Occupy Bernal Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Contact: Occupy Bernal, Julien Ball, 415-483-9138, firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupy the Auctions to Save the Home of Washington and Maria Davila
Stop Wells Fargo From Selling Our Neighbors’ Home
What: Save the Home of Washington and Maria Davila
When: Friday, May 4, 1:45 pm
Where: City Hall sidewalk, rear side (400 Van Ness Ave.)
Occupy Bernal and supporters will protest today the foreclosure auction to stop the eviction of our neighbors Washington and Maria Davila. We will also leaflet potential home buyers, calling on them not to buy the Davila’s home.
Washington and Maria Davila have been living in a house they have been renting in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood for the past seven years. Because their Las Vegas landlord Felisa Yambao — who is suffering from cancer — is in foreclosure, Wells Fargo is planning to sell their house at auction today. A new owner-occupant of the house could evict the Davilas and the Davilas would like to continue renting from Ms. Yambao.
Last January 20, Wells Fargo canceled an auction date after Occupy Bernal planned a protest. But the bank hasn’t learned its lesson.
Wells Fargo plans to auction Ms. Yambao and the Davilas’ home on May 4 despite:
- San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote for a moratorium on foreclosures until the state legislature passes a Homeowner Bill of Rights
- The Mayor’s request for a “pause” until the state legislature passes a Homeowner Bill of Rights
- California State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ request for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosure activity
- The report from San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting that shows that 84% of a sample of San Francisco foreclosures contain at least one legal violation
To sign up for the Occupy Bernal press list and/or obtain photos and video of the actions, see http://www.occupybernal.org/press.
Organizations and Campaigns:
Occupy Bernal is a neighborhood-based Occupy currently focusing on preventing the banks from throwing our neighbors out of their homes. Web: http://www.occupybernal.org
Occupy the Auctions/Evictions is a campaign to halt for-profit and predatory evictions, foreclosures, and foreclosure auctions in San Francisco and beyond. Web: http://www.occupytheauctions.org and http://www.occupyevictions.org