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A Dream Foreclosed

"African American families in Chicago and nationwide have been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, particularly with mortgage lenders exploiting a long history of discrimination in lending and housing," Curtis Black writes for Newstips.

"But what happens when they challenge the banks that have evicted millions of families and destroyed their life savings and economic security?

"That's the subject of a new book, A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, which looks at the issue through the experiences of four families.

"(Essence has published an excerpt featuring the story of Chicagoan Martha Biggs, now an activist with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign.)

"Author Laura Gottesdiener will discuss the book, joined by Martha Biggs and Ebonee Stevenson of CAEC and Jim Harbin from the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, 5733 S. University, Wednesday, October 30 at 6 p.m."

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See also: Englewood Left Out Of City's Foreclosure Rehab.

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From Democracy Now! in August:

"As President Obama heads to Phoenix today to tout the 'housing recovery,' journalist Laura Gottesdiener examines the devastating legacy of the foreclosure crisis and how much of the so-called recovery is a result of large private equity firms buying up hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes.

"More than 10 million people across the country have been evicted from their homes in the last six years. Her new book, A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, focuses on four families who have pushed back against foreclosures.

"The banks exploited a larger historical trajectory of discrimination in lending and in housing that has existed since the beginning of this country.

"The banks intentionally went into communities that had been redlined, which meant that the federal housing administration had made it a policy to not lend and not to guarantee any loans in minority neighborhoods all throughout most of the 20th century that didn't supposedly end until well into the 1960s," Gottesdiener says.

"And they exploited that historical reality and pushed the worst of the worst loans in these communities that everyone knew were unpayable debts - that Wall Street knew."

Here's her interview with Amy Goodman:

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On BookTV in September (embedding disabled).

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On The Laura Flanders Show earlier this month:

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See also: LauraGottesdiener.com.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on October 30, 2013


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