Action Alert: Call Your MA State Senator on 9/3! Defeat S1981!

On Thursday, September 3rd, 2015, the Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL) is holding a Massachusetts State Senate Call-In Day. We are asking our senators to Oppose S1981: It doesn’t clear title to foreclosed properties.

Please share this message widely, and alert your friends and networks now: Prepare to make your “Oppose S1981” Senate calls on Thursday, 9/3/15!

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

Your voice gets results! Call your state Senator, and ask them to oppose S1981: It doesn’t clear title to Foreclosed Properties!

Here’s what you do:

If you don’t know who your state senator is, go to Type in your street address. It will tell you who your elected officials are. Click on your senator’s name and you will see their phone number. Make a note of the number, and 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: It doesn’t clear title to foreclosed properties. 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;
  • And it will ruin our housing market when the media report thousands trying to sue in less than a year;

 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 that 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, at Tell her who your Senator is, and how they or their aide responded to your call.

Thank you for taking action to defeat S1981 and support S871! Together, we can preserve our right to sue in the case of illegal foreclosure and keep Massachusetts families in their homes!


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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