SAFE newsletter on homeless, TPP, neoliberalism

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Standing Against Foreclosure & Eviction

NEWSLETTER

February 5th, 2016

Updates

THE 2016 ONE NIGHT COUNT found an increase of 19%

Everyone’s talking about our State of Emergency on Homelessness yet our problem keeps growing. Here are the results from the January 29th One Night Count.

“At least 4,505 men, women, and children were without shelter during the three hour street count. This number is an increase of 19% over those found without shelter last year. This number is always assumed to be an undercount, because we do not count everywhere, and because many people take great care not to be visible.”

http://homelessinfo.org/what_we_do/one_night_count/2016_results.php

Compassionate Voice – Lisa Herbold

It is something of a surprise that our conservative paper, the Seattle Times, ran a great opinion piece from our new council member, Lisa Herbold. She gets to the heart of the problem on affordable housing.

“Seattle faces a serious affordable-housing crisis that is pushing out many long-time residents. The Journal of Urban Affairs found that, on average, an increase of $100 in median rent corresponded to a 15 percent increase in the numbers of people who are homeless.”

http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/wall-streets-impact-on-seattles-housing-affordability/

 

SAFE Supports Action against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

On February 3rd a couple of SAFE members joined the group gathered at City Hall and listened to speakers including Councilmember Mike O’Brien. From City Hall there was a march which then headed down to the federal building to where Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray have their offices. Both of them are supporters of the TPP agreement which is the modern WTO on steroids.  The greatest part of this rally was sending a definite message to our Senators that we will no longer support, and will in fact work actively to replace them, if they continue to come out on the side of corporations.

The Media’s Blame Game-A Tale of Two Shootings

The shooting in the Jungle really highlights how the media creates prejudice in reporting on a story. At the link there is a great article on the finger pointing blame game played by the media as it concerns those who live on the street.

Instead of truly raising concerns on how dangerous is it to live without a home and how to solve our problems, the media generally sensationalizes drug problems and focuses on the coming action that will once and for all clear out the Jungle area leaving the inhabitants even more out in the cold. Here comes the sweep!

It is extremely import how the article notes in the three quotes below, the contrast in how two different shootings which took place in the same week are treated:

“On Wednesday, February 3, two suspects shot and seriously wounded a 22-year-old man on a bus in SoDo”

“The Metro [bus] shooting came only two days after horrifying details emerged in police documents concerning the previous week’s killing of two people and wounding of three others at The Jungle.”

“But after the Metro shooting, nobody demanded that the police seize all possessions being carried by the passengers on the bus. The Seattle Times didn’t run three straight days of front page, above-the-fold stories calling buses dens of drugs, guns, and deaths.”

http://geov.org/gp/?p=322

Water and Human Rights

On February 2nd, SAFE hosted guest speaker and Human Rights activist Martha Schmidt of the National Lawyers Guild. She led us in an extended discussion on the human rights crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Flint is the poster child which illustrates the changing mission of our government. The new (neo) framework and aim of government is to foster a good business environment. No longer does the health and welfare of the citizen matter, only business matters.

Martha started out the discussion by having us define the very root of the problem, Neoliberalism.

The main points of neo-liberalism include:

1.THE RULE OF THE MARKET. Liberating “free” enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes. Greater openness to international trade and investment, as in NAFTA. Reduce wages by de-unionizing workers and eliminating workers’ rights that had been won over many years of struggle. No more price controls. All in all, total freedom of movement for capital, goods and services. To convince us this is good for us, they say “an unregulated market is the best way to increase economic growth, which will ultimately benefit everyone.” It’s like Reagan’s “supply-side” and “trickle-down” economics — but somehow the wealth didn’t trickle down very much.

2.CUTTING PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES like education and health care. REDUCING THE SAFETY-NET FOR THE POOR, and even maintenance of roads, bridges, water supply — again in the name of reducing government’s role. Of course, they don’t oppose government subsidies and tax benefits for business.

3.DEREGULATION. Reduce government regulation of everything that could diminish profits, including protecting the environment and safety on the job.

4.PRIVATIZATION. Sell state-owned enterprises, goods and services to private investors. This includes banks, key industries, railroads, toll highways, electricity, schools, hospitals and even fresh water. Although usually done in the name of greater efficiency, which is often needed, privatization has mainly had the effect of concentrating wealth even more in a few hands and making the public pay even more for its needs.

5.ELIMINATING THE CONCEPT OF “THE PUBLIC GOOD” or “COMMUNITY” and replacing it with “individual responsibility.” Pressuring the poorest people in a society to find solutions to their lack of health care, education and social security all by themselves — then blaming them, if they fail, as “lazy.”

