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Deal to save Rosemary Williams’s home falls through, the fight goes on

by staff |
August 4, 2009
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A photo of Rosemary Williams and supporters at her home.
(Fight Back! News/Staff)

Minneapolis, MN - On Friday, July 31, at about 3:00 p.m., Rosemary Williams got word that the deal with Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC) to buy her home fell through. This, after the drama of July 24, when shortly after a 24-hour eviction notice was served, she got word that GMHC was to purchase her home and arrange to lease it back to her. A week of relief and celebration and hope was capped off by Friday’s devastating news.  

A statement for the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout and the MN Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign states, “Rosemary is not giving up on trying to save her home, and the community is not giving up either. We are mobilizing community members, organizations and all those who want to fight the housing crisis to stand guard at Rosemary’s house and do whatever we can to stop the eviction.”  

At an August 3 press conference Rosemary Williams stated that she was determined to continue the fight to keep her home. Mick Kelly, of the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout said that the struggle had entered a new phase and that the time had come for the community to militantly defend Rosemary Williams’s right to remain in her own home. 

Rosemary Williams is a 55-year resident of the Central Neighborhood in south Minneapolis. She has been fighting to save her home for almost a year now. After months of non-communication from the mortgage holders, an eviction was ordered this spring. Ms. Williams, along with dozens of community supporters, tried to use the courts to stop the eviction, only to find out that pursuing ‘justice’ would cost them $49,000. Meanwhile Rosemary has also been desperately trying to get financing to save her home, a process that takes time, especially in this economic and bank climate. Through it all, Ms. Williams makes it clear that she is standing up to inspire everyone to fight against these unjust foreclosures and evictions.