OVER 100 RESIDENTS TO TAKE OVER EDGEMONT STREET, SPEAK OUT AND MARCH ON SIX VACANT HOMES TO PROTEST THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS REFUSAL TO FUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
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See video of the successful Eviction Defense of Jeff’s home in January 2014
On Tuesday night June 24, 2014 over 100 Springfield residents and allies joined Jeffery Solivan to fight eviction from his home by Fannie Mae and Mel Watt, the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac.
Neighbors, members of the Springfield Bank Tenant Association (SBTA), and community, faith & labor organizations, held vigil at 32 Edgemont Street to demand affordable housing for Mr. Solivan and families across the nation, and then proceeded to march through the streets to 6 vacant homes – all owned by banks after foreclosure – in the neighborhood, where huge monopoly themed banners marked the homes with the name of the banksters that are causing the blight and destruction.
The crowd then marched back to the house to stage a mock “block shutdown” to demonstrate to Fannie Mae and Mel Watt the type of civil disobedience they plan if a sheriff comes to evict Mr. Solivan. About 40 people linked arms in front of the home to form a human chain, and another 30 linked arms to block incoming traffic, demonstrating how the community would block a moving truck from coming to remove Jeffery’s things from the home.