Around the world, neo-liberalism has been imposed by powerful financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=376

It was a great discussion and all participated!

We hope that there will be criminal prosecution of Governor Rick Snyder and Flint’s Emergency Manager, Darnell Earley. Both were supposed to speak to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and on Thursday, Earley was served with a subpoena by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Proof that officials knew the water in Flint was dangerous is found in the state supported shipping of bottled water for consumption by Flint’s city workers.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/04/us/flint-water-crisis-emergency-manager/index.html

SAFE continues to endorse petition regarding Flint, MI

So far 591,406 people have signed Michael Moore’s petition that asks US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch to arrest Rick Snyder, the Governor of Michigan, for his complicity in the crime of poisoning the people of Flint. We urge our members and allies to sign it. Please go the link: http://michaelmoore.com/DontSendBottledWater/

Rally for Homeowner Justice

On Tuesday, February 2nd, some members of SAFE went down to Olympia to lobby once again. A group of about 30 people were there in all.  Pina, Red, Merle, Jane, etc. were there to bring attention to the injustice of laws supporting criminal banks and their illegal activities in home foreclosures.

This dedicated Housing Justice Lobby group had also gone to Olympia the week before in order to attend a hearing on HOUSE BILL #2876 and they had drafted important changes of wording in the bill which would give homeowners an equal footing at Mediations. Their efforts to change the law were shut down but this group will not be deterred!

Help keep SAFE in the forefront of the fight for social, economic, housing, and environmental justice.

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Upcoming Events:

The People’s Assembly 2016 – How Do We Win Change?

At City Hall – 11:00 am –  Saturday, February 27th

Join Councilmember Kshama Sawant and many of Seattle’s best activists and organizers to discuss what to fight for in 2016, and how you can join the struggle to win:

Speakers will include: City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, State Senator Pramila Jayapal, Martin Luther King County Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Grant, Fromer Executive Director of the Tenants Union of Washington State Jon Grant, Climate Activist Sarra Tekola, and many others!

Weekly Solidarity Meeting

SAFE holds our weekly Solidarity Meeting every Tuesday at the Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118, at Rainier and Orcas in Hillman City.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 9th, 2016.  A meal is served at 6:30 pm; the meeting starts at 7:00 pm.  All are welcome.

WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED!

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS

You can reach us at safeinseattle.info@gmail.com or 206-203-2125

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Friday actions for SAFE: protest and press conference

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Protest and Press Conference

This action is protesting the auction of Marquette Bowman’s family home. This home was left to her by her father who was a victim of a predatory reverse mortgage. We are coupling this protest with a a press conference announcing Barton victory in court over RCO and Quality Loan Services! A summary judgment of default has been issued against Quality Loan Services and RCO in the Barton Case. The outcome of the Barton litigation shows exactly why ongoing litigation is grounds for delaying auctions where there are questions as to property ownership.

Where: 4th & James in front of the King County Administration Building across from the King County Courthouse
When: Friday October 10, 2014 @ 10:00am
Meetup: At Einstein’s Bagels on 4th and Cherry at 9:30am

Demand Delivery

Join us in delivering a demand letter to Wells Fargo Bank on behalf of Jane Mair in her continued battle to keep her house!

Where: We will be meeting at the Food Court on the Southwest corner of 3rd & Marion in Downtown Seattle
When: Friday October 10, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

Please Join Us In Our Continued Fight For Housing As A Human

King County Sheriff’s Department Arrest Jean Barton and Her Son, Drag Disabled Veteran Byron Barton to The Hospital

Two weeks ago, SAFE activists held a press conference where they asked the question, “Who runs this town?” Today, Sheriff Urquhart, stepping up to the role of corporate goon, answered the question definitively; property developers do. Thanks to a hastily-obtained search warrant, a mother and her son have been handcuffed, stuffed into a cop car, and taken down to county jail to be held. Byron Barton has been removed against his will from his childhood home and taken to a undisclosed hospital. The Bartons’ home is now occupied by unknown “renters”.

This was not an eviction; it was a raid against Seattle citizens outside the primary jurisdiction of the King County Sheriff’s Department –an extraordinary move to place a family in jail at the behest of Triangle. The Sheriff’s department forced their way into the Barton home with a search warrant and detectives. They did not have an unlawful detainer, which is the specific court document that would have allowed the Sheriff’s department to enact a legal eviction. The current unlawful detainer is under appeal.

The Sheriff issued a contradictory statement about today’s arrests. Sheriff Urquhart said of the arrests that “Triangle Property Development…is a victim of bureaucratic inaction…I was not willing to let that continue.” Does this mean that he will not allow elected officials to interfere with his interpretation of the law?

