were delivered to Wells Fargo branches and offices across the country calling on CEO John Stumpf to change the bank’s predatory practices. 

The day kicked off in Springfield, MA at the home of Diane and Ray Perkins, which was scheduled to be auctioned off by Wells Fargo on Tuesday morning.  


Members of Springfield No One Leaves, neighbors, and community members mobilized in front of the family’s home to stop the sale, causing Wells Fargo to postpone the foreclosure until May 12! They were joined by Doris Hair, Hildegard Spielmann-Dergamini, and Raphaela Vega, three other homeowners facing imminent foreclosure by Wells Fargo. Following the rally at the Perkins’ home, the group marched to a local Wells Fargo branch and successfully delivered the petitions to the bank’s representatives. 

Springfield Petition delivery

Over in New Jersey, home defenders joined forces with bank workers to take action in two cities. In Trenton, members of CWA Local 1037 passed out leaflets and delivered a petition asking Wells Fargo to put an end to excessive sales goals that force employees to push products on customers even when it’s not in their best interest. 

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In Irvington, members of New Jersey Communities United marched to two different Wells Fargo branches to stop Wells Fargo’s evil stage coach from running away with community wealth. 


They were joined by Mayor Wayne Smith who spoke of Wells Fargo’s record profits, and Jonelle Rodriguez- a former Wells Fargo employee who shared her experience as a bank worker trying to keep up with the pressure of meeting excessive sales goals. 


Yolanda Andrews, an NJCU member fighting to save her home from Wells Fargo, traveled to San Antonio as part of a contingent of homeowners planning to confront the bank executives directly at the shareholders meeting. 


Occupy Our Homes Atlanta joined forces with the Moral Monday Georgia movement to take on Wells Fargo who has carried out the most foreclosures in the state.


After a rally downtown, the group marched to a local Wells Fargo branch, where Reverend A. Motley of historic Lindsey Street Baptist Church led the group in calling on the bank to stop profiting off the backs of communities of color. 


State Senator Vincent Fort, legendary civil rights activist Fred Taylor, faith leaders, and students also spoke before the group delivered thousands of petitions to the branch. 


Actions also took place in Inverness, Fl, St. Louis, MO, Minneapolis, MN, Orlando, FL, and Seattle, WA on Monday with more expected on Tuesday


Make sure to follow Occupy Our Homes and the Home Defenders League on Facebook for more photos and updates!

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Foreclose On Wells Fargo: National Days of Action April 28 & 29


Earlier this month, we put the word out that we were planning to take on Wells Fargo and the response we got was overwhelming. So many people registered for an organizing conference call that we had to schedule a second one just to accommodate everyone.

Well’s Fargo’s well-documented history of abusive and discriminatory lending, servicing, and foreclosure practices have caused millions of families to lose their homes or be underwater on their mortgages. The bank’s actions have devastated communities across the country- impacting everyone from homeowners facing foreclosure, to students struggling to afford school, and immigrants fighting to keep their families intact. Even Wells Fargo employees are stepping forward to talk about how the company’s predatory practices hurt their workers and communities.


On April 29, Wells Fargo will celebrate it’s record as the country’s most profitable bank at their annual shareholders meeting in San Antonio, TX. People around the country are organizing to send a message to the bank that these predatory practices have to stop. Home defenders have launched petitions online, and planned actions at local Wells Fargo branches and offices, and some are even traveling to San Antonio to confront the bank’s executives directly.    

Join the fight to hold big banks like Wells Fargo accountable. Click on the links to take action, sign a petition, or get involved! 
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Home Defenders Take Action Against Wells Fargo in Support of 86 Year Old Grandmother Facing Foreclosure

On Wednesday February 19, supporters delivered petitions signed by over 2,000 people to Wells Fargo branches around the country, urging the bank not to foreclose on Lavinia Curry, an 86 year old Grandmother in Irvington, NJ. 


