Submitted by Joseph Black of the Black Media Group in Detroit. He hopes OccupyDetroit will endorse this event at the September 15th General Assembly…
Occupy The Vote — 7-Oct-2012
Minutes: September 1, 2012 – Goldengate Restoration Project
II. Occupy 1yr Anniversary (17-Sep)
V. Goldengate Issues
Everyone introduced themselves, about 20 people. Three or four were Goldengate Restoration Project residents.
Occupy 1yr Anniversary (17-Sep):
- Waistline suggested we do a retrospective piece on the website.
- Someone (Jennifer?) suggested a parade
- Along with the parade, Sarah suggested gathering at Grand Circus Park
- Roseanne suggested a livestream of events coordinated with other events around the country
- Waistline and Erik will work with Roseanne on this
- Joseph suggested flyers be handed out during parade
Jennifer – Re-Imagine OccupyDetroit
- Inspired by Grace Lee Boggs and her Re-Imagine Detroit and Re-Imagine Work initiatives
- Discuss how to Re-Imagine OccupyDetroit at General Assembly on September 15
- OD modeled on OccupyWallStreet, but OD has different aspirations
- Need to reach out to new people, bring original members back
- Camping in Grand Circus was a bad idea for Detroit – there are so many un-occupied buildings, focus should be on seizing those (Sarah)
- Who will facilitate the meeting and bring community in? (Sarah)
- Education should go with outreach
- Proposal approved
Sarah – Money for 5900 Bedbug Eradication
- 5900 Michigan Ave has a bedbug infestation
- Residents started rent-strike in protest
- Landlord agreed to fumigate
- OD offers $350 to assist with expenses
- Help find washer and dryer for building
- Purchase plastic bags and detergent
- Rent a dumpster … [read more] Continue reading
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 … [read more] Continue reading
To all who organized and attended OccupyTheMidwest Conference: Another World Is Possible: Right on! You made it happen. Another world is possible because of you. Thanks.