This is a clear about-face from just last week. At a court hearing regarding the Barton’s case, a representative of the Sheriff’s Department argued that the enforcement of criminal statutes, including trespassing charges, was in fact the purview of the Seattle Police Department, not King County Sheriffs. The Judge agreed. Why has the Sheriff’s Department now gone out of their own stated jurisdiction, and arrested the Bartons as criminal trespassers?

“This is a total violation of civil rights,” the Barton’s attorney Jill Smith said of the forcible eviction and arrest.

At this time, Byron Barton’s whereabouts within the hospital system are unknown. “The helplessness, I’m sure, is overwhelming for him,” Jean Barton said.

Judge Upholds SPD’s Discretion in Not Arresting Bartons While They Challenge the Legality of Fraudulent Foreclosure

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Today, a King County judge ruled that SPD acted properly in not interfering in Jean and Byron Bartons’ civil land dispute regarding their home in West Seattle. The judge has now put the ball in King County’s court, giving Triangle Properties the option to seek a writ against the Sheriff’s department to carry out an eviction that they claim they have already carried out.

The Bartons’ case has now become something of a hot potato, with Triangle passing it to the courts, the city passing the matter to the county, the county passing it back to the city, and now the judge tossing it back to the King County Sheriff’s Department.

Meanwhile, Byron Barton is still in his home of 61 years, in comfortable conditions, under the home care of his wife, while the couple waits for a superior court to make a decision regarding the fraudulent foreclosure practices of Chase Bank and Quality Loan Services, who auctioned the property to Triangle last April. Quality Loan Services has already been reprimanded by Attorney General Bob Ferguson last March for illegal foreclosure practices, and those same practices were used in the theft of Jean and Byron’s home.

“If someone takes your home, and they break the law while doing it, don’t you deserve your day in court before the property is removed from you?” says Randy Whitelock, SAFE Organizer, ”The AG has already gone after QLS publicly, and put a moratorium on foreclosures they’re involved in. They are the criminals, not the Bartons.”

As far as services supposedly offered by the city…

“All we’ve gotten are a list of phone numbers, applications for 3 to 5 year waiting lists, and a case worker from the VA who has done nothing. The idea that we’ve turned down resources is ridiculous,” says Jill Barton.

The simple truth is that the city has no adequate resources for putting displaced citizens into stable, permanent housing, an issue that should be addressed by Mayor Murray in his mission to end veteran homelessness in Seattle.

But for now, the Bartons are in their home, awaiting their day in court.

Victory at the Barton's blockade!

 

Thanks to the fighting spirit of Jean and Byron Barton, last week SAFE members were able to stop their eviction from taking place. The blockade lasted 5 days, and ended in a final push to City Hall to demand justice for the Bartons. Thanks to the Seattle Mayor’s office, the Bartons are now safely in their home awaiting their civil land dispute to be heard in court. This victory could not be achieved without the hard work, quick thinking, and resiliency of SAFE and our partners SHARE, Nickelsville, Seattle Solidarity Network, Jess Spear, Kshama Sawant and her office, Washington CAN, and Food not Bombs. Special thanks goes out to the West Seattle Weekly, who covered the event exhaustively and imbedded with us early Monday morning before our City Hall action, and to every person who sent an email to Mayor Murray demanding justice for the Bartons.

We won this victory together, and we should all be proud!

The next step is to use this momentum to speed up the policy change we have been demanding since we began. We will be meeting with the King County Sheriff’s Department to push for transparent evictions and protocols that protect the safety, rights, and dignity of evicted homeowners. We will be pushing the city council of Seattle to use eminent domain to halt the many evictions of Seattle homeowners. We are also pushing the Washington Attorney General to begin actually pursuing penalties for the criminal activity that banks engage in that result in evictions like the Barton’s.

We know that stopping an eviction is just a victory in a battle, but effecting systemic change is a victory in the overall war on eviction and foreclosure.

 

6:30PM, Tuesday July 22nd

– SAFE’s weekly meeting. Food will be served.

 

Where: The SAFE House, Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave S (corner of Graham St), Seattle WA 98108 map

 

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UPCOMING ACTIONS and EVENTS:

 

Beginning 9:50am, Friday, July 25th– RCO Auction Protest!

 

Thousands of homes are sold at auction in King County each year, and not all of them are a result of legitimate or legal foreclosures. SAFE members will be staging a loud protest during a Routh Crabtree Olsen property auction in Bellevue this Friday.  We will be holding a “party-like” protest, with singing, instruments, and a decent amount of noise in very close proximity to the auction. Join us! Bryce is bottom lining this event.

