Mel Watt: Don't Evict Jaymie--March & Rally!

- Meet at Government Center 2nd floor
- Skyway march to Federal Courthouse
- March to City Hall

Less than a month into his term, the new director of the FHFA, Mel Watt, is imminently proceeding with Jaymie’s Kelly’s eviction despite widespread community support, two successful eviction defenses, paying for her house five times over, national media attention, and support from Rep. Keith Ellison and Mayor Betsy Hodges. But Jaymie’s not leaving, and neither are we. Join us for a rally to demand Mel Watt negotiate with Jaymie and that the city not send police to evict Jaymie from her home, forcing Freddie Mac and the FHFA to the negotiating table.

We demand Mel Watt reverse his disappointing decision to continue the predatory practices that have devastated Minneapolis, leading to some of the worst racial homeowner disparities in the country and driving homelessness rates to an all-time high. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must immediately provide fair negotiations with principal reduction for homeowners like Jaymie.

We call on the city to use all powers at its disposal, including eminent domain, to create a local principal reduction program to keep people like Jaymie in their homes and turn vacant homes into affordable housing. Further, we demand the city not use any public resources to evict Minneapolis residents on behalf of financial institutions that refuse to take even basic steps to resolve the crisis, like negotiate with homeowners or offer principal reduction.

Jaymie’s house has become a national symbol of the housing justice movement. This is the first test on a national level of Mel Watt’s willingness to work with homeowners, and for how the new city administration will respond to growing demands for housing equity. Join us to show Mel Watt and city officials it’s time for housing equity for people like Jaymie.

WHEN
February 20, 2014 at 11:30am - 2:30pm
WHERE
Hennepin County Government Center
300 S 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55487
United States
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-02-19 17:01:19 -0600
    3 cities took action on FHFA today: 150 protesting in Boston! Atlanta and LA took it to the streets too. 3 more cities to go -- Minneapolis, NYC and Dallas. #Not1MoreEviction, #wattnow, #homesforall
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-02-19 16:48:35 -0600
    Sadly I will be working this day. However need I remind you all that it takes the mayor Betsy Hodges to inform her police Chief- Jane Hearteau- to NOT ENFORCE this. These are the facts as i understand them. Can any tell me I am wrong?
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-02-18 16:58:01 -0600
    UPDATE: Rep. Keith Ellison will join our rally to call on Mel Watt to reverse FHFA's harmful policies, allow principal reduction, and work with homeowners like Jaymie! Join us Thursday as we set the tone for the next stage of the national movement for policy change at Fannie and Freddie!
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