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Jennifer Britt — Update: 24-Aug-2012

There is positive news since yesterday’s update, which reported that Fannie Mae had offered Jennifer Britt a two-year lease agreement at $785 a month. While this was a positive step away from Fannie Mae’s previous refusal to consider anything except eviction, it also fell short of the offer Southwest Housing Solutions had made to buy the house and keep Jennifer and her family in their home under a buy-back agreement. Jennifer made a counter-offer on Tuesday that would provide a path to ownership of the home she and her family have lived in since 1999.

Today, a few hours before the weekly meeting of the Eviction Defense Committee, the lawyer for Fannie Mae contacted Jennifer’s attorney and agreed to continue negotiations on the counter-offer. As a first step, Fannie Mae will conduct a formal appraisal of the property. During the vigil, Fannie Mae had directed one of its real estate contractors to conduct a “Broker Price Opinion” of Jennifer’s house, which amounted to little more than a drive-by appraisal. Fannie Mae will now conduct a formal walk-through appraisal as a first step towards a possible settlement that restores Jennifer’s ownership of the home in which she and her late husband invested over $100,000.

It is a tentative victory for Jennifer and a testament to her courage and strength in resisting the greed-driven agenda of Flagstar Bank and its co-conspirator, Fannie Mae. The Eviction Defense Committee of Occupy and the Rosedale Park community can take pride in what we’ve helped Jennifer accomplish so far. We have, for the time being, won a small skirmish in a larger war that is still going against us. While negotiations continue, the anti-eviction vigil we sustained for nearly a month is suspended.

Hope to see you at the rally at 3 pm Friday the 24th at the Federal Building, Michigan Avenue and Cass, calling for Congressional hearings in Detroit on Fannie Mae’s support for bank profiteering at the expense of homeowners. At 4pm we’ll march to the City-County Building to protest the same banks-before-people agenda that privileges debt servicing over city services.

School Supplies for Detroit Students — 25-Aug

Embrace Our Families To Rebuild Our Communities,” an event to provide school supplies for Detroit students — 25-Aug-2012 — 1-6PM

Where: 2243 Ferry Park Dr, Detroit 48208

Yusef Shakur and the Urban Network offers Detroit residents, and anyone interested in the education of Detroit’s children, an opportunity to contribute school supplies to students about to start a new school year. Put your pencils, pens, notebooks and all that where your mouth is Detroit metro, and help these kids start the school year right.

CVS will contribute the backpacks, but the kids need the stuff that goes in them. A good stock of supplies does more than outfit kids to learn, it gives a boost to their self-esteem and tells them people care if they learn. And people do care, right?

Give these deserving children a good send off to a tough job: school. Show up, help the students, and enjoy the party. There will be an inflatable moon walk, music, food and refreshments.

OccupyDetroit endorses this event and all of Yusef’s good work, and will be a sponsor of the activities.

Michigan Welfare Rights will also sponsor the event.

Learn more about Yusef Shakur and the Urban Network here: http://www.yusefshakur.org/urban-network/

and here: http://www.wdetfm.org/news/story/community-profile-yusef-shakur/

Embrace Our Families To Rebuild Our Communities

Crusade For America March 25Aug

Rainbow Push Coalition March — 25-August-2012

Rainbow Push Coalition March -- 25-August-2012

Rainbow Push Coalition Detroit will hold
the Crusade for America Parent and Youth March
on 25-August-2012.

Participants will convene at:
McGregor Library
12244 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203
The march begins at 12PM

Rainbow Push Coalition March -- 25-August-2012

The Crusade for America movement is a movement to defend our freedoms. Poverty, racial injustice, violence, and unfettered economic power all jeopardize the fulfillment of human freedom. Detroit, Michigan is ground zero for the war on poverty and against violence. It is the litmus test for the future of America. With more than 48 million Americans food insecure and a rising culture of violence, our public policy and political life has decayed. It no longer provides a level playing field for the American WORKER, the American STUDENT, the American CITIZEN, and the American CITY. Indeed, our politics has stacked the deck against our own interests. We MUST fight back! Detroit, Michigan is ground zero for this fight.

The march also honors the Reverend Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech,” which was spoken for the first time at a march through Detroit in 1963 — the slogan then was “Freedom & Jobs.” Forty-nine years later, the slogan remains, “Freedom & Jobs.” March in the footsteps of America’s greatest civil rights activist. A man who died for the right to speak and march freely.

