Monday, October 21, 2013

Worcester: take a stand on Foreclosure Mediation!

Comment posted to
Worcester manager asks for delay on foreclosure measure until Springfield settles suit

By Nick Kotsopoulos, TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
http://www.telegram.com/article/20131021/NEWS/310219928

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Some here are arguing from one side or the other of the Liberal-Conservative split: individual vs. social responsibility. 

It's like asking "Are you on the side of hot or cold?" Which looks better depends on where you'e standing, but the issue can never be resolved. It's just endless distraction and entertainment. 

Yes some people abuse the law. Yes people should take contracts seriously. Yes some people bought houses they couldn't handle. We go to every door listed for foreclosure in Worcester. We see it all, and we judge no one. We invite all to join us in fighting for their homes. 

We choose a side, not because we're against individual responsibility or want a "nanny state", but because homeowners and communities face a huge imbalance of power, power that is being abused wholesale, and it's only through mutual support, building commitment to each other and engaging the whole community that we can win. 

The giant "too big to fail" banks, their "too big to jail" owners and officers, the corporations they control and the Congress and politicians they own are running rough-shod over us in so many ways. The homeowners they're dispossessing are facing the brunt of the attacks. 

Deserving or undeserving, the banks make no distinction, and neither should we. We ask only "will you stand and fight with us?" - and let them sort themselves out. 

We still have the power to beat the "banksters" in state and local courts, city councils and state legislatures. Step by step, homeowners and community defenders have been beating them back. Our City Councilors stand with the homeowners, ready to pass a well-crafted Mediation Ordinance that will help restore the balance. 

The City Manager is again telling them not to pass it, not to challenge the power of the banks until other cities can prove it's safe. Let Springfield, Lynn and Brockton fight our battles for us! 

In the meantime, hundreds of Worcester homes are being lost, and new storm clouds are gathering. 
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