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Take Back the Land Rochester Joins National Day of Action to Stop Foreclosures

D6 National Day of Action to Stop Foreclosures: Occupy Comes Home


Join Occupy Rochester & Take Back the Land Rochester at

The People's Vision


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

1:00 pm – Rally, 1:30 pm – Press Conference

Rochester Riverside Convention Center

123 East Main Street


The People’s Vision will feature activists reporting on the state of the foreclosure crisis in Rochester, families sharing their success stories on fighting back & winning, & the community’s vision for a future where housing is for people not for profit. Another world is possible. Join us!


Violent displacement takes many forms. While Occupy protestors and activists are being brutally evicted from parks and public spaces, families in the 99% are being forcibly foreclosed on and evicted from their homes. Occupy Rochester & Take Back the Land Rochester are joining forces to say enough is enough. We are moving the fight from Wall Street to Main Street. We are prepared to do what is necessary keep our neighbors in their homes.


CATHY LENNON HEARING POSTPONED INDENFINITELY: Bank of America Pulls Tarnished Foreclosure Law Firm Off Case

Steven J. BaumNearly a year after the unjust foreclosure of her home by Bank of America and Fannie Mae, and her notorious eviction – first prevented, then defended by Take Back the Land Rochester, and later carried out by nearly two dozen Rochester Police, garnering international attention and outrage for excessive police support of criminal bank behavior – Catherine Lennon finally expected her day in court on Friday, December 2, 2011. Lennon has maintained that she was never properly served notice of foreclosure or told when her home went to auction, and supporters found her foreclosure documents full of irregularities and forgery. In response to an Order to Show Cause by the NYS Supreme Court, the banks' attorney, Steven J. Baum P.C., was to have produced documentation proving the case for just foreclosure. The firm, though, under investigation by the NYS Attorney Generalfor the same types of violations in the Lennon case, has been forced to close its doors under adverse publicity and extensive legal woes. Though Baum intended to complete pending cases, Bank of America suddenly removed the firm the Catherine Lennon Case and sought new representation. Lennon's case has been postponed indefinitely with the hopes of an out of court settlement that will keep Catherine Lennon and her family in her home permanently. 

Victory for the Steidel Family: Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac Call Off Eviction!

Fellow Foreclosure Resister Catherine Lennon Gives Harold Steidel a Hug of Support at Wells Fargo Protest

Just days after Take Back the Land Rochester and Occupy Rochester publicly vowed to set up an encampment and eviction blockade at 107 Clay Ave. if the bank came to evict the Steidel family, Freddie Mac called off the controversial eviction slated for this week in order to try to find a permenant settlement between Wells Fargo and the Steidel family.  This incredible premilinary victory follwed a dramatic turn of events that included a public appeal from the family, invervention by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-28), a protest at Wells Fargo, and Freddie Mac announcing that they were banning their notorious foreclosuure law firm, Steven J. Baum (the law firm for the Steidel foreclosure and eviction), from handling their cases.  The people united will never be defeated.


Stop Eviction of the Steidel Family!: Protest At Wells Fargo

What: Demonstration to protest Wells Fargo Bank's home mortgage foreclosure practices This action is particularly aimed to protest the imminent eviction of the Steidel Family of Rochester following the foreclosure of their home. Despite a tax-payer bail out of 25 billion dollars, Wells Fargo has failed to extend the same efforts to help families stay in their homes.
Why:  For 37 years, the Steidel family prospered in Rochester.  In 2007, Harold Steidel’s company, Shadel, employed 100 predominately minority employees and was listed in the Top 100 Companies in Rochester.  Maria served the community as Minister of the 1st Pentacostal Church Shalom Adonai on Seneca Ave.  In 2008, due in part to the economic collapse, Harold’s business closed.  Now, after repeated attempts to work out an agreement with Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac, their home was foreclosed and they now face eviction.  The family has the means to pay all past due funds and make ongoing payments, yet, as early as November 17, they could be forced out of their home.
When:  Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:00-1:00 PM. 
WHERE:  Wells Fargo Advisors, 1200 Pittsford Victor Road, between 490 and Eastview Mall, just past Garnsey

Judge Calls Off Catherine Lennon's Eviction in Order to Reexamine Foreclosure

Catherine Lennon is going to have her day in court.  On Tuesday evening NY State Supreme Court Judge Anne Marie Taddeo called off the controversial eviction of Catherine Lennon which was scheduled for Wednesday, August 17. Ms. Lennon and Take Back the Land Rochester were preparing for a second eviction defense, including a nonviolent eviction blockade which would have happened Wednesday.


Judge Taddeo has reopened the original foreclosure case and requested that Countrywide/Bank of America defend their original foreclosure which was riddled with irregularities.  Countrywide/Bank of America and Catherine Lennon are schedule to appear in NY State Supreme Court on August 30, 2011. 

Cathy Lennon and Take Back the Land Rochester Prepare for Second Eviction Defense at Ravenwood!

Wednesday, August 17 at 11:00am at 9 Ravenwood there will be a protest and nonviolent eviction blockade to stop the unjust eviction of Cathy Lennon from her home.

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