August 31st: Foreclosure Meeting (Olympia)

The Industrial Workers of the World in Olympia and Common Action have
agreed to set up a discussion open to any and all interested in
mounting some form of foreclosure resistance, or at least assistance
to those most affected by the crisis locally. This will be an open
meeting and an open discussion.

When: Monday, August 31st, 7:00pm
Where: Mixx 96 Radio Station, 119 NE Washington St. (Olympia)

As unemployment rates rise in this country, the foreclosure crisis
becomes deeper and more widespread. As more and more people become
unemployed, more people face a possible foreclosure on their homes.
Subprime mortgages were one of the first major causes of the
foreclosure crisis (and continue to be), but unemployment is pushing
more people to the edge of any sense of security. Jobs are being lost.
Homes are being lost. There is no end in sight.

But whenever there is crisis, there is fertile ground for resistance,
for people to take control of their lives and fight for what they want
and what they need – in the case of the foreclosure crisis, a place to
call home. People in Olympia and surrounding communities have also
been affected by the foreclosure crisis but there have not been any
serious attempts to fight back.

Recently, a worker at a lumber mill in Shelton was discussing the fact
that six of his neighbors had their homes snatched away from them by
the jaws of foreclosure. He was then told of the “penny auctions” in
the 1930s that forced dozens of states to place a moratorium on
foreclosures because of a mass movement rooted in direct action, self
organization and defense tipped the situation to favor those who lost
their homes or farms. His reply to this historical insight was: “We
need that here!”

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