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After George Douglass' Victory, Another Wells Fargo Home Defender Steps Forward to Defend his Home

Community Eviction Defense to Keep Veteran Joe Martinez and his Children from Being Evicted from Their Home Before Christmas

On Wednesday, December 3, Joe Martinez was served an eviction notice by the Rochester City Marshal informing him that he will be evicted with all his belongings as early as Tuesday, December 9th, despite his legal right to remain in the home. Let's stand up with Joe to keep him and his sons there!

On Tuesday, December 9, at 11:00am Joe Martinez, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will be holding a nonviolent community eviction blockade at Joe's home at 189 Alameda Street, Rochester, NY 14621. Mr. Martinez is demanding the eviction be called off and Wells Fargo enter into negotiations to stay in his home. This eviction blockade will include some communities members who are willing to risk arrest as an act of civil disobedience. 

Mass foreclosures and evictions only create more homelessness, displacement, and vacant houses that fall into disrepair, and decrease the overall quality of life in a neighborhood.  Take Back the Land Rochester believes the whole community has a vested interest in keeping people in their homes. Joe's eviction will result in yet another vacant house in our city.

Joe's Story:
"My name is Joseph Martinez.  I am a United States military veteran, and a single parent of Phillip and Joseph Jr, aged 11 and 4.  On April 1, 2014, I signed a year lease for 189 Alameda Street. Approximately two months ago, I found out that the house I live in was being foreclosed.  Despite presenting a copy of my lease to Wells Fargo I was informed that the bank would be trying to evict me on December 8, and they wanted me to pack up and leave. Not honoring my lease is in direct violation of the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009. For me, having a stable home in a positive environment is crucial for raising my children. Having to move would surely create instability. In addition, being so close to Christmas will add additional stress both financially, physically and emotionally. 


As a veteran I would expect Wells Fargo to be understanding and support me in my wish to stay at least to the end of the lease. I chose Alameda Street because of the proximity to an excellent school with a great sports program where my son, Phillip, can thrive. One month ago I was given sole custody of Phillip, and being able to provide a stable environment for him was one of the deciding factors for the judge.  It would be unfair to my son to have to pack up three weeks before Christmas with no home to move into.   


I am asking Wells Fargo to call off the eviction and negotiate with me so my family has a place to live for Christmas and beyond. If you will not grant my request I will be working to peacefully defend my home with the help of Take Back the Land Rochester.  I look forward to working with you."



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