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Monday, April 23, 2018 from 9-10:30am
Solidarity Needed. If you have time this Monday, April 22 at 9am, we need you! Tamika Powell, Brightmoor Homes resident will be in court this Monday at 9am in 36th District Court, room 434. You know how court can be an indimidating experience with opposing counsel on a first name basis with the judge and the push of a crowded docket to minimize any attempt to explain or defend oneself. "Not relevant!", says opposing counsel. Well, human beings are relevant and only with support can folks get some tilt in the scales back toward justice. Please come out if you can and join with others from Brightmoor and Detroit Eviction Defense.
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 2pm
Barbara Campbell needs our support in court! Judge Wanda Evans adjourned the eviction hearing last week because she hadn't read the briefs. The rescheduled hearing is Wednesday, October 26, 1:00pm, before Judge Evans, Barbara Campbell is trying to negotiate a settlement with Flagstar Bank that would keep her in her Detroit home. But the court case continues because Flagstar has not stopped pressing for a new eviction order. Please join us in court to stand up for Barbara! Leave your cell phone in the car. For more information on Barbara Campbell's case, go to the link above.
Friday, August 19, 2016 from 9am-noon
Tonya Pace bought her home from her Grandmother in 2003 to keep it in the family. Tonya had been working with Chase Bank on a modification. The bank was wasting Tonya's time and gave her the run around, doing the well known “bank paper shuffle” for 9 months. Without notice, they sold the house out from under her to Freddie Mac for $300 in October of 2015 and didn’t mention it to her for more than 4 months while they continued to negotiate with her. Now Freddie Mac owns the property and they paid $300. We demand Freddie Mac work with Tonya to keep her in her home. This will not be another story of a bank evicting a black woman. We are going to work to keep Tonya in her home. Come to 36th District Court, room 434, and show that you stand with Detroiters resisting displacement! Note: you cannot bring your cellphones into the court https://www.facebook.com/events/1506299392717333/
Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 1:15-4:15pm
IMPORTANT UPDATE! The BLM & BYP100 activists arrested in the #RememberAiyana action were charged with misdemeanors. The City of Detroit has decided to arraign each of the activists on separate days with different judges. The first arraignment date scheduled for August 11th at 1:30 PM @ 36th District Court! This will not deter us from supporting our folks. We're gonna show up and show out at EACH arraignment! This #PackThe36 event is to support the arrested activists during their arraignment. The action ain't over until all of us are free! https://www.facebook.com/events/231664350566426/
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 1:15-4:15pm
The BLM Detroit & BYP100 activists that were chained to the Central District Detroit Police Precient during the #RememberAiyana march were arrested and released later that evening. This #PackThe36 event is to support the arrested activists during their arraignment. The action ain't over until all of us are free! https://www.facebook.com/events/231664350566426/
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 9-10:30am
Ms. Campbell's home was sold from Flagstar Bank to Nationstar after she requested a modification after she was diagnosed with cancer, kidney disease and had a pacemaker put in. She subsequently suffered several strokes. Neither Flagstar or Nationstar sent her application to Fannie Mae for modification review despite Nationstar writing her a letter stating they would not foreclose on her home during the modification review. Ms. Campbell sought assistance through Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence's office and Flagstar launched an investigation again indicating they would not evict Ms. Campbell from her home. Now Flagstar is evicting Ms. Campbell from her home We can still stop this! Attend the court and show your support. Make your call Today... Please call Flagstar and Fannie Mae and stop this illegal eviction. Loan No. 0596526028- Address- 1001 Covington Dr. #3, Detroit, MI 48203 Flagstar, Office of President 1-800-968-7700; Fannie Mae 1-800-732-6643
Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 1-4pm
Flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6jCs7unkcu7SHdsZ0NxWHVfSVU/view?usp=sharing Join neighbors and supporters at a kick off event for the Defense of Lela Whitfield’s Home. We will be talking about what a home defense looks like and how to get involved. Lela has been trying to buy her Detroit home following the foreclosure of a reverse mortgage held by her deceased mother. Fannie Mae, the government-controlled mortgage investment giant that owns the loan, refuses to let Lela buy her home. To stop the eviction, we will likely be starting a home Defense on Monday November 16th. Between now and the 15th: 1. Support Lela in the Courtroom Friday November 13th 10:30am 36th District Court 421 Madison Detroit, MI Judge Miller's Court Room 432 2. Contact Katrina Jones, VP of Fannie Mae’s Single Family Mortgage Dept - 215-575-1400 -firstname.lastname@example.org Reference FHA case # 2618927229-952. Address: 839 Manistique, Detroit, MI 48215 "We demand that Fannie Mae stops the eviction of Lela Whitfield from 839 Manistique Street in Detroit and allows her to purchase the home at market value! HUD says evicting Lela is not necessary to pay on Fannie Mae's FHA insurance claim, so why are you filing for eviction?" Free Press Article on Lela’s fight: tinyurl.com/pgsd3k8 Detroit Eviction Defense And Feedom-Freedom Growers w: detroitEvictionDefense.org T: @evictdefense http://www.facebook.com/events/788512687961497/
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 2-3pm
In front of Judge David Perkins: Don't let a single mom get evicted for reporting violence and medical needs! She is staying strong but needs your support. Lashawn (Ray Ray) Beasley is a single mom of a 4 year old daughter. She has MS (multiple sclerosis), is on disability and relies on subsidized housing to help provide a home for herself and her daughter. She is facing eviction because she called police to report a domestic violence situation involving her brother. The police and a security guard reported her to Forest City Residential, the management company in charge of housing at Plymouth Square Village, at Plymouth and Evergreen in Detroit. Forest City Residential is a big management company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. They run many subsidized housing complexes in Ohio and Michigan. They treat tenants like they are living in prison. This is a pattern of behavior according to other tenants, and not limited to Ms. Beasley Forest City Residential is using Ms. Beasley’s situation to threaten all residents of subsidized housing under their control. Ms. Beasley is being punished #1 for being a Black single mom, #2 for reporting domestic violence and #3 for being a person with a disability. Lashawn Beasley with her daughter Call Detroit HUD at 313 234 7470 to demand Forest City Residential management stop attacking and trying to evict women who stand up to domestic violence. Call Forest City Residential at their headquarters in Cleveland: 216-621-6060. Tell them to keep Ms. Lashawn Beasley in her home and that: It is her right to report domestic violence without being threatened with the loss of her home. It is her right to work with her doctors to treat the symptoms of MS. It is right for Ms. Beasley to fight back against the bullying attitudes of Forest City Residential. We, her family, friends, neighbors and supporters join her in this fight.