Where: 13555 SE 36th St., Bellevue

 

SAFE members are encouraged to take the fun political compass test to see where they stand in relation to our politicians and leaders, and even historical figures like Gandhi and Stalin! Take the test. Lets see where we all fall in the spectrum, closer to the Dalai Lama or to Hitler?

 

Go here to sign the petition to save the Squire Park Plaza from more Goodman Realty’s greed. (Goodman Realty was the villain in the Tenant Union’s fight to save Lockhaven. Goodman Realty is buying up non-profit properties and turning them into corporate cash cows. We must stop them!

 

Go here to sign the Tenant’s Union’s petition to save the Theodora (home to veterans, elderly and disabled low-income households) and learn more about this fight.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SAFE’s MISSION:

 

1. MOVE YOUR MONEY FROM WALL STREET BANKS – BANK SUSTAINABLY, BANK LOCALLY, BANK AT CREDIT UNIONS!

2. DONATE TO SAFE.

3. COME TO SAFE’S ACTIONS.

4. COME TO SAFE’S GENERAL MEETINGS.

5. GO CANVASSING WITH SAFE IN NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND SEATTLE.

6. VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH SAFE’S MESSAGE WORKING GROUP.

6. BUY SAFE T-SHIRTS AND OTHER MERCHANDISE AND WEAR THEM IN PUBLIC TO RAISE AWARENESS.

7. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT SAFE AND BRING THEM TO OUR MEETINGS.

8. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK,

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER,

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE.

 

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You can reach us at info@SAFEinSeattle.org or 206-203-2125.

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Bartons Win a Battle, but the Fight Continues!

Lot’s of action at the Barton House yesterday. Here’s a brief recap:

Yesterday morning at 7:30am, Sheriff’s deputies descended onto the Barton house. They had locksmiths with them, who immediately began changing locks as the deputies entered to speak with the Bartons. They broke down the back gate to the back yard, and came in three deep to the back door. SAFE members immediately mobilized in response, forming a human blockade.

The deputies were met with Byron and Jean chained to his hospital bed with a family friend. An overwhelmed Sheriff’s department scrambled to try to address the situation, and in the time it took for them to figure out what to do, media and supporters arrived in force. Multiple human blockades were established around the house, while cameras and reporters watched and documented.

Paramedics arrived to transport Bryon to the VA hospital against his will. The deputies offered Byron two options: go to the hospital  or be dumped on the street to die. Staying in his home under the care of his family was off the table.

Byron was carried out through a side door to the house in an attempt to carry him down the hill to the street where the ambulance was waiting. SAFE activists had a singular objective: keep Byron in his neighborhood. They blockaded the paramedics and were dragged away by the police. Then they blockaded the ambulance by throwing themselves under the vehicle, not allowing the ambulance to leave the premises. Sheriff’s deputies attempted to drag the SAFE members out from under the vehicle, but for every two activists removed, two were right there to take their place.

Eventually, the Sheriff’s department relented and Byron was released from the ambulance. SAFE held a press conference and gave Byron a voice he would not have had if the ambulance had been allowed to leave.

Because of the tentative nature of Byron’s medical condition, Byron needed access to his home for medical care. Fortunately, the Barton’s home was found unsecure, and Byron was brought back home, where he remains as of the writing of this update!

The fight continues!  Seattle police where brought in to clear the Barton family home of “trespassers” in the late afternoon.  They decided to hold off on arresting anyone to “review the paperwork” but did not make any guarantees that they won’t be back to enforce the theft of the home by Chase Bank and Triangle Properties.

We need your help!  We need people to come down to 6548 41st Ave SW Seattle to stand with the Bartons.

Call Mr. Daher

Call Mr. Mohamad Daher of Triangle Properties and tell him to negotiate with the Bartons. They are offering to pay rent while they appeal the legality of the Chase Bank Foreclosure.

Their appeal is in the courts right now.

Triangle Properties is lying about them having lots of money and has refused to reasonably negotiate up to this point. We have already demonstrated outside his multimillion dollar condo on Alki Beach. The fight against Triangle Properties and their foreclosure profiteering is just beginning. Mr. Daher’s phone number is 206-420-1674. Let everyone at City Hall know you support the Bartons staying in their home.

Join the action. Here’s Some of the Fantastic Coverage from yesterday:

KIRO 7

King 5

 

West Seattle Herald

KOMO News

West Seattle Blog

The Stranger

The Press Conference on YouTube

Standing Against Foreclosure & Eviction

Housing is a Human Right​
​SAFEinSeattle.org

Standing Against Forelcosure & Eviction Network

An Eviction Blockade to defend the Barton Family will begin at 7am on Thursday morning in front of their home in West Seattle at: 6548 41st Ave SW Seattle, WA 98136

Drop everything and be a part of history!  We need people to show up when they can and sign up for shifts to be present. We need activists willing to risk arrest to contact us as soon as possible. We need neighbors willing to donate food or put pressure on the development company to contact us via email or call Josh at: 206-290-7345.

