Action Alert: Senate Call-In Day Tomorrow, Sept. 16th!

TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 16th: please call the Massachusetts Senate to “Stop S1981!”

The Senate is listening to us. We are told that only pressure from constituents will move Senators now.

Senate Bill 1981 – It takes away your constitutional right to protect your home AND doesn’t clear title to foreclosed homes. It will essentially give years of illegalities a free pass, and codify the discrimination that makes Massachusetts THE STATE WITH THE BIGGEST DIVIDE BETWEEN WHITE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR HOMEOWNERSHIP!

Please share this notice with your networks and friends now: Make “Oppose S1981” Senate calls on TOMORROW the 16th!

The Call-In instructions and script are below. You can also download a background Fact Sheet on S1981 ( PDF ) and a Fact Sheet on S871 ( PDF ), the Foreclosure Review Court bill that will actually clear title to foreclosed homes.

MAAPL September 16th Call-In Day

Your voice gets results! Call your state Senator. Ask them to oppose S1981: It takes away the rights of 68,000 to sue to get their home back!

Here’s what you do:

If you don’t know who your state senator is, go to www.WhereDoIVoteMA.com. Type in your address. It will tell you whom your elected officials are. Click on your senator’s name and you will see their phone number. Make a note of it, then make your call!

What do I say on the phone?

“Hello, my name is                     . I live in name of your town. I’m calling to ask you to oppose S1981: Accept ALL MAAPL amendments. And vote for a Foreclosure Review Court instead! My family, friends and neighbors need the right to sue for our illegally foreclosed homes in court.

Instead, S1981:

  • Steals our Constitutional right to protect our property in court from illegal bank practices;
  • Refuses to notify people that their 20 year window to sue is slammed down to 1 year;
  • Will codify illegal foreclosures and worsen the divide between white homeowners and people of color–already the worst in the US AND in violation of the 14th amendment.

68,000 Massachusetts residents were illegally foreclosed: Only a court can sort out this mess!

Please vote against S1981, and put S871 in its place. That bill creates a special Foreclosure Review Court. This court will clear title and do it fairly.

As my Senator, will you do that?

Thank you.”

When you have finished the call, please e-mail Grace Ross, MAAPL coordinator. Tell her who your Senator is and what they or their aide answered: maaplinfo@yahoo.com

Thank you for taking action and making your call! Together we can turn the tide and defeat S1981!

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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