MAAPL Marches on January 21st

Anti-foreclosure Activists! WE ARE MARCHING! We are marching for women’s wealth and for a reversal of the largest economic injustice of our lives, and a sexist one at that. 

We at MAAPL join millions across the U.S. to march against a government rooted in sexism THIS SATURDAY 1/21/17 (see meet-up info below).

Our Constitution guarantees everyone a right to property and the protection of it, including women!

Please join us at the Boston Women’s March for America on Saturday, January 21st. We will be meeting up on Boston Common,* and we need your presence. We won’t have a banner, but we have lots of colorful signs and we need women to carry them and bring home the illegalities of what has happened.

We always have to remind folks that whenever any subsection of our population can have their rights discriminatorially violated, that is always a test by the folks who are doing the violating to see if they can expand the violation to everybody. So long as any of us are treated as second class citizens, everybody is eligible to have their lives destroyed.

As MLK said: a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
AND when they have struck the women, they have struck a rock!

The subprime mortgages and their resulting foreclosures were an overall attack on the wealth of women and our attempts to finally establish ourselves as head of households with the right to own a home. The industry has made it clear that women are still not supposed to have a constitutional right to property equivalent to everyone else, and we need to make it clear that is not acceptable. Folks like Trump’s appointees from the financial industry, including the CEO of the failed Indy Mac, are not going to get a walk from women for what they have done.

Almost every illegally foreclosed woman head of household whose mortgage I have been able to review includes the words “a single woman”—the gender of the borrower is supposed to be illegal to bring under consideration, without the efforts of a civil rights movement.

The banking industry is not required to specifically track gender discrimination in lending in their statistics, as they are required to track discrimination based on race. But we know that there has been massive discrimination, and we know that women heads of household were illegally targeted for subprime mortgages. Women traditionally have much better credit ratings than men, and yet statistically they held way more of the subprime mortgages.

We need your presence, we must get this story out! Please march with us in Boston tomorrow!

 *We will meet at 11am just inside the gate onto the Boston Common by the crosswalk that crosses Charles St. from the Public Gardens. Just inside there is the cement structure above the Public Garage, we will be on the State House end of that structure. Also, you can text Grace Ross at 617-291-5591. She plans to be there well before 11am.

Adelante! Onward!

About MAAPL

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL) is a coalition of over 60 housing counseling agencies, legal services groups, social service agencies, and community-based social action groups that have joined together to address the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.

MAAPL collects and distributes timely information on the foreclosure crisis and its effects to the public and to its member groups, drafts and supports legislation that provides important protections to homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure and eviction, documents the impact of the foreclosure crisis on local communities, networks with related organizations throughout the Commonwealth, and provides tools and information to help people navigate the legal system and advocate on their own behalf more effectively when challenging a foreclosure or eviction in court

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