Sunday, May 13, 2012

Stop the Butterfield Foreclosure!

Chase Home Finance is trying evict Stacy and Edwin Butterfield of Washburn, Wisconsin.  The Butterfield family has had to shoulder a number of medical problems, causing them to fall behind on their house payments.  But the bank is refusing to take this into account, and has instead scheduled a sheriff sale of their home for June 5. Stacy Butterfield has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  Edwin, had to stay home from work for several months due to shingles and a brain aneurysm.  They have three children, ages 1, 4 and 9 - one of whom has down syndrome. 

Despite repeated attempts to work with the bank, so far Chase has refused to do right by them. To stay in their home, they need our help! 

A group of local activists and concerned citizens have come together and formed a group called Save Our South Shore Homes.  Inspired by the Duluth/Superior based Project Save Our Homes, this group is mounting a community campaign to put the spotlight on Chase, and pressure them into canceling the sheriff sale and re-negotiating the Butterfield's mortgage.

On May 12 the group held a protest at the Ashland Band Shell, and has launched a petition drive.  You can sign the online petition at:

The group is also planning another rally on May 26 titled "Tackle Home Foreclosures!"  Participants will be wearing their favorite football jerseys, while holding signs and collecting petition signatures at the Ashland Band Shell on U.S. Hwy. 2.  Following the protest, the petitions will be mailed in to Chase.

If you'd like to help save the Butterfield's home, you can do so by forwarding the petition around to anyone and everyone who might be interested in signing it.  We're also urging folks to write letters to the editor, and to contact local elected officials to send letters of support to Chase on behalf of the Butterfield's.  The next planning meeting of Save Our South Shore Homes will be on Sunday, May 20 at 11am at CoCo's coffee house in Washburn.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

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