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Published: February 27, 2013 PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
Workers’ rights advocates are planning to show up where lawmakers eat today, or at least where many of them get their coffee, to rally support for an earned sick time bill.
The Dunkin’ Donuts across Beacon Street from the Statehouse will be the site of a protest for activists who are hoping to require businesses to grant sick time to workers. According to organizers, operating as The Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition, Sen. Dan Wolf and Rep. Kay Khan have filed legislation that would ensure sick leave for Bay State workers.Read More
QUINCY —Visitors to Quincy District Court were greeted by a sidewalk message Thursday morning – a large-lettered banner that read “Eviction Free Zone.” A dozen South Shore residents gathered with the banner to protest 11 eviction cases scheduled to be heard Thursday in the court. The event was organized by the new local group SSAFE, South Shore Against Foreclosures and Evictions.Read More
City Life/Vida Urbana, joined Chelsea Collaborative, Occupy Boston and Occupy Wall Street, and Mass Uniting for a march on Fannie Mae and Bank of America to demand principal reduction for underwater mortgages. Protestors dressed up as sea monsters and other creatures, carried fish, and wore snorkels as part of the underwater theme.
25% of mortgages nationally are underwater. This means that the amount owed on the mortgage exceeds the value of the house. In this situation a homeowner can make years of payments without ever owning anything.
Wall Street Banks profited off of (and promoted) a housing bubble that left millions with underwater loans, then received trillions in taxpayer bailouts. Still they want to keep homeowners on the hook for wildly inflated prices and evict families who can actually afford their homes at real value.
We can’t get out of the mortgage crisis (or the economic crisis) without principal reduction to solve the problem of underwater mortgages.