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SAFE Newsletter, 2012/10/18

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Upcoming Actions:

At Tuesday’s meeting SAFE members outlined a plan of action that runs through the end of this year. We are putting a special emphasis on building our base, i.e., canvassing homeowners facing foreclosure. We’re also working with a group that’ll call all the families in selected zip codes asking them if they are in foreclosure and if SAFE could be of help. Following this phone blitz, we’ll hold a mass meeting, with set direct actions arranged for the subsequent weeks.


On Tuesday night, Nov. 6, SAFE members will host an election night party at Bethany. More details to follow.


Other Upcoming Events:

4:30 – 5:30 PM, Tuesdays:   Please join us for a SAFE Banner Drop on the skybridge at the intersection of Rainier Ave. and MLK Blvd.
7:00 – 8:30 PM, Tuesdays:   Organizational Meeting at Bethany UCC.  All are welcome.
4:30 – 6:00 PM, Wednesdays: Door-to-Door Canvassing. All are welcome. No experience necessary; we’ll train you.
3:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturdays: More door-to-door canvassing.

This Past Week:

Another very hectic week focused on the construction of two 32-foot banners. (Images of these are now on our Facebook page.) On Friday, we bannered on Bellevue, I-90 overpass during the morning rush, then held a silent vigil at Northwest Trustee Services’ foreclosure auction. NTS, as you may recall, is the largest foreclosure company in the Seattle area, accounting for more Seattle foreclosures than all other companies combined.

We are in the process of collecting information about Routh Crabtree Olsen, aka, Northwest Trustee Services. If anyone has info they’d like to share with us, please let us know.  Also, if NTS is soon planning to sell your home at their Friday auction in Bellevue, please call us. We need to talk.
Also this week, we met with allied groups including Solid Ground, Homestead, and Bethany UCC, and had a discussion with Seattle City Council’s Nick Licata, who in Dec. will be conducting a study on Seattle foreclosures. One would think the Seattle City Council needs to act, not study, especially given that the Great Recession started over five years ago, but they’ve asked us what we think, and we’re telling them we need a moratorium on all evictions within Seattle and King County.
Real Change is in the process of interviewing some of our members in preparation for a story in an upcoming issue. Stay tuned.

Questions?  Comments?
You can reach us at info@SAFEinSeattle.org or 206-203-2125.  Please visit our web site:  www.SAFEinSeattle.org.

Thoughts:

“If [industrial wealth] is to serve all, and serve all equally, it cannot be the property of the few. To ask these few to have regard for the common weal, particularly when under the competitive system they are forced always to think first of themselves or perish, is to put too great a strain on human nature. With the present concentration of economic power in the hands of a small class, a condition that is likely to get worse before it gets better, the survival or development of society that could in any sense be called democratic is unthinkable.”  — George S. Counts,

“Dare The School Build a New Social Order,” 1932.

Housing is a Human Right!

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