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What Would MLK Be Marching for Today?

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

King began his activism as a crusader against racial segregation, but he soon recognized that his battle was part of a much broader fight for a more humane society.

Watt Now? (Or, Can Mel Watt Fix the Housing Crisis?)

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

News coverage of the Senate's confirmation of Congressman Mel Watt on Tuesday to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) was all about politics, not the housing or banking issues he now has to address.

Make Wall Street Pay, Restore Our Communities

Deborah Castillo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Deborah Castillo

Some in the media are crying out as if the big bankers were being persecuted within an inch of their lives. As much as they complain, not a single banker has gone to jail as a result of the mortgage debacle. But I did.

Richmond, California Defies Wall Street to Help Homeowners

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business
Peter Dreier

About 300 residents packed the six hour long meeting -- held at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium instead of the City Council chambers -- to discuss the city's plan to help families whose home values have plummeted through no fault of their own.

Sherry Hernandez: Stuck in the Revolving Door

Joel Sucher | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Joel Sucher

Sherry's story follows an all too familiar trajectory and one that any homeowner who's had the misfortune of dealing with nobody's-favorite-mortgage-company, Countrywide Financial, can relate to.

Wall Street Lobbyists Nervous As Cities Use Eminent Domain to Protect Homeowners

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now the same Wall Street players who crashed the economy in the first place are trying to stop local governments from solving the problem.

To Rescue Local Economies, Cities Seize Underwater Mortgages Through Eminent Domain

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In almost every part of the country, entire neighborhoods -- and in some cases, whole cities -- are underwater. They are not victims of natural disasters like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. They are drowning in debt, victims of Wall Street's reckless and predatory lending practices.

Inspiring Each Other Forward

Mike Lux | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Yesterday, homeowners who have been royally screwed over by big Wall Street banks risked not only arrest but worse in demonstrations at the Department of Justice demanding that they start prosecuting bankers rather than the people ripped off by them.

For Earl Favre, Hurricane Katrina Was Bad, But Freddie Mac May Be Worse

Home Defenders League | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
Home Defenders League

For the next several weeks, HuffPost will be cross-posting "Foreclosure Horror Stories" from the Home Defenders League's "100 Stories Of What Wall Str...

'I Cannot Afford The Inflated Mortgage I've Been Forced Into'

Home Defenders League | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Home Defenders League

For the next several weeks, HuffPost will be cross-posting "Foreclosure Horror Stories" from the Home Defenders League's "100 Stories Of What Wall Str...

'If I Did That To Anyone Else, I'd Be In Jail'

Home Defenders League | Posted 02.22.2013 | Business
Home Defenders League

For the next several weeks, HuffPost will be cross-posting "Foreclosure Horror Stories" from the Home Defenders League's "100 Stories Of What Wall Str...

This Is What Happens When You Get An Eviction Letter And A Cancer Diagnosis

Home Defenders League | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Home Defenders League

For the next several weeks, HuffPost will be cross-posting "Foreclosure Horror Stories" from the Home Defenders League's "100 Stories Of What Wall Str...

Putting Names And Faces To The 1 Percent: Wells Fargo's Tim Sloan

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan makes $8 million a year and lives in a $5 million house in San Marino, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb. His bank is trying to e...

How to Fight Wall Street -- and Transform a Nation

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Many Americans re-adopted a mythology about wealth that had been discredited and abandoned by most of the world in the 20th century. We need to transform ourselves, remove the blinders, and see things as they really are.

40 Million Strong: Underwater Homeowners Can Fight and Win ... If They Get Organized

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The number of people living in underwater homes is larger than the number of people living in twenty-two states and the District of Columbia. Underwater homeowners could become an enormous political force.

How to Lose Your Home: Curing My Perception Deficiency

Alex Brant-Zawadzki | Posted 10.19.2011 | San Francisco
Alex Brant-Zawadzki

On Tuesday I got a phone call from my buddy Guillermo. "Hey man," he said, "You should come down to the Attorney General's office this afternoon. Some...