Jean and Byron are fighters. They have two sons. Jean works for a homeless shelter. Byron is a disabled Vietnam Veteran. They are both refusing to be thrown out of their home. Bryon grew up here and has lived in the home for over fifty years. He claims that the bank illegally foreclosed on him. The development company Triangle Properties offered the Bartons $14,000 to move out and then told them they would get nothing. The Bartons are appealing the foreclosure. The Sherrif’s department originally refused to evict and then was threatened by Triangle with a law suit. They now say Byron will be put in a hospital and his wife and kids will be forced out. Jean’s says that they will have to arrest her to remove her from her home.

SAFE sees housing as a human right and will meet the eviction with a human blockade. Join the resistance movement and let’s beat back the bank attack. Triangle Properties is going to regret trying to profit off displacement and refusing to negotiate with the household.

Here’s recent Press Coverage:

Here’s our Press Release:

NEWS ADVISORY  

For Immediate Release 

July 17, 2014

CONTACT: Randy Whitelock- rswhitelock@gmail.com – 206-355-6160

Eviction Blockade for Jean and Byron Barton’s Home

 

The Barton’s are a family of four that are facing a hasty and illegal eviction from their home in West Seattle. Byron is a wheelchair bound disabled veteran of the Vietnam War. Jean works for Mary’s Place, a homeless services agency in Seattle. They have two sons Brandon and Bryan.

The Barton’s made the news a few weeks ago when a King County Sherriff’s Deputy refused to carry out an eviction, citing moral authority. The Barton’s claim that their home was illegally foreclosed upon. Now Triangle Properties, the corporation trying to quickly steal the Barton’s home from under them, has pressed the Sherriff’s Department to proceed with another eviction. This time, the Barton’s will be ready to defend their home.

A human eviction blockade will be set up in front of the Barton’s home to meet the Deputies when they arrive. This form of civil disobedience will be used because all other strategies for keeping the Barton’s in their home, including offering to pay a bond to stay, have been exhausted. The stakes are high; if an eviction is carried out, Byron will be forced out of his home and into an ambulance that will drop him off at the local VA hospital, and Jean and her children will all be forced into separate living situations. The entire family will be torn apart by this eviction.

“I will stay until the Sherriff sends me to the VA hospital,” says Byron Barton, from his wheelchair.

Date: The Eviction blockade starts at 7am on Thursday, July 17th. There will be a press conference Friday afternoon.

What:  Eviction Blockade in Front of Jean and Byron’s home.

Where: 6548 41st Ave SW in West Seattle

Who: Members of SAFE (Standing Against Foreclosure & Eviction), Washington CAN, Sea Sol, and the Barton Family

Visuals: Picket Signs and Protesters, chants led through megaphone, tents on the law, 24 occupation, and a human blockade in front of the Barton’s door to prevent Sherriff’s deputy’s from proceeding with the eviction. There may be arrests. Byron and Jean wil not be moved. Press conference Friday afternoon. Interviews available upon request.

Why:  The Barton’s are fighting to stay in their home and keep their family together. An eviction would mean sending Byron to a VA hospital and Jean and the children to separate living situations.  They have taken all possible steps to stave off an eviction, including offering to pay a bond in County Court. The justice system has failed them, and now they are forced to take action. 

SAFE newsletter

6:30PM, Tuesday May 20th: SAFE’s weekly meeting with SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER PAUL BODEN. Food will be served.

Paul Boden is the Executive Director of WRAP (Westland Regional Advocacy Project) and he travels the country speaking and educating others on the issues of homelessness and social justice. Please join us to welcome Paul Boden to Seattle and listen to his input on the housing justice fight. Go here for WRAP‘s website.

Where: The SAFE House, Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave S (corner of Graham St), Seattle WA 98108 map

UPCOMING ACTIONS:

4:30PM-5:30PM, Friday May 16th – Picket Kendra Todd!

SAFE will be picketing Real Estate vampire Kendra Todd to demand that they negotiate a bank tenant agreement with local bus driver Jo-Ann Rose. Kendra Todd are guilty of stealing homes, threatening Jo-Ann, and assaulting SAFE members so this real estate agency deserves to be told that we won’t take their abuse. We need as many people there as possible to show Kendra Todd that they’re not going to get away with their criminal actions. Jo-Ann Rose shall NOT be moved. Email bottom-liner Ismael to let him know you’re coming.

Where: The SAFE House, Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave S (corner of Graham St), Seattle WA 98108 map

 

OTHER EVENTS:

10AM-2PM, Saturday May 17th – Work Party at the Beacon Food Forest.

