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MoveOn rally turn out small for anti-foreclosure action

March 15, 2012

On a day where hundreds of actions are being organized against Banks that profited from home foreclosures, a Grand Rapids contingent of MoveOn held a rally demanding that President Obama remove the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Ed DeMarco, appointed by George W. Bush, who oversees Fannie and Freddie and refuses to support homeowners.

The “rally” held on Wealthy St in Eastown turned out only 4 supporters today. MoveOn claims that they have planned actions, similar to this one, in 197 communities across the country.

We spoke with Grand Rapids MoveOn spokesperson Mike Franz about the action. Besides the focus of the action, we asked him with 3 years running of increased home foreclosures across the country, why was MoveOn only now demanding something from the Obama administration on this issue. Franz responded by saying it was in conjunction with Senate Hearings today. There are Senate hearings on this matter, but that does not address the question of why the administration has done virtually nothing to address the millions of American families that have been evicted during his first 3 years in office.

We also asked Franz what he thought about the contrast between what MoveOn was doing, which was appealing to the President or what the Occupy Movement has been doing, which is to join with people facing foreclosure and occupy these homes and tell the banks and the Mortgage companies that they are not leaving.

The local MoveOn spokesperson said he supported the tactic of occupying homes but also said it was their thing. We reported last week that Occupy Grand Rapids had announced their willingness to work with individuals and families facing home foreclosure in West MI by using direct action as a tactic, since there is no evidence that the banks nor the mortgage companies are responding to requests for relief from those facing foreclosure.

Here is the 3 minute interview with the Grand Rapids MoveOn spokesperson.

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