Untangling the Mortgage Mess: Litigation, Organizing and Advocacy For Real Solutions
NFG Teleconference Series Call
Feb 23, 2012 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST
Listen to the call recording here.
We as a nation are poised to transform the system of delivering housing credit in a manner that avoids the deep inequalities and lending abuses that led to and perpetuate our current economic crisis. New developments on a near-daily basis—including the recent announcement of a controversial (read more here) joint settlement between state attorneys general and the nation’s largest servicers and the creation of a new federal unit to investigate mortgage fraud—present unprecedented opportunities but also significant challenges. The Occupy movement has elevated a public discussion about how the concentration of corporate power has thrown up barriers to full democratic participation and deepened economic inequality. And community organizers and advocates across the country are leading effective campaigns to ensure that increasing awareness about abuses within the banking industry translate into policy wins that drive a lasting and equitable recovery.
The Neighborhood Funders Group hosted a timely discussion with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whom President Obama recently appointed to serve as the co-chair of the federal investigation into mortgage abuses, and some of the nation’s leading organizers and fair lending advocates about opportunities for real relief and lasting reform—and how philanthropy can help. This webinar is organized by NFG members Anna Lefer Kuhn, Executive Director of the Arca Foundation, Jerry Maldonado, Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, and Solomon Greene, Senior Program Officer at the Open Society Foundations.
Part of the 2012 NFG Webinar (formerly Teleconference) Series.
This call is for funders only. There is no charge to participate.
Housing Alliance, "Civil
Rights Groups Find Banks Discriminate in Their
Treatment of Foreclosed Properties" (press
Consumer Law Center, "Services
Continue to Wrongfully Intitiate Foreclosures:
All Types of Loans Affected" (summary of
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, "Wall Street Wrecking Ball: What Foreclosures Are Costing Los Angeles Neighborhoods" (report)
Consumer Law Center, "Why
Responsible Mortgage Lending Is a Fair Housing
Bottom Line, "The
Win-Win Solution: How Fixing the Housing Crisis
Will Create One Million
• Anna Lefer Kuhn, Arca Foundation
• Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General
Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. Schneiderman has worked to restore the public’s faith in its public and private sector institutions by focusing on areas including public integrity, economic justice, social justice and environmental protection.
• Lisa Rice, Vice President, National Fair Housing Alliance
In her capacity as a Vice President with the National Fair Housing Alliance, Ms. Rice oversees the communications, resource development, public policy and enforcement initiatives of the agency. She is responsible for helping to achieve the organization’s goal of addressing the crisis of segregation in America and the ultimate goal of realizing a truly open society.
• Amy Schur, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
Amy Schur is the Executive Director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE). ACCE is a community organization of low income and working families with a membership base in eight counties across California. Over the past two years ACCE has been in a campaign to hold Wall Street accountable on the issues of revenue and foreclosures. With a large and growing base of at-risk homeowners, ACCE has put people in the streets to demand accountable, worked on local and state policies to reduce foreclosures, and engaged in the campaign to ensure a fair settlement between the state attorneys general and the big banks. Prior to launching this new organization, Amy had worked for ACORN for some 19 years, including running California ACORN for 10 years and serving as national Campaign Director for three years. At the end of 2007 she left ACORN and did a brief stint at SEIU, working at the national level to develop their child care center organizing project.
Plus a panel of expert respondents:
- Ilana Berger, Co-Director, the New Bottom Line
- Alys Cohen, Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Alys Cohen is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center’s Washington office, where she advocates before Congress and federal regulatory agencies on predatory lending and sustainable homeownership issues. Ms. Cohen also trains and consults with attorneys and other advocates nationwide on mortgage lending matters. She is editor of the Center’s Credit Discrimination manual, a co-author of Stop Predatory Lending, and a contributing author to Cost of Credit and Truth in Lending. Prior to joining the NCLC staff, Ms. Cohen served as an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Financial Practices, where she focused on predatory lending and discrimination matters.
- Brian Kettenring, Executive Director, Leadership Center for the Common Good and Campaign for a Fair Settlement
Brian Kettenring has been a community organizer for eighteen years. He is presently the Executive Director of the Leadership Center for the Common Good, a training and technical assistance provider for community organizations established in early 2010. Common Good, with a $3 million budget and staff of nine, is playing a critical support role to a number of movements and campaigns for social, racial, and economic justice.
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