The Beacon Hill Food Forest is a community project to provide locally grown, sustainable food that helps the environment and everyone’s bills. All are welcome to volunteer, they have work parties every month as listed on their website. SAFE unanimously voted to endorse the Food Forest and sends volunteers every month. Come and join us to meet your neighbors, get some sun, and exercise gardening!

 

Where: Corner of 15th Ave S and South Dakota St, Beacon Hill, Seattle WA. map

 

5PM-8PM, Sunday May 18th – SAFE Signs Work Party.

Zarna is coordinating a work party to make the signs SAFE needs over the next few months. It’s plenty of fun so join us to paint, spray, draw, stencil and do all kinds of creative things. Wear old clothing you don’t mind messing up.

Where: The SAFE House, Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave S (corner of Graham St), Seattle WA 98108 map

 

OUR RECENT EVENTS:

This past week has been very difficult for SAFE because Dana‘s house was demolished on Monday by corrupt real estate developer Omar Lee and his associate Adam Nguyen. SAFE tried to stop this disaster by protesting the demolition. Dana and Ivy went onto the property and refused to move, accepting that the police would arrest them. SAFE members told the police that it was immoral to arrest Dana for defending her home but they arrested Dana and Ivy anyway, allowing the demolition team to swoop in and smash up Dana’s beautiful 100-year-old home. KOMO4 covered the disaster on the 6pm news, go here to watch. Go here to read Dana’s story.

On Tuesday SAFE also picketed Real Estate Vampire Kendra Todd to make them take Jo-Ann‘s check so Jo-Ann can pay to stay in her home. Bryce bottom-lined the event and SAFE members made noise outside Kendra Todd’s busy office building. Kendra Todd were well aware that we were outside and they didn’t like the bad publicity so join us on Friday for another picket. We can force them to accept Jo-Ann’s check and let her pay to stay in her home.

SAFE also held a Solidary Potluck BBQ at Jo-Ann’s house on Saturday to inform her neighbors about our upcoming eviction blockade. It was a huge turnout with much food and many speakers who talked about their own individual fight against the banks. Jo-Ann wishes to thank everyone for coming and supporting her fight to save her home.

SAFE’s Board met on Tuesday to approve hiring Zarna as SAFE’s Message Coordinator. Zarna is very excited to begin work as an official employee of SAFE next week! She wishes to thank SAFE for having such confidence in her and will do her very best to further SAFE’s mission of economic justice and systemic change.

SAFE voted unanimously to endorse the Tenant’s Union’s campaign entitled the Theodora Rescue Committee. The Theodora in Ravenna is home to veterans, elderly, and disabled low-income households. It has been providing affordable housing to Seattle for over a hundred years and is one of only a few HUD buildings left in Seattle. Now, Volunteers of America and Goodman Real Estate have entered into a purchase agreement that will displace the Theodora’s low-income households. Go here to sign the Tenant’s Union’s petition for the campaign and learn more about this fight. SAFE Organizer Ismael is our liaison with the TU.

 

SAFE’s 2nd birthday party on May 1st was a lovely event. We had more people than chairs and had to bring in extras. Kshama Sawant also joined us to celebrate SAFE’s two years of fighting the banks. One family drove all the way from Longview to be part of the evening! Selena was our MC, and we had singers, piano players, celebration videos from SAFE’s two years, cake, and great Chinese food. Here’s a video Chris King made of the event.

 

Recently SAFE held a very successful demand delivery and press conference at Wells Fargo Tower downtown on behalf of Jane and Marilyn and as part of the National Day of Action to protest this giant toxic bank. The security guard was all over us but SAFE members focused only on the task of reading our demand letter. Outside, we had both TV and newspaper press coverage. We made the KING5 6pm and 9pm news and Northwest Asian Weekly published an excellent article about the event. Go here to read.

 

Seattle has more empty houses than homeless people on the streets so SAFE is calling for a moratorium on bank evictions in King County. SAFE Organizer Josh did a radio interview with Mike McCormick on this topic and you can go here to listen. SAFE members also attended a meeting in the Seattle City Council Chambers some time ago to demand a moratorium. We dominated the tone of the meeting, totally discrediting the inaccurate foreclosure report being presented. Go here to watch us in action and go here for a press release about the meeting. SAFE Vice President Olu also met with city council members Bruce Harrell, Sally Clark, and Nick Licata to discuss housing justice, urge principal reduction and a moratorium on bank evictions.

DONATE

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1. MOVE YOUR MONEY FROM WALL STREET BANKS – BANK SUSTAINABLY, BANK LOCALLY, BANK AT CREDIT UNIONS!