Friday, February 20, 2015 from 9am-noon
Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs are facing an unjust and unnecessary eviction from their Detroit home and have an important hearing scheduled in 36th District Court on Friday, February 20th at 9:00 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Ruth Ann Garrett. In this hearing, the judge will decide whether or not to sign the order of eviction. We need to pack the court with supporters to show the judge and the company trying to evict Kenny and Sandi that we will not stand idly by while the system kicks them out on the street. Please share this event and invite your friends! The home that Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs live in has been in Kenny’s family since 1951. Kenny is a former Motown musician and Sandi is an artist and educator. After Kenny’s health deteriorated and Sandi lost her full-time job, the couple lost their home in a 2010 tax foreclosure auction to a company called Detroit Property Exchange. The company had them pay rent every month, telling them that the money would go towards them purchasing their home. Just when Detroit Property Exchange had led Mr. Brinkey and Ms. Combs to believe that their home was almost paid off, they discovered that the company had in fact not paid any property taxes on the home. Their home was sold at tax foreclosure auction to a California company called Sussex Immobilier, LLC. Sussex refused to accept any rent or to entertain any offer from Mr. Brinkley and Ms. Combs to purchase their home, and instead hired a property management company from Grosse Pointe Farms called Blackbird Asset Management to evict them. Mr. Brinkley and Ms. Combs are willing to pay a reasonable monthly rent and/or make a reasonable offer to purchase their home, but Sussex and Blackbird seem more interested in kicking them out. Their story was recently covered by Fox 2 News. Click here to see the story: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/28039438/former-motown-musician-82-has-house-auctioned-off-without-him-knowing We will not accept this. We must not stand idly by while Detroiters are thrown out on the street and our neighborhoods are taken over by greedy property speculators and vulture capitalists. Kenny and Sandi are just two of the thousands of victims of Detroit's unjust and inhumane tax foreclosure crisis. You can help by joining us at 36th District Court on 421 Madison in Detroit in the courtroom of Ruth Ann Garrett on Friday, February 20 at 9:00 a.m. to show your support. You can also help by calling these numbers: Eric Novak from Blackbird Asset Management at 313-588-0377. Sussex Immoblier LLC at 732-213-8040. John Hagling of Sussex LLC at 818-913-4481. When you call, say: “I am calling to demand that you work with Kenny Brinkley and Sandy Combs and allow them to stay in their family home at 678 Taylor Street in Detroit, Michigan. They are willing to pay a reasonable amount to purchase their home back. I will stand with Detroit Eviction Defense and we will do everything possible to keep them in their home. We have no intention of seeing this couple out in the street.” Detroit Eviction Defense is a coalition of homeowners, tenants, union members, faith-based activists, community advocates, and allied groups united in the struggle against foreclosure and eviction. We believe that affordable housing is a human right, the foundation of a viable community. It’s never too late to organize in defense of your home and your neighborhood, but no one should fight this fight alone. http://www.facebook.com/events/1382166675430396/
Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 8:30am-noon
Armstrongs paid taxes, yet face eviction! City never turned their payments over to the county! Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong paid the property taxes they owed on their Detroit home – but then were shocked to discover that the County had sold their home out from under them to a management company. When they paid their tax bill to the city, Detroit had kept the money as an advance on future tax bills instead of passing the payment on to Wayne County, which was threatening them with tax foreclosure. The Armstrongs sued the city and county, but the case was dismissed. Now the management company that bought their long-time home is taking them to court to evict them. This isn’t the first time Detroiters trying to pay their taxes have been abused in this way, but it should be the last. By showing up in 36th District Court, 8:30am this Thursday, March 20, we can send a message that this kind of abuse of long-time residents must stop. We need to convince the new corporate owner to negotiate with the family so they can get their home back. ps. most hearings are at 9am, though this is scheduled for 8:30am!