Rally in Tally planned on foreclosure crisis

A coalition of attorneys and activists is planning a rally Wednesday in Tallahassee to highlight the foreclosure crisis.

Using the image of Freedom Rides – Civil Rights-era bus trips in which riders pushed for an end to segregation in the South at bus terminals, restaurants and other public places – the group plans to board buses in West Palm Beach and Sarasota Tuesday night. The “Lawyers for Homeowners Rights” rally takes place at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Capitol.

Originally, the plan was to show opposition to a bill – backed by Florida bankers — that would allow foreclosures to take place outside of courts. The non-judicial foreclosure proposal has apparently been stopped in the House. “But it can be raised again next year,” said Thomas Ice, a West Palm Beach foreclosure defense attorney.

“We are bringing attention to the plight of the everyday homeowner about the abuses they continue to suffer at the hands of Wall Street,” said Matthew Weidner, a St. Petersburg attorney. Weidner predicts “thousands” will attend the rally, based on calls to his office and visits to his web site.

Harriet Johnson Brackey
South Florida Sun-Sentinel