Monthly Archives: July 2011

  • Oakland leaders once touted a municipal identification card as a solution to an array of issues faced by undocumented immigrants and others in society’s margins. The undocumented would have an identity card, transgender people would be able to prove who they are without a specified gender, and the urban poor would have a debit card.

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  • On Sunday, July 24th, 11 attorneys and 22 leaders came together to hold their 8th immigration forum in the basement of St. Jarlath Church. A total of 78 people attended and 42 received free individual consultations to answer their questions on immigration. Throughout the day, participants were also surveyed around the issue of health care. […]

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  • Since the June 2nd action at At Thy Word Ministries, the East Oakland community had a successful community-led Call-In on June 30th. 10 participants attended and were provided various services and moving testimonies from community members. The message was clear: this is an opportunity to leave your arms behind and receive support to make a positive […]

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  • If an unemployed homeowner can’t pay the mortgage, one option to avoid foreclosure is a forbearance – a temporary reprieve granted by the lender while the homeowner searches for work. But some 45 percent of the unemployed have been out of work for six months or longer and the standard forbearance doesn’t last that long, just three or four months.

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  • Help is on the way from the federal government for some homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments because of prolonged joblessness. The Obama administration on Thursday announced a beefed-up program that will allow eligible homeowners to skip part or all of their monthly payments for 12 months or more while they search for a new job. Certain homeowners have been eligible to skip payments for three or four months, far shorter than most unemployed people need to get back on their feet.

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