Jocelyn’s House Saved From Mortgage Auction

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Now she has the time to Grieve for her Son, Killed in Iraq only a short time ago, Her Reality!!

I was just sent the following:

Friday was an historic day. At 11am, Jocelyne Voltaire was scheduled to lose her home in Queens Village, the home she had lived in for the past 20 years, the home where she raised her four children. Unable to keep up her skyrocketing mortgage payments, Jocelyne watched in horror as her home was put on the auction block. This amazing video clip by American News Project brought Jocelyn’s plight to our attention.

At 9:05 am EST, we sent out an urgent call to our CODEPINK list. Our jaws dropped when we saw the response. Donations of $5, $25, $500, even $1,000! Within an hour, we had raised over $10,000. And the money kept pouring in, along with beautiful messages of support.

Jocelyne was moved to tears. And the mortgage bankers, with our immediate promise of $15,000 at 11am, were “moved” to stop the auction.

We did it!!! While our government has taken billions of our tax dollars to bail out the wealthy, we came together to bail out a desperate mother. Thanks to you, in one day we raised over $30,000 from 650 donors and showered Jocelyne with love and compassion. We modeled exactly what we want our government to do-bail out families facing personal disaster, not financiers.

Jocelyne still faces enormous hurdles, both financial and emotional. She has to pull herself out of a deep depression from the loss of her eldest son, a Marine who had served in the Gulf. She has to recover her health so she can start working again. She has to fix up her home so she can get renters to augment her income. And she still has to renegotiate her loan and make monthly mortgage payments.

But thanks to you, Jocelyne now has another chance. We found a wonderful pro-bono lawyer to help her battle the predatory lenders and restructure her loan. And after wiring the mortgage company $15,000, we will use the funds that keep coming in to help Jocelyne make her monthly payments and get back on her feet.

As we write, Jocelyne is feeling exhausted but renewed. She is ready to unpack the boxes she has been living out of for the past year. She now feels surrounded by people who want to lift her up, not toss her out. And she wants to use her experience to help others. At the press conference we held at the courthouse steps, surrounded by dozens of cameras, Jocelyne said: “To all of you facing similar disasters, don’t be silent, don’t be ashamed. Step forward and call out for help. That’s what I did, and a miracle happened. These angels came to help me. We all have to pull together and help each other.”

You are those angels and we at CODEPINK are in awe of you-your generosity, your compassion, your willingness to stand up for Main Street Americans. Now let’s pull together in the coming months, as Jocelyne asked us to do, and move our government to do the same-bail out Main Street, not Wall Street.

Thanks for making miracles happen. Here’s to Jocelyne, to you and to solidarity.

Dana, Deidra, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jean, Jodie, Liz, Lori, Medea, Nancy, and Rae

I had just woken from a nap, and was just going to post sommething, after doing abit of searching, about this. But I’ll use the E announcement and see what else I can find.

This is the Video about what was happening:

Foreclosed Home Front: One Mother’s Struggle

I had it in another post I’ve been trying to get up at my site, but the code change that the American News Project gives you to stop the video’s from automatically starting doesn’t work, so waiting to hear from them.

But I also had this in that post:

How Wall Street’s Scam Artists……

The subject title is the first part of an Alternet post that finishes with Turned Home Mortgages Into Economic WMDs which is but a part of what brought about not only the collapsing economy here but in the money markets around the world, and in peoples lives.

The titans of high finance are trying desperately to shift blame for the crisis onto others, but this dead cat lies squarely on their doorstep.

And as we know more is coming out but still leaving most in a fog of what’s coming, even the so called experts, most who put us here.

McClatchy and  the American News Projecthave a series of video reports called Fallout on Main Street:

You can visit the McClatchy link to view a number of the Video reports.

And tonight, 10-18-08, as well as tomorrow, CNN introduces us to some of those who are plying the money game of the new capitalism that was created, top down, trickle down economy, on Wall Street.

CNN SIU: Fall of the Fat Cats

As the market tanked, the champagne flowed. CNN takes you inside the lives of Wall Street’s rich and shameless. Watch an all new CNN SIU, Sat & Sun, 8 p.m. ET.

From the few cuts I’ve seen on this it looks to be interesting and rage invoking, lets hope those reporting aren’t also caught up in the glitter of the false reality and give the straight facts about these folks, most knowing what they were doing but not caring as long as they came out with great wealth and lifestyles, burning that wealth, which when burnt doesn’t trickle down, it just disappears.

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    • RiaD on October 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    thank you jimstaro!!

    ♥~

    • Temmoku on October 18, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    our society….Beautiful story…thanks for the tears…they were welcome tears!

  1. …I’m a proud member of CodePink Women for Peace.

    Thanks Jim. It’s nice to not be the only one here tooting their horn. It’s even nicer not to have to put up with the ignorance and cointelpro-like hostility I had to deal with elsewhere for doing so.

  2. I’m so glad she won’t lose her home.  She’s already lost far too much.  Bless all those who helped her.

  3. I had just read and reviewed the same CodePink e-mail and had watched the video at about the same time you posted this.  

    Jocelyn Voltaire’s story could not be more heart-wrenching! My tears were uncontrolable!  Multiply her plight by so many Americans — it simply breaks your heart!  

    But, I realize now all too fully that the American people, the WE, have never counted one iota in now these near eight years.  WE were never a consideration in any respect, yes, we were only insofar as our monies could be usurped by a government that had absolutely no concern for the people, the country, the infrastructure — NOTHING — it was and is a government by the government, for the government and of the government.  WE, the people, were simply a “median” of their goals via OUR monies!

  4. to bail out the fat cats at all when they leave it to us to help each other out.  Man oh man, they have us over the barrel now.  Our representative government, indeed.

    The strengthening of the community spirit is the gold in this.  Thanks to the internet, “the community” is large enough to handle some of the horrible consequences of this economic meltdown.  What an age, and it could mean so much if we just learn from our mistakes and commit to the reasonable development of a better economic philosophy.  

    Adam Smith was kind of stuck in his times, as are we all.  

  5. Apologies for the quality, it is what it is…

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