The piece on Steve Meacham: Fighting Foreclosure in Boston, MA aired on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, today May 1st. There are so many people affected by this crisis. This is happening everywhere in America. It feels like an intensely personal issue, but it’s happening and people need help. For me this issue is about people, about families, about moms and dads and their children. (It’s something we all have to pray over; we have to keep each other in our prayers.)
Bill Moyers Journal on PBS on the show’s website:
“There is little question that the mortgage crisis remains dire. U.S. foreclosure rates for March were at record levels — the number of households that received a foreclosure filing was more than 12 percent higher than the next highest month on record. One in every 159 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the quarter. According to many analysts, foreclosure rates are expected to nearly double this year.
Just as his first 100 days passes, President Obama unveiled plans to extend mortgage relief to Americans’ second mortgages. At the same time the Senate rejected a measure supported by the President which would have allow bankruptcy judges to modify mortgages, and thus potentially save thousands of people from foreclosure and eviction. The measure was strongly opposed by the financial services industry.”
The JOURNAL profiles Steve Meacham, a Boston-based organizer who’s trying to halt the tidal wave of evictions and foreclosures plaguing his community. Meacham works for an award-winning organization known as City Life/Vida Urbana, a group that’s pioneered new strategies to help working people hold on to their homes in the face of intense pressure from banks.
This morning the NY Times woke me with a text of their “NYT News Alert, stating ‘U.S. Economy Shed 539,000 Jobs in April: Unemployment Rate Jumped to 8.9%)
Call me a softie but in these difficult times reading this story helped me out when I needed it:
Article: U. S. homeless couple marry in dream wedding: “WASHINGTON (AFP) – The groom wore a black tuxedo, a damask-rose pink waistcoat and tie, and an ear-to-ear smile.”
“Margret Davis, a parishioner at Grace Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. ends the article with this quote: “Love will get them through so much, but at the end of the day they do need housing,” she said.” l 5.8.09 Update
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