Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FLOC & UAW Target Chase

By Sue Davis
Published Mar 27, 2011 10:03 PM

Since the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and the United Auto Workers coalesced at the 2010 U.S. Social Forum, they’ve spearheaded a campaign against JPMorgan Chase to demand justice for North Carolina farmworkers and a national moratorium on foreclosures. On March 18 they coordinated protests at 200 Chase banks all over the U.S.

At Chase’s Park Avenue headquarters in New York City, several hundred protesters chanted, “Predatory lenders, lock up the offenders!” between talks by representatives of the UAW, the Communication Workers, Service Employees union Local 32BJ and community allies. Vanessa Fluker, a lawyer leading the fight against foreclosures in the Detroit courts, described how the banks are making huge sums by forcing people out of their homes.

A flyer announced an emergency fundraiser for Fluker, who was recently sanctioned and fined $12,200 by Judge Robert Colombo, who said the attorney’s argument for allowing her client to remain in her home in a foreclosure case was “frivolous.” Fluker is a well-known and respected advocate for homeowners and renters in their struggles against the predatory banks. She is appealing the sanctions award but needs funds for an appeal bond of approximately $18,000 in order to stay proceedings pending the appeal. Send donations to Vanessa G. Fluker, Esq., PLLC/Appeal Fund, 2920 E. Jefferson, Suite 101, Detroit, MI 48207.
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