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Foreclosure Working Group: March 8, 2012

This is a compilation of notes from our last two meetings on 3/1/12 and 3/8/12. As always, our meetings are every Thursday, 8:30 am at Spring Garden Bakery. All are welcome.

We are in our final push to organize the March 14 event: Save Our Community: Fight Foreclosure! The event will start at 7 pm.
Event page here: http://occupyforeclosure.org/save-our-community

IRC march
There will be a meal served by Unity church at 5:30pm. Mitch M. is the point person on this. All are welcome. Cakalak Thunder will play; Nego is the point person on this. Katie Y. will help assemble marchers at 6:15pm. Leave by 6:30pm to march to theater. Will S. will be work with the City for special events permitting.

Todd and Tom B. did a Lunch-and-Learn at the IRC announcing the event and had a good discussion with about 15-18 folks. Need to get some follow up fliers to the IRC – Dave R. is making them.

We have gotten some good press leading up to the event. Nathan P. has been updating with several great, professionally written press releases. Todd got a good 2-3 spot on Voices and Viewpoints with WFDD that will re-air the day of the event. Bobbie and Kevin did a great interview with Jeri Rowe for the News and Record ran on Fri on page 2. Todd spoke at City Council as a speaker from the floor for the March 6th meeting announcing the event, inviting council and the general public. It has been airing on public access.

Participants/Supporters of Event
We are really building a broad coalition of support with this event. Participants include:

  • Jeff Thigpen, Guilford County Register of Deeds- featured speaker
  • MoveOn.org- outreach, tabling for Hold the Banks Accountable table
  • Guilford County Home Ownership Center- providing counseling to folks facing foreclosure
  • Greensboro Housing Coalition- providing counseling to folks facing foreclosure
  • Interactive Resource Center- supporter and sponsoring
  • Partners Ending Homelessness
  • Unity Church- providing meal at the IRC
  • YWCA- supporter and providing transport from their winter emergency shelter, hosting follow up event
  • NC Justice Center- will table that night and host a follow up training teaching people how to investigate mortgage fraud on March 31 (prob at Central Library).
  • Occupy Greensbro’s CA/A0 working group is helping will table that night and is helping to organize three follow up events including a talk/discussion with the YWCA on intersections of women and the housing crisis, a talk/discussion with the BCC on intersections of race and the housing crisis, and a public movie showing of The House We Live In.
  • UNCG and Guilford have both signed up for subsequent showings of Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale.

Kickstarter is currently at $1,614.00! We are over halfway. Donations will be taken at the event. Encourage people to give what they can and continue to send the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/401246699/save-our-community-fight-foreclosure

Make personal phone calls! Everyone should have contacted AT LEAST 10 people with a commitment to come out on Wed. MoveOn.org did a phone tree reaching out to 3000 people! Thank you! Fliers are available at bookstore, post on fb and email.

Program/ Evening Logistics
Basic flow of the program is: march from IRC, red carpet intro of “stars,” seating, intro, personal foreclosure stories, movie, Jeff Thigpen, rousing get active speech from John K, lobby conversations, sign ups, story corp, Q and A, rousing send off!
Theater will open at 3 pm to start set up.

Folks doing tables, story corp booths etc need to come between 4 and 5 to set up materials.
Tables are as follows:

  • Hold Banks Accountable- MoveOn
  • Follow Up Events table- CA/AO; Maria R and Mark S
  • Training for Mortgage Fraud Detection – NC Justice Center, Rochelle Sparko and Julie K
  • Partners Ending Homelessness and IRC table
  • Foreclosure Counseling- GSO Housing Coalition and Home Ownership Center
  • Occupy as a Strategy- sign up and info for folks interested in direct action foreclosure resistance- Katie Y. and Julie S.
  • Occupy Greensboro general info table- Emiley J.
  • Need clipboards for collecting info- Marnie and/or Julie?
  • Marnie and Dave generating text for zine and will coordinate about layout with Mo who did illustrations
  • Early Smith is our event coordinator/ stage manager for the evening. If you are a participant, once the event starts do what she says! She is the one keeping the whole program on track!
  • Usher training at 5pm at the theater. All ushers need to be present for this.
  • QR needs to be checked
  • Christina Stone and Tom B have been filming personal foreclosure stories; at least one of these will air prior to movie. They will also person a story corp booth
  • Kristian Hultgren of Deep River Productions will be there to help with story corp booth as well video and photo of event
  • GSO bear will also do video and photo of event
  • John K will emcee! Thanks John! Marnie and Todd put together talking points for program and John is good with them. John has tux and cane, needs top hat…
  • Cars being coordinated for Red Carpet drop off
  • Need retro hats for ushers- box for hats at Glenwood Coffee. John K has a bunch as well.
  • Alyzza will be our people counter to get an accurate count.
  • Dave and Alex will be in the robot suits doing robot things
  • Steve T and company will be playing old time music acoustically on the mezzanine as people enter
  • There will be a Q&A session after the movie, but only after folks have a chance to mill around and sign up for stuff. We will play this by ear. Todd and John K will handle this.
  • May need Mr. Microphone for Q&A. Dave will bottomline getting it there.

FWG meeting
Yes- we will meet the next day at 9am at Spring Garden Bakery. Cause we’re nuts like that.

