- Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Hayward Hall of Justice 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, California 94544 – Dept 520.
- What you can do:
Show your support by Phone/fax/email blast Today!
Chase Bank CEO Jamie Dimon: Tel: 1-800-548-7912 or 877-682-4273
In the ongoing battle to keep her home, there was a critical victory this week (November 27) with the judge placing the burden of proof on Freddie Mac. (Updated note: Action will be in Hayward: Monday Dec 3, click here for more details)
Nell Myhand, CJJC Homeowner Clinic Coordinator, applied for a loan modification and was turned down three times...
Organizing and persistence works. The auction of the Bottom family home of 50 years is cancelled and Bank of America has offered them a permanent loan modification at 2% for 40 years!
Patricia Bottom Long advises other foreclosure fighters: “If you can get an advocate like Just Cause/Causa Justa to stand with you… it makes all the difference. Before that,
On Monday, December 3, the first step toward ensuring that the Hassle-Free Housing Ordinance reaches the full Board of Supervisors for approval takes place at a hearing by the Land Use and Economic Development committee at 1 pm at SF City Hall, room 263. If approved, then the proposed ordinance will be heard before the full board at their meeting...
We are hiring an Immigrant Rights Organizer, please support us in finding a person to fill this position! Deadline to apply is January 2nd, 2013.
Immigrant Rights Campaign Organizer
Causa Justa :: Just Cause is a grassroots housing and immigrant justice organization with offices in San Francisco and Oakland. In 2010, CJJC emerged as the strategic collaboration of two powerful...
Photo: Gretta Penélope Hernández. At Hua Zang Si | 美國舊金山華藏寺. in San Francisco.
In Every Barrio, on Every Block, Organize!
Despite massive voter suppression and intimidation tactics, hours-long waits at the ballot box, misleading leaflets telling people to vote on the wrong day, and tens of millions of dollars in SuperPAC money, Obama pulled out a victory Tuesday. This...
Photo: Rob Boudon, Creative CommonsDear friends,
Wells Fargo is getting examined for its CRA practices right now. We all have a rare opportunity to tell the federal regulator of national banks (Comptroller of the Currency or OCC) whether they think Wells Fargo Bank is meeting community needs. The California Reinvestment Coalition is calling on people across California and the nation to write the Comptroller about Wells Fargo...
We are thrilled to announce that years of public pressure that CJJC helped lead finally pushed Wells Fargo to change course.
The bank faces a re-certification hearing under the Community Reinvestment Act, and in preparation for that hearing finally got rid of the majority of its investments in private prisons /detention centers that turn a profit from detaining immigrants and...
As the Financial Times reported today (Oct 24, 2012), In July, when Edward DeMarco refused to implement a debt-reduction scheme championed by the White House, Tim Geithner, US Treasury secretary, accused him of making a decision that ran contrary to the best interests of the nation.
… If Mr Obama wins re-election, Mr DeMarco’s days may be numbered, with senior White House officials...
October 24, 2012 4:37 pm
By Shahien Nasiripour in Washington
In July, when Edward DeMarco refused to implement a debt-reduction scheme championed by the White House, Tim Geithner, US Treasury secretary, accused him of making a decision that ran contrary to the best interests of the nation.
It was one of a number of decisions taken by the Washington career bureaucrat which have stymied the Obama administration’s most aggressive efforts to boost the US property market, by blocking refinancings and forgiveness of troubled borrowers’ mortgages.
But if Mr Obama wins re-election, Mr DeMarco’s days may be numbered, with senior White House officials quietly telling housing industry activists in recent weeks that he will be replaced.Mr DeMarco oversees state-controlled mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the twin housing groups that control more than half of all outstanding US home loans.
He temporarily was named acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency in August 2009 by Barack Obama, US president, after the previous director left for the private sector.
He is still there three years later, despite clashes with the White House and the Treasury department over various administration proposals to aid the housing market.
In 2010, Senate Republicans opposed Mr Obama’s choice to replace Mr DeMarco and have since said they would be unwilling to support other candidates who support principal reduction schemes. Administration officials have argued there are few qualified candidates willing to take the demanding position.
Some borrower advocates have argued that the White House has kept Mr DeMarco in office in part because it provides the administration with an easy excuse when questioned about why they have not done more to prevent millions of home seizures.
But in the past few weeks, Obama administration officials – including Gene Sperling, director of Mr Obama’s national economic council, and Jon Carson, director of the White House’s office of public engagement – have told Democratic groups that they hope to oust Mr DeMarco in the coming months, most likely by replacing him via an appointment while Congress is not in session, according to people familiar with the matter.
Administration officials have asked housing groups to supply a list of potential candidates. Officials made their statements most recently on September 13 during a White House housing summit.
