On Tuesday June 28th, organizers and activists planned a two part protest to do two things: 1) Make clear to anyone interested in purchasing the Miranda family home that if they planned to evict after foreclosure, we would be ready to resist that eviction! and; 2) that Bank of America take the lead on implementing a voluntary foreclosure & no-fault eviction moratorium in Springfield to prevent further displacement of Springfield residents following the June 1st tornado which displaced estimates of over 1000 families in Springfield. (See the 5 Minute video below of highlights of this timely protest against Bank of America who have yet to curb their destructive ways in Springfield even as we struggle to recover from a Tornado. For faster connections a higher quality version is posted here)
AT 10:30AM, we got word that the foreclosure auction had been postponed to August 5th and that Bank of America will now be working with the Miranda family toward a modification! We will continue to put pressure and demand a modification that includes PRINCIPAL REDUCTION to the current market value of the house!
In celebration and solidarity with the Miranda family we held our protest at the Bank of America branch in 16 Acres. About 50 supporters gathered to send a clear and loud message to Bank of America and the other big banks that we need an immediate moratorium on foreclosure and no fault evictions! The Springfield City Council has already supported the idea, and the FHA has called a foreclosure moratorium on FHA backed mortgages in Springfield. WHY SHOULDN’T THE OTHER BANKS DO THE SAME?
We will continue to push for an immediate moratorium on foreclosures & no fault evictions while also moving to fight back against no-fault evictions and the foreclosures that lead to them with families through Springfield.
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