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TODAY: House Warming Party to Fight Foreclosure!

House Warming Party to Fight Foreclosure!

House Warming Party to Fight Foreclosure!

What: Peaceful protest against home foreclosures and in support of the Cruz family
When: Wednesday, June 20, 10am-2pm
Where: 607 Green Valley Rd. (see map below)

3,300,000 homes have been lost to foreclosure nation wide since 2010. There are 296 NEW foreclosure fillings per month in Guilford County. The foreclosure crisis is a direct result of the corporate malfeasance and bank fraud perpetrated by the 1% against the 99%. Occupy Greensboro stands in solidarity with everyone facing foreclosure and the many groups that are working to help families in foreclosure.

Since April 30, Occupy Homes MN has been working with the Cruz family, whose home went into foreclosure after a bank error. PNC Bank executives acknowledged their error and repeatedly told Cruz supporters that they’re working on a solution. However, they’ve refused to work with the family, instead working with Freddie Mac and the city of Minneapolis to launch a series of costly police raids against the home. These raids resulted in 23 arrests in less than a week.

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Despite ongoing protests, the banks still think we’ll go away if they ignore us long enough. It’s time to show them otherwise: on June 19, Alejandra and David Cruz will be travelling along with a team of supporters to PNC Bank’s Pittsburgh headquarters to hand-deliver their modification documents and demand a meeting with CEO Jim Rohr!

Sign the petition to save the Cruz family’s home!

Occupy Greensboro stands in solidarity with Occupy Homes MN’s call for a national day of action on PNC to coincide with the Cruz’s arrival. Join us tomorrow at the PNC Bank branch at 607 Green Valley Rd in the Friendly Shopping Center from 10am – 2pm. We’ll hold a symbolic house warming party for the thousands of Guilford County residents who have lost their homes by moving into a UHAUL trailer!

Bring food, bring house warming gifts, and then go tell the bank manager that you expect them to work with the Cruz family the next day when they visit PNC Bank’s corporate headquarters.

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General Assembly: June 5, 2012

Announcements
Energy Working Group will be at Elsewhere Gallery on Wed. at 6 pm.

Discussion

  • Relationship of Occupy Greensboro to other groups, organizations, etc. There was considerable discussion on this topic, with dissenting views presented and debated in GA format.
  • The relativity of local, state and national involvement was included. All agreed that this is a core issue that has been talked about before and needs further discussion if consensus is to be reached, with all parties keeping an open mind.
  • Actions and protests. A suggestion was made that we have monthly actions; the importance and type of actions were also discussed. To be continued.
  • Energy Working Group: June 6, 2012

    Radio program

    • June 13
    • June 27
    • Elsewhere- sound session, Wednesday mid-July
    • Vignettes, character descriptions, characters talking about energy
    • Framing the context of energy in NC today.
    • War of the world, energy event, news caster broadcast, scripting the beginning of the series
    • interviewing citizens, invisible costs of energy
    • melding together fiction/ nonfiction/ first-person stories
    • tell the true cost of energy production/ disaster
    • one 10 minute segment
    • Elsewhere sound session July 11
    • Elsewhere City Play on August 24 (Duke Energy vaccuum)

    Internship program – Connie

    • Val will call Connie
    • Reaching out to teenagers that we know- Emiley
    • Teenager who attended GA last Tuesday? Joe? Faheem- Al
    • Middle Colleges- Mark
    • Val has a long list of community contacts
    • Greensboro Parks and Rec- Kate
    • Next meeting Wed 20: work out internship orientation details

    Recruitment – regular canvassing on Sundays

    • Email sent out to all contacts and FB doc to recruit volunteers for June and July

    Face-to-face

    • Val meeting on Wednesday 6/13 about energy event.

    General Assembly: June 3, 2012

    Announcements

    • Action at courthouse Tuesday 2 p.m to film forecosure auctions.
    • Greensboro Tenant’s Association to be formed by and for tenants.
    • Signs saying Vote Against Amendment One: repurpose and discussion before GA on 6/10 sometime between l0-3.

    Report-backs

    • Energy Working Group meets every Wed. for next month, 7-9 pm. On 6/13 and 6/27, the meeting will consist of creative writing. Canvassing continues every Sunday in June from 2-3:30. July – train interns.
    • Resolution fo overturn Citizens United presented in Raleigh to legislature.
    • Foreclosure Working Group: Chris and Mo had hearing; meeting with attorney re:home defense.

    Proposals
    Proposed: Occupy Greensboro endorse and support the North Carolina Coalition Against Corporate Power (that spearheaded and organized the Bank of America demonstration in Charlotte on May 9). Vigorous discussion followed. Proposal was TABLED until submitted in writing.

    Discussion
    GA consented to pay $250 for food for a neighborhood cook-out and open mic night at Glenwood Books, which has not yet been paid. Agreed that there have been delays by all parties and the matter may be settled this week.

    Reflections
    A member volunteered to alert everyone at 4 p.m. so GA can begin and end on time.

    Fight Fracking in North Carolina!

    The North Carolina General Assembly may allow fracking in our state!

    The North Carolina General Assembly may allow fracking in our state.

    Legislation to allow fracking in North Carolina could pass very quickly during the short summer legislative session.

    Please read and sign the petition opposing this dangerous and destructive practice!

    Resources

    Attend Frack-Free NC Lobby Day!

    Please join Clean Water for NC on Tuesday, June 5, for Frack-Free NC Lobby Day (see flyer – .pdf) when we’ll fill the halls of the General Assembly and meet with legislators to let them know that there is NO reason to pass ANY legislation that would allow fracking in NC! A pre-lobby briefing will start at 10AM at Marbles Kid’s Museum in downtown Raleigh. Afterwards we’ll head to the General Assembly to talk with YOUR legislators! You’ll be on your way home no later than 2PM. CWFNC can offer some assistance with transportation costs please email hope@cwfnc.org for info.

    If you want to carpool with others from Greensboro, please send an email to the Energy Working Group through the form below and we will connect those who are interested in riding to Raleigh together.

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