The White House is weighing how and when to make a so-called “recess” appointment, which would bypass the congressional approval that is traditionally sought for presidential nominees.
For example, after it was clear that Republican lawmakers would not support the confirmation of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mr Obama chose to install him in the post using a recess appointment.
The White House and the FHFA declined to comment. Mr DeMarco also declined to comment.
Mr DeMarco sets policies and approves strategic business decisions for companies whose market share allows him to influence everything from what kinds of loans are made to how companies deal with troubled borrowers who fall behind on their payments.
Obama administration officials and...
San Francisco Rising- The People’s Voter Guide
Brought to you by SF Rising's member organizations: Causa Justa :: Just Cause , Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, Dolores Street Community Services, Filipino Community Center (FCC), Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER), People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights (PODER), South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN)
San Francisco is becoming increasingly unaffordable to poor and working class people of color and immigrant communities. That is why nine community organizations from across the city are working together to make sure our communities have access to good jobs, good schools, public services, and affordable housing. We are organizing every day in African American, Chinese, Filipino & Latino neighborhoods to build power for our communities! Standing together, our voices will be heard.
The 2012 People’s Slate
San Francisco Ballot Measures
Prop A: YES— Support critical funding to save City College
Prop C: YES— Support affordable housing to keep families in San Francisco
Prop E: YES— Protect small businesses while raising revenue for city-funded programs
Prop G: YES—Corporations are not people and should be held accountable
California Ballot Measures (For more in-depth analysis click here)
Prop 30: YES— Ensure that millionaires and corporations are paying their fair share, while raising money for our schools
Prop 32: NO— Stop the corporate attack on the voices of working families in elections
Prop 34: YES— End the death penalty
Prop 35: NO— This is badly written legislation that will do more harm than good
Prop 36: YES— Reform the "three strikes" law which hurts our communities
Prop 38: NO— Stop this competing tax measure that will raise taxes on low-income people
Prop 39: YES— Close a business tax loophole and raise funds for clean energy and green jobs
This week in the ongoing battle of the People vs the Banks, the people are winning!
Oakland: Oakland City Staff, Mayor Quan, Congressperson Barbara Lee and State Assembly person Nancy Skinner hosted a press briefing alongside community allies in support of a Comprehensive Foreclosure Prevention Package. (Check out out CJJC member Manuel De La Paz as he tells how the threat of foreclosure has impacted his family).
On October 16, the plan was approved by the full council, opening up a new avenue of foreclosure help for tenants and homeowners.
Causa Justa and a host of other community organizations have been fighting for years, demanding that the city respond to the foreclosure crisis with local strategies to hold the banks accountable and keep Oakland's tenants and homeowners in their homes.
The program includes:
• Outreach to impacted families to connect people to their rights and resources for them to stay in their homes
• City staff dedicated to monitoring the banks and if they are following new policies from the Homeowner Bill of Rights and regulations from the State Attorney General's Settlement
• City Staff dedicated to escalate against the Banks on behalf of families struggling to keep their homes
• A program called ROOT, that will buy back foreclosed homes from banks for homeowners that have been foreclosed on and want to keep their homes
• Increased city partnerships and resources for legal assistance, counseling services and a one stop Housing Assistance Center that will open up by the end of this year!
CJJC is proud to have worked with our allies to achieve this and thank all of our partners for your work, advocacy and dedication to protecting the right to stay for tenants and homeowners.
Thanks to - City of Oakland, ACCE, OCO, Alameda County Public Health Department, East Bay Housing Organizations, Enterprise Community Partners, Community Housing Development Corp., HERA, LISC, One Pacific Coast Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Urban Strategies Council, California Reinvestment Coalition, OCCUR, Allen Temple Housing and Econ. Dev. Corp., Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center, Family Bridges, Centro Legal de la Raza, SEIU 1021, East Bay Community Law Center, Housing Group of East Bay Move On and California Housing Finance Agency.
San Francisco: Also last Tuesday, hundreds of people supported the family of Juana Tello, POWER staff and leader of POWER's Free Muni for Youth Campaign.
The Tello family's home was purchased by Fannie Mae after a foreclosure, and Fannie Mae tried to evict the Tello's from their home. Little did Fannie know, the Tello's have been active in their community for years and have a strong base of supporters ready for action. After making calls to Fannie Mae CEO Timothy Mayopoulos to demand that Fannie Mae stop the eviction, the eviction has been postponed.
CJJC along with POWER thanks all of the folks that spread the word, made the calls, and signed up to support the family! Together, we bought time to chart our next steps to get the home back from Fannie Mae. We will continue to need your support to win for the Tello's...