Join the Rainbow Push Coalition Detroit Facebook group.

The march occurs during the OccupyTheMidwest Conference, hosted by OccupyDetroit. OccupyDetroit endorses the march, and many conference attendees are expected to participate.

@RainbowPushDetroit : @RainbowPushMI

Media Alert: OccupyTheMidwest Conference 23-26 Aug

#OccupyMW #OccupyTheMidwest #AWIP #OMWC #A23-#A26 #tweetmeindetroit

Occupy The Midwest Conference Press Release

August 8, 2012

Diara Lo, Occupy Detroit Media Workgroup
Watch the conference on Livestream: OccupyDetroitOfficialChannel

Conference Call
Every Sunday at 6pm est until the Occupy the Midwest

Attendance expected by all Midwest Occupiers and interested parties. Occupy Detroit will be hosting the second round of Occupy the Midwest regional conferences following the wildly successful kick off regional in St Louis, MO, and National Gathering that took place in Philadelphia, PA, July 2012.

The failure of our current outdated system has led to a demand for new and improved methods that meet the needs of all citizens, independent of a corrupt economic and social structure that benefits only a few at the expense of the many.

Detroit was selected for the second Occupy The Midwest Conference because it serves as an excellent breeding ground of a reimagined society, and a way out of our failed economic system. No city in America better represents the harmful effects of corporate greed and political corruption than Detroit. Yet, no city has more opportunity for proven effective new forms of survival, educational grass roots enrichment, and beautiful new communities. This is evident in renewed neighborhoods rooted around urban farms that vibrantly sprawl across the once vacant lots, and eco communities springing out of the blight, such as the Goldengate Restoration Project, a Mad Max meets Martha Stewart type of community where duck ponds and peacocks are tucked in between graffiti laden, burnt down homes, and solar panels and a green house exist among what resembles a vacated war zone. Communities are being transformed daily from the recently defunct territory of Detroit.

August 23-26, 2012 Detroit, MI

Some Occupy Detroiters will open their homes to guests once a meet and greet happens at the initiation of the conference and after the registration. There are also locations set up for urban camping. One is the lot next to 5900 Michigan Avenue, Detroit which is the site of our enormous and beautiful Activist Center where there are bathrooms available, and space available for sessions. The other is an urban lot which is the current location of This Hood of Ours encampment, at 12845 West Chicago, Detroit, MI. There are also two homes on the block that are abandoned and repurposed to house activists with the consent of the community block club. The third is the Goldengate Restoration Project, on the east side of the city…

The focus of the Occupy the Midwest conference will be leadership building and sustainable living. We will be hosting educational sessions that include but are not limited to:

  1. Living off the Grid (Using alternative energy, rain collection systems, recycling, etc…)
  2. Urban Farming and Gardening (Learn how its done!)
  3. Communal Living (Save space. Save resources)
  4. Tor Networks (Are you prepared if the internet is shut down?)
  5. Repurposed Industrialization (A new fabric of society woven from the old)
  6. Visionary Leadership (Are you ready to be your best?)
  7. Michigan Ban Fracking/Fracking Whistleblowers will be guest speakers
  8. Free Detroit – No Consent: Occupy Local Government (How to be involved, finding likely allies and providing a service in detailing issues to the public)

More to Come…

Occupy Detroit will be providing live and virtual tours of:
The worlds largest urban garden network right here in Detroit
Bicycle Collectives and Coops
Urban Eco Communities
Freedom Schools
And give highlights if the Industrial Workers and Unions that this city was built on…

A delicious breakfast and dinner will be available daily at no cost with donations and produce from local urban farms and prepared by the IWW Wobbly Kitchen! Folks, you are in for a real treat! Monetary and food donations brought will be graciously accepted and utilized. Please bring your kits (cup/bowl, utensils).

There will be nightly entertainment, including featured artists, poets, musicians, and djs, as well as a campfire and drum circles….so bring your instruments and build good memories!

All attendees, please participate in the Visioning Process where we will discuss the ways in which we can actualize real progress of effective change that will reconstruct a society in which everyone can enjoy their inalienable rights of food, clothing, shelter, justice, and equality, independent of a corporate system/wage system structure.

Occupy The Midwest is a coalition of Occupy movements from cities around the Midwest region, uniting in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy people’s movement worldwide.