Vincent Fort; former Fire and Police Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves; Charlie Flemming, President of the AFL-CIO North GA Labor Council; Milton Tambor, President of the Democratic Socialists of America, Atlanta Chapter; and Dianne Mathiowetz of the International Action Center, Atlanta--were arrested for refusing to leave the bank after Wells Fargo officials refused to meet with them.
They were trying to work out loan modifications," Tambor
"We did make progress as a result of that, no doubt about it."
"Legal aid was not getting anywhere with reasonable loan modifications until pressure was brought to bear," Tambor
had designated a single representative to handle all of the Foreclosure Coalition/Legal Aid cases.
"It's changed, having that person as a representative has made a difference."
The AFL-CIO held a community hearing on foreclosures on July 22, 2010, in Atlanta, and activists marched to a Wachovia
branch in Midtown Atlanta on 17th Street, Tambor
This time, instead of being arrested, activists met with bank representatives.
Activists were seeking a process to help all families facing foreclosures, Tambor
said, not just the 10 cases they had already identified.
"We asked for more information about how they are dealing with loan modifications and they said would provide the information," Tambor
also said, despite over a year of implementation, the federal legislation enacted to help keep people in the homes under the Obama
Administration has not been very successful, with only a small number of loans being modified through the program.