Jeff Thigpen to address crowd at “Save Our Community: Fight Foreclosure!”

Click above to download flyers

Click above to download flyers

Contact: Nathan Pius, npius20@gmail.com; 732-570-8847

Free Event: Movie Premier at Carolina Theater

“Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale”

Film Stars, Robots, Crowds and a Red Carpet

Attendees at a free red carpet Premier for the locally-produced social and political action movie, “Let’s Lose Our House: A Modern Foreclosure Tale” scheduled at the Carolina Theater on Wednesday, March 14, will hear remarks from Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen. The web site FireDogLake lauded Thigpen, who has gained national acclaim as an advocate against fraudulent foreclosures, stating: “Thigpen’s investigation was one of the first systematic assessments of mortgage document fraud in the entire country,” and “The man is dedicated to pursuing justice for those who have been wronged by the financial services industry.”

In appreciation of his efforts Thigpen will receive autographs from the film’s robotic “Robo-Signers.” who will make a special appearance at the premier.

“Let’s Lose Our House” is a smart and funny look at the often misunderstood roots of the housing crash. This short film follows the “all American family” from buying their first home to seeing it foreclosed on and shows how banks and the large financial industry destroyed people’s lives through fraudulent practices. Produced by the Foreclosure Working Group of Occupy Greensboro, the event will unite homeowners facing foreclosure with available resources to understand, recognize and dispute fraudulent practices.

This is shaping up to be a huge civic action event in Greensboro so mark your calendars now.

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Updates posted to: http://occupyforeclosure.org

This event will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:00P.M. at the Carolina Theater in Greensboro; 310 South Greene St.

Foreclosure Working Group – February 23, 2012

Facilitator: Marnie
Notes: Bobbi

ForcloseBot 2000

ForcloseBot 2000

Meeting was focused on planning for March 14 event: Save Our Community: Fight Foreclosure!


  • We need to find 5 people at GA on Sunday who will dedicate their time to see this event happen. Their commitment only has to last for three weeks
  • Encourage people to take this issue to the other groups they are a part of and to increase excitement/buy-in
  • We need to be reminding people that this event will “turn the tide on organizing around foreclosure in Greensboro” (Marnie, Feb. 23, 2012, personal communication).
  • Kevin and Bobbie will bottomline recruitment of support volunteers
  • One of the goals for the premiere is to connect people to the help that they need
  • Christina and Tom will bottomline the interactive Foreclosure Storycore project
  • Mitch and Cindy are bottomlining/working on the other resources for the 14th
  • Julie is bottomlining work on fraud detection


  • Dave is bottomlining getting a link on the front page of the website
  • We need to send the link to as many of our contacts as possible and encourage them to forward it as well

Press Release

  • Nathan has sent us the draft of the first press release. We have until 8:00 AM on Friday to provide any feedback
  • The information on the press releases will increase weekly
  • If you have information to include on a press release, including new relationships with groups (such as possibly the IRC), contact Nathan.

MoveOn support

  • Our trailer has been approved by MoveOn National, but will only be sent out several days beforehand
  • Nathan will try to convince MoveOn that we should be vetting the emails several times before the premiere

IRC March

  • Mitch is bottomlining
  • Todd will recruit more people to help Mitch organize the logistics
  • Flyers

    • Mo will get them translated
    • People are taking the flyers wherever they go
    • Copies will be available at Glenwood Coffee & Books as well as F4DC office. Contact Dave R. for copies
    • People should flyer everywhere and talk to everyone that they can about the event & issue
    • Kevin and Bobbie will bottomline mailing flyers to addresses listed in Foreclosures Notices in the newspaper
    • Nathan is going to contact Huffington Post

    Next week’s meeting: Bobbie is facilitating, Todd is notetaking

    Foreclosure Working Group: February 2, 2012

    In attendance: David-facilitator, Jane, Chrisitna, Loretta, Nathan, Kevin, Bobbie, Mo, Todd, Marnie, Ricky, Sanda

    Todd working on magazine to hand out at premier

    Website – David working on website, is almost ready to go, just needs some info filled in, will be ready Tuesday 02-07-2012, and out with trailer and text. Kevin will send trailer to David and is also doing Kickstarter, description and text for trailer by Tuesday.

    Publicity – the meeting was about kickstart, Mo handled communication with designers, and will be getting better stills and in next meeting on Monday the 11th will discuss a more detailed publicity plan.

    Program Committee – Marnie had detailed handout, Julie will be go to person at premier, Jane and Nathan will be in charge of bullet point, “Hold the banks accountable“, Julie will be in charge of “Dig out evidence of fraud,“ where Jeff will give training for evidence of fraud and will also be doing web based training, Todd will take point on “Create connections into hard-hit communities,“ Beth will help connect OF to people for “Tell your story,” bullet point, and Dave will do point on “Foreclose on DNC“.

    Discussed need for rehearsal for the premier and that someone will be needed to tape event and possible provisions for extending the rental space if needed. Booth of those educated in foreclosure questions may be provided.

    Sandra made announcement for Pushback Network. The next planning meeting for the Bank of America is Monday February 6th from 2-4pm in Raleigh NC at NC Justice Center.

    Mo is taking point on a field guide to foreclosure resistance. Jane and Loretta are going to provide facts for zine and Mo will handle graphics.

    Meeting adjourned.

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