Mary Lee Ward Stays!
UPDATE: (12:30PM EST) In a deal worked out with New York state Assemblywoman Annette Robinson, Mary Lee Ward has won a two week stay of eviction while parties negotiate over her ability to stay in the home.
While this IS NOT OVER, it is a huge victory for Ms. Ward, O4O and their allies and the entire fight for the human right to housing.
The message: MASS EVICTION DEFENSE WORKS!
UPDATE 2: The next action is on Monday, August 22 at 12 noon at the offices of the speculator developer who bought the home under the feet of Ms. Ward. The location is 1168 Fulton St. (between Franklin Ave. and Dean St.), offices of Shameen Chowdury. Please come out if you can.
Over 100 supporters showed up to defend 82 year old Mary Lee Ward from eviction and that show of force has led police to call off the eviction and for New York state Assemblywoman Annette Robinson to step in and host negotiations.
82 year old Mary Lee Ward lived in her Bed-Stuy Brooklyn home for 44 years and was the victim of extreme mortgage fraud. While promising Ms. Ward $13,000 for an equity loan, the finance company only gave her $1,200. Penalties and fees led to a foreclosure judgement in the amount of over $200,000. The finance company has since been investigated by the state of New York for predatory lending targeting Black women and has gone out of business.
The fraudulent lender was named Delta Funding. Hugh Miller, former CEO of Delta, has regrouped as First Reliance Capital. It is the same players in just a regroup of the same company.
NYC organization Organize 4 Occupation (O4O) has taken on Mary Lee Ward's case and organized an eviction defense, mobilizing local residents and the support of other organizations, such as FUREE (Familiees United for Racial and Economic Equality). The mobilization culminated in an eviction blockade today, Friday, August 19.
The blockade was such a success that police called off the eviction and New York state Assemblywoman Annette Robinson called Ms. Ward into negotiations to determine how she can keep her home. The eviction was scheduled for 9:00am, but as of 11:00am Ms. Ward, Assemblywoman Robinson and other parties were in negotiations at the Restoration building nearby.
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Frank Morales of O4O is leading the action in front of the Ward home and an attorney has accompanied Ms. Ward to the negotiations. FUREE mobilized dozens of members to the action and Val Jean, director of FUREE has provided updates and images.
The Take Back the Land- Movement is in full support of FUREE, O4O, Mary Lee Ward and the fight for the human right to housing.
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