2. DONATE TO SAFE!

3. COME TO SAFE’S ACTIONS!

4. COME TO SAFE’S GENERAL MEETINGS!

5. GO CANVASSING WITH SAFE IN NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND SEATTLE!

6. VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH SAFE’S MESSAGE WORKING GROUP!

6. BUY SAFE T-SHIRTS AND OTHER MERCHANDISE AND WEAR THEM IN PUBLIC TO RAISE AWARENESS!

7. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT SAFE AND BRING THEM TO OUR MEETINGS!

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SAFE actions and events

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6:30PM, Tuesday April 22nd – SAFE’s weekly meeting. Food will be served.

Where: The SAFE House, Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave S (corner of Graham St), Seattle WA 98108 map

 

4:30PM-6PM, Friday April 18th – Protest Bank of America in Columbia City.

This will be SAFE’s fifteenth action at this location and this week will be a vigil and picket. Ismael has been fighting for years to save his home from this giant toxic bank and SAFE is standing with him. Rosie was one of households included in this campaign but recently SAFE received word that Rosie’s mediation resulted in BofA granting Rosie a three month trial modification! With Ismael’s house still on the line, please join us and we can win victory for Ismael too. With so many bank evictions happening, SAFE is calling for a moratorium on bank evictions in King County and SAFE Organizer Josh did a radio interview with Mike McCormick on this topic. Go here to listen.

Where: Meet up outside the Library on Rainier Ave so we can proceed together to BofA,  4825 Rainier Ave S, Seattle WA 98118  map

 

2PM-4PM, Saturday April 19th – Canvassing Jo-Ann’s neighborhood

SAFE members will meet up at Jo-Ann’s house before canvassing her neighbors to let them know about her fight. We want to inform as many people in the community as possible so they can support Jo-Ann and SAFE if it comes to an eviction blockade. The canvassing SAFE does is one of the most important parts of our struggle against the big banks so join SAFE organizers Bryce and Josh in this most vital outreach to build the movement. We need you! Email Bryce or Josh to let them know you’re coming.

Where: Jo-Ann’s house, 10426 63rd Ave S, Seattle WA. map

 

OTHER ACTIONS and EVENTS:

 

10AM-9PM, Saturday April 26th – 15Now Conference

Our allies at 15Now are bringing all their supporters together to launch the $15 an hour ballot initiative. Consider attending to discuss the campaign, get trained up for the actions, and organize. Let’s make the $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle a reality! Go here for their website.

Where: Franklin High School, 3013 S Mt Baker Blvd, Seattle WA 98144, next to the Mount Baker light rail station. map

 

11PM-1PM, Sunday April 27th – Tenant’s Union March

Our allies at the Lockhave Tenant’s Union are mobilizing to call on Landlord and Mogul developer John Goodman to not displace his tenants, and to stop ruining the communities of Ballard, Ravenna, and Seattle! There will be a March from Ballard Commons that will end with a rally at 12:30 at “Golden Tides”, Goodmans personal marina and residence, 6017 Seaview Ave NW. Go here for more information and to RSVP.

Where: Meet-up at Ballard Commons Park, corner of 22nd, and 57th to march and join the rally. map The rally itself will be at 6017 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle WA. map

 

1:45PM-5PM, Sunday April 27th – Backbone Anti-Oppression Workshop

SAFE members have been invited to attend Backbone’s workshop with trainers from The Canopy Collective (an eco-feminist cooperative) to learn how to unite and fight back against all the kinds of oppression. The workshop will feature ways in which we can work together to build our community’s capacity for positive change. Please attend to learn more about how to be effective in the battle for social justice. Go here to register, look for the “2 hour” sections.

Where: Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, Seattle WA. map

 

OUR RECENT EVENTS:

 

SAFE members attended the meeting in the Seattle City Council Chambers a couple of weeks ago to demand a moratorium on bank evictions. SAFE members came out strong and we dominated the tone of the meeting, totally discrediting the inaccurate foreclosure report being presented. Go here to watch us in action and go here for a press release about the meeting.

 

Last Wednesday the ILWU (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) hosted the Hong Kong Dock Workers and SAFE Organizers were invited to attend the meeting. It was an inspiring evening where two leaders of the Hong Kong Dock Workers gave an in-depth discussion of their unprecedented Strike to improve working conditions – which included 24-hour shifts, no opportunity to eat or go to the bathroom, incredibly low wages, and a polluted working environment. SAFE members met with our brothers and sisters across the pacific who are so heroic in their efforts for justice and so generous in their outlook. Go here for ILWU’s latest article on the Hong Kong Dock Workers.

