BOSTON/State House - Two dozen activists from the Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending and allied organizations held a press conference in support of a bill to "Prevent Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures" at the State House on Tuesday. The bill, House 4096/Senate 2298, was intended to strengthen 2010 state legislation that provided banks with incentives to meet with threatened homeowners to prevent foreclosure.
Tenant Coalition Protests Bank of America, Urges Kerry and Brown to "Tax the Cheats, Save Our Homes"
BOSTON/Beacon Hill - Over 30 people - mainly residents of housing subsidized by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and tenant organizations in the Save Our Homes Coalition - held a protest at the Bank of America on Cambridge St. on Saturday "to urge Sens. Scott Brown and John Kerry to tax the wealthy and big corporations"to prevent cuts to HUD that would displace thousands of Massachusetts tenants if enacted."
BOSTON/Back Bay - About 50 housing advocates from City Life Vida Urbana, Mass. Jobs with Justice, Service Employees International Union and various community organizations held a protest across the street from the Hynes Convention Center on Sunday where a meeting of the American Banking Association was taking place. The activists demanded "that banks immediately halt foreclosures in all 50 states and work to keep families in their homes through real mortgage modification, including reduction of principal.
BOSTON/Hyde Park - A group of over 30 housing advocates - many of them tenants in apartments subsided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - held a rally in Cleary Square Saturday in support of a raft of proposed legislation and treaties at all levels of government that would help low-income families remain in their current apartments at lower than market rates. The event was organized by the Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants, a statewide coalition representing tenants in privately-owned, HUD subsidized apartments.
BOSTON/Roxbury - Over 80 people rallied on Cobden and Cardington Sts. on the Roxbury side of Egleston Square Sunday to demand that giant banks that own several properties in the neighborhood stop all post-foreclosure evictions immediately and sell the properties to residents that live there or to a non-profit willing and able to set up a resident's coop. The event was organized by the housing advocacy non-profit City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenants Association - an organization of residents in foreclosed properties.
BOSTON/Government Center - On Tuesday, over 60 housing advocates, tenants and supporters attended a hearing of the City Council's Committee on Government Operations organized by the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending to push for a number of reforms to municipal and state housing policy. City Council president Michael Ross and Councilors Turner, Feeney (chair) and Connolly listened to testimony from a panel of housing experts assembled by MAAPL for well over an hour.
BOSTON/Copley Square - NEWS BRIEF - Close to 40 community activists and residents rallied outside a Bank of America branch to kick off "Thursdays-at-the-Bank" afternoon protests that run through March 19 in Copley Square. Organizers are demanding, "No More Bank Bail-outs" and "Homes & Jobs for People!" The action spotlighted residents facing foreclosures.
BOSTON/Downtown Crossing - Over 50 people - including members of the Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants and allies - attempted to deliver a "Save Our Homes Platform" to McCain Campaign Headquarters on Tremont St. last Saturday after a short march from a rally at nearby Park St. Station. The Platform calls for full federal funding for Section 8 and Public Housing, an end to predatory investments in affordable housing, and 10 other demands.
Coalition Calls for Corporate Responsibility and Investment in Boston Neighborhoods; Chuck Turner to Seek City Council Hearing
BOSTON/Government Center - When the Boston City Council convenes its regular weekly meeting today, Councilor Chuck Turner (G/R - District 7) says he will seek approval for public hearings to assess the degree of responsibility of “financial institutions” and “large-scale corporations” for the current local and national fiscal crisis. Turner and concerned activists hope the hearings will be the first step in a process of figuring out how corporations can assist in improving the financial well-being of Boston’s neighborhoods.
BOSTON/South End - As over 350 housing advocates, politicians, bankers and realtors filled the main ballroom at the Colonnade Hotel on Monday for the half-day Open Doors conference - organized by the Citizens Housing and Planning Association together with The Warren Group (publisher of Banker and Tradesman) and a number of major banks with the stated purpose of helping pro-actively implement foreclosure relief in Massachusetts - about 15 protestors held a demonstration calling for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures nationwide.