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On Wednesday May 4th, Rochester resident Elizabeth McGriff and her son moved back in and began a re-occupation of their home at 618 Cedarwood Terrace, Rochester, NY. The McGriff family was evicted from their home on April 5th by MidFirst Bank and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) leaving them homeless. For the last month they have slept on couches at the homes of family and friends, but have continued to be leaders in the local and national housing justice movements. McGriff is a member of Take Back the Land Rochester and the national Homes For All campaign.
Along with the support of Take Back The Land Rochester (TBTL-R), McGriff, and at least 50 people are pledging to defend the home and engage in civil disobedience until the HUD Secretary Julian Castro meets their demands. A press conference was held on Thursday May 6th to announce the homecoming and launch Homes For All’s new campaign calling for 30% of all FHA foreclosed properties to be donated to community controlled institutions around the country.
Stand up with Elizabeth McGriff and all others who have fought FHA/HUD backed bank foreclosures. Let's demand policy change that ends incentivizing banks to pursue the emptying of homes in our communities.
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ELIZABETH REFUSES TO GIVE UP
BUT SHE NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 at 9:30am
LET'S KEEP LIZ IN HER HOME!
MidFirst Bank just won't give up. Elizabeth McGriff has, once again, been notified by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office that she will be evicted from her home. She has been told that they will forcibly remove her if she is not out by 10am on November 10.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: FANNIE MAE CALL-IN DAY TO KEEP BARBARA HORTON AND HER FAMILY IN THEIR HOME!!!
Fannie Mae is attempting to evict Barbara and her family from their home of 22 years. On Monday, we are holding a national call-in day asking FHFA Director Melvin Watts to reconsider their intent to evict.. His office number is 202-649-3001. Demand that Fannie Mae calls off the Eviction of Barbara Horton and her family and negotiate with them to stay in their home. The mortgage is in Barbara's son's name, Zachary Griffin II. If you aren't getting anywhere with the first number, another one to try is 800-732-6643.
[Mr. Watts, my name is __________ and I'm calling from _______. I'm calling today to demand that Fannie Mae drop its eviction against the Griffin family in Rochester, NY. They have been in their home over 20 years. The family fell behind on their payments during the recession, and has had to deal with the passing of the head of the household who was the original mortgage holder. They are now willing and able to pay. Many people stand with this family and have been defending them from eviction. Do the right thing: drop the eviction and keep them in their home. The loan number is: 0001173434 and it is in Zachary Griffin II's name.
HELP US DEFEND ELIZABETH'S RIGHT TO REMAIN IN HER HOME!
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 11:30AM
Elizabeth McGriff has been notified by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office that she will be evicted from her home on Wednesday, September 2.
Please come stand with Elizabeth, her neighbors, Take Back the Land, and other supporters to tell MidFirst Bank NO!
Elizabeth has been trying to work with MidFirst. She is able to make payments, and has tried repeatedly to get MidFirst to negotiate a solution, but MidFirst has refused to work with her. Instead, they have resorted to questionable and legally shady tactics to gain ownership of her home in order to collect FHA backed mortgage insurance.
JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 at 11:30 at Elizabeth's house at 618 Cedarwood Terrace. Stay as long as you are able. The sheriff has stated that they will come sometime after noon. However, it is not certain if and when they will show up that day.
In order to show a unified message, Take Back the Land t-shirts will be available to wear. If you would like to take one home, they will also be for sale. If you already have one, wear it! We also encourage support signs and flags from other organizations whose missions and policies are aligned with Take Back the Land.
If you are interested in helping out with preparation of the eviction watch after the rally, please call 585 485-3807. Help us bring democratic community control over land and housing. Housing is a Human Right!
Tuesday August 4, at 10:15am Joe Woods publicly announced at a press conference that he has returned to his Rochester, NY home from which his family was evicted on June 17. Woods did not repurchase the home, instead he was moved back in with help from Take Back the Land Rochester, the organization which initially helped him defend against the eviction. Woods, Take Back the Land Rochester, and his neighbors are preparing to defend the home against a possible second eviction. The home is located at 394 Webster Ave.