 

SAFE’s fourteenth picket of BofA in Columbia City for Ismael last Friday was a powerful event that had a lot of local support. Previously SAFE staged a demand delivery for Ismael at BofA and managed to bring the bank to a standstill where even the security guard wouldn’t move. Ismael has now received a letter from the bank saying that they have received his paperwork. Please join us this Friday for an action outside BofA in ColumbiaCity to save Ismael’s home.

 

This past Saturday, SAFE completed its’ work party at Bethany UCC under Ismael’s sterling leadership. The Bethany grounds look great and it’s all thanks to Ismael and the volunteers who showed up both Saturdays and put in hours of work to help both SAFE and Bethany church.

 

Last but not least, SAFE is declaring VICTORY!!! We’ve been here for two years now, and we want to celebrate in style on our birthday on May 1st by taking part in the May Day parade. Then, as Jane has been granted a permanent loan modification for her house (in another fantastic victory!), she wishes to have a celebration at China Harbor for all of SAFE’s members on the evening of May 1st. Please RSVP to Lyn so we can anticipate our numbers and book appropriately. More details to come…

 

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Upcoming SAFE Actions

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Dear SAFE Supporter –

6:30PM, Tuesday December 17thSAFE’s last weekly meeting of the year. Food will be served! WE WILL NOT BE MEETING ON Tuesday December 24th or 31st.

Where: The SAFE House, Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave S (corner of Graham St), Seattle WA 98108

UPCOMING ACTIONS:

4:30PM, Friday December 13thDemand Delivery to BofA Downtown. This will be the start of SAFE’s collectivized campaign for multiple households against a single Wall Street Bank. We will march into the bank and announce our demands from Bank of America, effectively putting the bank on notice. We’ll be making a collective demand for Jane, Ismael, and Rosie.

Where: Meet up at 5th and Madison, east entrance of Seattle Public Library map

4:30PM, Monday December 16th– Candlelight Vigil and Press Conference for Jen Wallis. Another family displaced in Seattle, Jen is a single mom who wanted to pay to stay in her home, but the bank refused to negotiate with her and Fannie Mae who took ownership refused to allow her to rent. Eviction was scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving. Jen’s Story

Where: 2311 SW Myrtle St., Seattle, WA 98106 map

Friday December 20th – RCO Auction Protest for Janine Fleming. We’ll be protesting homes being illegally auctioned by this corrupt company, specifically Janine’s.

 

Where: 13555 Southeast 36th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006. We’ll be meeting at the corner of SE 36th St and SE 37th St directly behind their parking lot at 9:50AM. map

 

January 7th 2014 – SAFE Board Election. The first General Meeting of 2014 will include voting for Board members. There are open positions and members are invited to nominate themselves. The Board meets monthly and is responsible for SAFE Finances.

 

Where: The SAFE House, Bethany UCC, 6230 Beacon Ave, Seattle WA 98108.

 

Other Events:

 

1PM, Tuesday December 17th– City Council Vote. The full City Council will be voting on Resolution 31495 presented by the Seattle City Council Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture Committee Meeting. A Resolution exploring mortgage principle reduction and other foreclosure prevention programs for low-income homeowners in order to support and revitalize communities impacted by the foreclosure crisis.

 

Where: Seattle City Hall, 4th Ave and James St. map

 

OUR RECENT EVENTS:

 

On Friday December 6th, SAFE members attended three protests, despite the freezing cold weather. The first protest was organized by WA CAN against RCO/Northwest’s home auction and it was VERY EFFECTIVE! We caused so much disruption that they postponed the auction until 1pm. Then several SAFE members went back at 1pm to protest again and managed to get Mila’s house taken off the auction list. Then later on Friday evening SAFE held a protest for Jane at the BofA on Beacon Hill. We had a big turnout of over thirty people and Kshama Sawant also came out to support Jane! Members of the singing Labor Force joined us and sang songs in the holiday spirit. We made a lot of noise and created awareness in the community of BofA’s criminal activities. One lady who saw us protesting went into BofA and closed her bank account with them!

 

On Wednesday December 11th, Rosie’s mediation was filled with delays, excuses, and frustrations again. Olu went with Rosie and the bank of course demanded more paperwork they never mentioned before, deliberately dragging the process out. The next mediation date is in March 17th.

 

Also on Wednesday December 11th was the Seattle City Housing Committee. Josh, Bryce, Sonia, Bruce and Jane all gave testimony to much cheers and applause. Other members of the public who are not in SAFE also mentioned SAFE and asked the committee why SAFE was not being invited into their private meetings to find solutions. SAFE is making waves and people know we are defending them on the front lines! The resolution passed by the Housing Committee will go for a vote at the full city council meeting on December 17th, details above.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

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