The Foreclosure Resisters went to the Communities First Lobby Day in Albany, New York on February 5th. We advocated for $30 million in funding for organizations that help homeowners in foreclosure. Some of the offices we visited and advocated for funding were Mr. Jose Serrano, Ms. Roxanne Persaud, Ms. Zelnor Myrie and Mr. Charles Barron.
The Foreclosure Resisters went to Albany Day on May 14th with the New Yorkers for Responsible Lending to advocate to protect consumers and small businesses by banning unfair, unlawful and abusive business acts and practices and to modernize General Business Law 349. In addition, to raise the fine for each unfair, unlawful and/or abusive infraction from $50 to $2000.
The Foreclosure Resisters went to Albany Day on March 18th with the United Federation of Teachers to advocate to protect public school education, increase school aid and increase community learning community learning schools. The Foreclosure Resisters meet with the staff of many legislators including Ms. Roxanne Persaud and Mr. Charles Barron.
The Foreclosure Resisters attended the Legislative and Policy Conference in Washington D.C. on April 3rd and April 4th. This Conference was hosted by The National Action Network (NAN) and its founder Reverent Al Sharpton. The event focused on the Democratic legislative agenda for the 116th Congress, including voting rights, the criminal justice system, health care and immigration policy. Some of the speakers were Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Presidential Candidates such as Senators Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker , former Vice-President Joe Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and number of other Presidential hopefuls.
Rob Robinson from NESRI and Mrs. Julia Duranti-Martinez from the New Economy Project discussed the creation and the value of Community Land Trust to our community. Also, the benefits of a Land Trust and the downfalls of participating in Community Land Trusts. Two examples of successful Community Land Trusts are Cooper Square Community Square Land Trust in New York and the Dudley Neighbors Inc Land Trust in Boston.