To: Fannie Mae

Disabled Desert Storm veteran of Avondale Estates Georgia needs help to recieve justice

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Come stand with me. Petition Fannie Mae to do the right thing. After promising to work with me Fannie Mae had me evicted at gun point and arrested me and three supporters who were nonviolently resisting my wrongful eviction. Fannie Mae needs to return the money I paid them in good faith and drop the charges against me and my supporters!

America doesn’t need another homeless combat veteran.

Why is this important?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wFneT70a-r0
I have worked hard and tried to do the right thing my whole life. I joined the Army in 1982 just out of high school and served a year in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. After transitioning from active duty, I got a job with UPS and was proud to join Teamsters Local 728. I purchased my home in 1996 with a VA backed home loan and refinanced it in 2004.

In 2005, I started my own trucking business and then the economy crashed. I got illnesses related to my time in Desert Storm and I fell behind on my mortgage.
I’ve been trying to catch up ever since; recently, I’ve applied for the HomeSafe program here in Georgia. While my application was being processed my VA benefits kicked in, which meant I could afford to make my payments.

Sadly, as my finances were finally coming together in October 2012, Green Tree Mortgage Servicing foreclosed on my home on behalf of Fannie Mae, despite the fact that I was doing everything I could to catch up and modify my loan.

Fannie Mae auctioned off my home, knowing that HomeSafe was working with me. Now that I am receiving my service connected disability compensation I can make my monthly payments but Fannie Mae wants me out now. All they're willing to offer me is $1500 cash for keys to get out.

In looking over my assignment documents, I’ve also discovered that some of the country’s most famous robo-signers signed the mortgage assignment that was used to foreclose on me.

Fannie Mae is aggressively moving forward with an eviction and it could happen as soon anyday. As a veteran, I thought the toughest battles were behind me. I never thought I’d be struggling to keep a roof over my head. I fought for this country, so I know I have a right to fight for my home!

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UPDATE

Last week, after getting word of a planned vigil outside of Fannie Mae's Southeastern Regional Headquarters, an executive from Fannie Mae finally gave Mark a call. The deal they have offered is not something Mark is willing to accept, but for now negotiations are underway. We need to keep the pressure on Fannie Mae to let them know we won't accept them putting another veteran out on the street. We don't need anymore homeless veterans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhbbTkrxWTU&feature=relmfu

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UPDATE

On Friday, August 9, 2013, Mark was evicted at gunpoint. He didn't leave. Instead OOHA members rallied around him to secure his belongings and maintain our presence in his yard. We occupied his yard over night, expecting police to roll in at 8AM. They came at 3:30PM, and we were ready. We set up a soft blockade in front of Mark's driveway as those willing to risk arrest stood near his garage with signs or locked into a cement barrel.

All of our people were released by Sunday afternoon with no physical injuries, but some of the mental stress that comes with spending hours in jail, some without food and water.

On Monday, August 12, 2013, we staged a vigil at Mark's house to call attention to the immorality of Fannie Mae's actions in solidarity with the ongoing Moral Mondays in North Carolina. We faced a police force that threatened to arrest everyone who participated in the protest. Fannie Mae had six enforcers in Mark's lawn. Police made it clear that they were willing to go above and beyond to make sure that no kind of protest went down.

Still, the fight continues!

We are now holding weekly vigils outside the home of Fannie Mae Southern Regional VP Candy Lasher every Wednesday night at 7PM. Check out the video to see what they're like, and then come join us!

http://youtu.be/0-bRekyUICg

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UPDATE:
2/14/14
Several weeks ago Occupy Our Homes Atlanta joined me and the other three people who were arrested protecting my home from Fannie Mae, Tim Franzen, Mariam Asad, and Daniel Hanley, at our first court hearing.

We proudly pleaded not guilty to the charges of Criminal Trespass as we were not trespassing, it was my home.

We are grateful to be represented by the very competent Davis/Bozeman law firm, and we all look forward to seeing Fannie Mae in court!

Check out the excellent article written by Anna Simonton on our court case:
https://www.truth-out.org/news/item/21675-how-eviction-resisters-are-using-stand-your-ground-laws-to-challenge-fannie-mae

Please keep signing and sharing my petition, we want to break 10k!!

Avondale Estates, GA

Reasons for signing

  • Not one more!! No one should have to go thru this. I know all too well.
  • We ask these people to risk their lives for whatever the government purports to be the cause-du-jour, the least we can do is make sure they have a home, job and healthcare if/when they return. .
  • They served their country and the are owed that respect at the very least.

Updates

2014-06-16 23:02:19 -0400

10,000 signatures reached