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Detroit family resists home repossession attempts

Issue No. 2126

Demonstrators blocked the doorstep to stop the eviction of 72 year old Rubie Curl-Pinkins, a disabled woman who has lived in her Detroit home for 45 years.

Bank of America, her bank, attempted to repossess her home after she fell behind on mortgage payments.

Rubie had originally paid off the first loan on her home, but was forced to take out a subprime mortgage to pay for medical costs. She defaulted after rates hit 10 percent.

Detroit was once an important US industrial centre. But today it has one of the highest repossession rates in the country. The city has been decimated by factory closures and job cuts.

Family, friends and local activists launched a campaign to stop Rubie’s eviction. After several confrontations, the bank reversed its repossession order.

This small victory shows what is possible if people launch campaigns to stop banks from repossessing homes.

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Tue 4 Nov 2008, 18:30 GMT
Issue No. 2126
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