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Mike hopes to see the world turned upside down through local communities banding together for social change, especially churches which have recognized the radical calling to be good news to the poor, to set free the prisoners and oppressed, and to become the social embodiment of the reign of God on earth as it is in heaven. He lives with the blessed memory of his wife, in Durham, NC, and has three adult children living in three different states. He also shares his life with the Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, the faculty and students of Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC, and the faithful fans of Duke and Baylor Basketball in his neighborhood.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Foreclosure Fraud Day of Action

I've finally finished breaking down the proposals in the "Homeowner's Bottom Line."  In the meantime, the campaign has continued to progress.

Around the country, citizens groups met with their state Attorney General during the past week to discuss the ideas in the "Homeowner's Bottom Line."  On Thursday and Friday, from Massachusetts to California, they pressed the agenda to be included in the potential settlement between the state Attorneys General, the thirteen federal agencies with a horse in the foreclosure derby, and the powerful banking interests.  In North Carolina, fourteen leaders,  representing six broad-based organizations with over 250 congregations, institutions, and community groups, met with the NC Attorney General's senior staff.  We came from Charlotte, Davidson County, Winston-Salem, Guilford County, Orange County, Durham, and Raleigh, and our constituents stretch across most of the state.  We are blacks, whites, and Latinos seeking the common good.

Attorney General Roy Cooper currently serves as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General.  In that office, he has played an important role in pressing for a fifty-state investigation into foreclosure fraud.  We were pleased to find that a new staff member who oversees the Consumer Protection Division is now devoting much of his time to this foreclosure fraud investigation.  The AG's staff were well-informed on our proposals and demonstrated a commitment to pursue an agenda very similar to ours.  Since AG Cooper was one of the instigators in bringing about this investigation, we were not surprised to find that to a great extent, our leaders and his staff were on the same page.  Good exchanges of information and assistance were followed by agreements for continued cooperation.

We have a follow-up meeting with AG Cooper himself scheduled for April.  The investigation on foreclosure fraud is apparently moving very fast, and it could be that significant announcements will appear within the next month.  When I hear reports from other states, I will post again about this Day of Action.


Anonymous said...

This is a major accomplishment. It is truly a spiritual encounter when various ethnic groups amalgamate to solve a common problem. The power of the Holy Spirit during the Day of Pentecost was shown evident when various races became one community under the love of Jesus Christ. I believe that same power is being displayed as you advocate for the beloved community and all those who are disenfranchised.
-Gordon McKinney

Michelle said...

Hello Dr. Broadway,
I just read the article and was wondering if you had the next meeting, which was schedule for April. If so, what were the new updates? Where are you in the process currently? Is a transcript from these meetings available for my reading purposes? I would like to keep up with this process. this is a great work that you are doing. It is certainly pleasing in the sight of God.

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