Rochester resident, Elizabeth McGriff of 618 Cedarwood Terrace, facing eviction pledges to stay in her home with the support Take Back the Land Rochester. She has attempted to negotiate with Midfirst Bank to work out a fair settlement for her to stay in her home. As early as August 7th 2015 Midfirst Bank with the backing force of the Rochester police department could remove Elizabeth and her children from their home of over fifteen years. Below is a letter from Elizabeth to Midfirst bank written in September of 2014 detailing her struggles with the bank
7 People Arrested Defending Webster Ave Family from Eviction
A white Rochester police Sergeant orders two black cops to arrest Audrey Woods. Once Audrey is taking off the scene, the police use her as collateral for negotations to remove the homeowner from the home.
On the morning of June 17, 2015, MidFirst Bank, the Rochester City Marshal, and 15-20 Rochester police forcefully evicted Joe Woods and his family from their longtime home of 25 years at 394 Webster Ave, Rochester, NY 14614. Mr. Woods was willing and able to pay, but instead of working out a solution, the Rochester's government had their police team up with another corporate bank to evict another black family. Most disturbing, the Rochester police took away Mr. Woods' daugther as an exhtoration tactic in order to negotiate him leaving his home. To execute the eviction, police arrested 7 people, including one family member and 6 home defenders, chanting “Housing is a Human Right.”
CALL TO ACTION! On Monday, March 30, at 11:00am George Douglass, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will be holding a nonviolent community eviction blockade to keep George Douglass in his home at 95 ROXBOROUGH RD. Rochester, NY 14619. Please join in if you can!
Community Eviction Defense to Keep Veteran Joe Martinez and his Children from Being Evicted from Their Home Before Christmas
On Wednesday, December 3, Joe Martinez was served an eviction notice by the Rochester City Marshal informing him that he will be evicted with all his belongings as early as Tuesday, December 9th, despite his legal right to remain in the home. Let's stand up with Joe to keep him and his sons there!
On Tuesday, December 9, at 11:00am Joe Martinez, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will be holding a nonviolent community eviction blockade at Joe's home at 189 Alameda Street, Rochester, NY 14621. Mr. Martinez is demanding the eviction be called off and Wells Fargo enter into negotiations to stay in his home. This eviction blockade will include some communities members who are willing to risk arrest as an act of civil disobedience.
On Tuesday, December 2, George Douglass, neighbors, Take Back the Land Rochester, and dozens of community members braved freezing temperatures and formed a nonviolent eviction blockade that stopped the eviction of Wells Fargo's attempt to remove him from his home. George is still seeking a permanent action to withdraw the order and negotiate a final settlement so he can stay in his home.
Mr. Douglass has been served a 72 hour eviction notice and Tuesday was the planned day of the eviction. However, the blockade thwarted the eviction for now. Take Back the Land Rochester is organizing an eviction watch encampment from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (the times an eviction could be carried out in New York State) in order to watch the house and alert the community if the authorities try to remove George Douglass.
WHAT: EVICTION PROTEST AND BLOCKADE
Rochester, NY -- On Tuesday, December 2, at 11:00am George Douglass, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will be holding a nonviolent community eviction blockade to keep George Douglass in his home.
George Douglass is willing and able to pay but Wells Fargo is trying to evict him so they can collect their FHA insurance check from the federal government. Mr. Douglass and other community members are willing to risk arrest as an act of civil disobedience in order to keep George in his home and reform the FHA government policy that incentivizes evictions and foreclosures for banks.
Despite rain, snow, and sleet dozens of neighbors and community members formed a nonviolent eviction blockade to stop the unjust foreclosure/eviction of Akhom Phetphanh and his family at 256 Durnan Street. Despite Mr. Phetphanh being willing and able to pay to stay in his home, Everbank is trying toevict him and his son, an action thatwill make them homeless.