Despite being the most profitable US bank in 2013, Wells Fargo has continued to foreclose on struggling homeowners, instead of working with families to keep them in their homes. The latest victim, Lavinia Curry, purchased her Irvington, NJ home in 2003 with the help of her daughter Paulette. In 2010, the family missed ONE mortgage payment, but attempted to make the missed payment the very next month. Wells Fargo refused to accept the payment and began the process of foreclosure instead. A sheriff’s sale of the family’s home is scheduled for next month. 


With the help of New Jersey Communities United, the family launched a petition on that quickly gained over 2,000 signatures. “We have the money to pay, bu Wells Fargo refused to accept it,” said Ms. Curry’s daughter Paulette McQueen, who has been leading the fight to save her mother’s home. “For more than three years, we’ve been battling the bank to save our house so our mother can live out the rest of her years with dignity and respect in the place our family calls home. Wells Fargo needs to do right by our family.” 


In response, home defenders in multiple cities– including Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, and Orlando–held small demonstrations and delivered copies of the petitions to local Wells Fargo branches in solidarity with a similar protest that took place in Irvington. These actions represent the growing number of homeowners and community members who are calling for more solutions to the housing crisis, and for banks like Wells Fargo to reduce principal and offer affordable modifications that would keep struggling families in their homes. 


The city of Irvington has been particularly hard hit by foreclosures, leaving 47% of all homeowners underwater on their mortgages according to Zillow. This has led the city to to consider using eminent domain as a way to provide principal reduction, following the lead of Richmond, CA. 


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Community members block traffic in downtown Minneapolis to demand Chase bank negotiate with two families

From Occupy Homes MN

Community members marched through downtown Minneapolis and the Eviction Free Zone last week demanding JPMorgan Chase Bank negotiate with the Ceballos and Kelly families, both of whom face imminent eviction after foreclosure.

Supporters of the Eviction Free Zone, marched through two downtown skyscrapers, marching through Chase Bank lawyers’ office, releasing a balloon banner inside a JPMorgan Chase office, and blocking streets surrounding Chase Bank for an hour with a 20-foot tripod suspending a supporter.

“Chase Bank illegally dual tracked us and sent 30 sheriffs to evict our family’s home,” said Jonathan Ceballos. “But nearly a month later, we’re still there, and we’re not going anywhere. All we’re asking for is a fair negotiation.” After illegally dual tracking the Ceballos family–moving forward with eviction even as they said they were negotiating–Chase Bank sent 30 sheriffs to evict them on July 24, arresting 2 for nonviolent resistance. Supporters quickly removed the boards, and three weeks later, the family still holds the home. But Chase refuses to negotiate with Sergio or his neighbor Jaymie Kelly.

“I’ve lived in my home 30 years and on this block all my life,” said Jaymie Kelly. “I’ve already paid $425,000 for this house–five times what I bought it for. I’m not asking for a bailout. I’m asking for principal reduction to market value of $81,000 so I can pay for it again.”

Jaymie was tricked into a predatory loan after her husband died, and Chase refused to negotiate with her. She is awaiting a judgment from eviction court, and if the judge rules against her she could face eviction from Chase Bank and Freddie Mac as soon as this week.

“The federal government is investigating Chase for illegal activities in London and China, but not on Wall Street,” said Cat Salonek, an organizer with Occupy Homes MN. “They think the economy is recovering–but it’s only recovering for the 1%. We’re still losing our homes to the greedy banks. It’s up to us to hold them accountable in our communities.” Several candidates for mayor and city council attended the evening march in south Minneapolis, including mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges. “As far as I’m concerned, the city of Minneapolis is not in the business of providing private security for banks,” said Betsy Hodges. “I am proud to stand with you today.” Residents of the Powderhorn and Central neighborhoods in south Minneapolis have declared their neighborhood an Eviction Free Zone and have pledged to defend their neighbors from unjust evictions. They are calling for an immediate moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until policies are in place to ensure stable, affordable, quality housing for all.

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