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Leslie Parks remains in her home… and she plans to stay

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December 22, 2009
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Linden Gawboy (left) of MN Coalition for a People's Bailout with Leslie Parks
Linden Gawboy (left) of MN Coalition for a People's Bailout with Leslie Parks (Fight Back! News/Kim DeFranco)
Rallying in support of Leslie Parks
Rallying in support of Leslie Parks

Minneapolis, MN - Neighbors and supporters rallied at the home of Leslie Parks, Dec. 18, demanding an end to foreclosures and evictions. Parks has made it clear that she will not be foreclosed out of her home. This was the first public action since Dec. 8, when IndyMac/One West Bank temporarily locked Leslie out of her home.

Linden Gawboy, of the MN Coalition for a People's Bailout, spoke to the crowd about the struggle Parks has gone through, and urged support for a bill that will be introduced at the state legislature that puts a two-year moratorium on home foreclosures.

Leslie Parks is one of those at the forefront of the battle against unjust foreclosures and evictions. Ms. Parks has inspired thousands across the country with her fight to keep her home in the family.

Since mid-November, there has been a successful national call-in campaign, spearheaded by the Network to Fight for Economic Justice, to IndyMac/One West bank with callers demanding that the bank come to the table and accept a deal that Leslie Parks can afford. Around Thanksgiving, IndyMac/One West began the process of actually rescinding the foreclosure and sheriff's sale. "This amazing development was an inspiration to many," said Gawboy.

Leslie Parks' house has been a stand-out on the block for months - it is emblazoned with banners, posters and signs to inspire everyone to resist the foreclosures and evictions that are devastating our communities. At previous rallies at the Parks’ house, there have been countless honks of support from passing cars.

"Leslie Parks is fighter all the way. So many people are being jerked around by these big banks. Leslie shows that if we get out there, stand up and speak out we have a hope for change," said Deb Konechne, of the Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout.

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