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Minnesota: Rosemary Williams eviction trial delayed

By staff

Minneapolis, MN – In a packed Hennepin County Court room, May 26, District Judge Lloyd Zimmerman decided to delay the foreclosure-related eviction trial of Rosemary Williams until June 22. A hearing on the legal issues to be considered at the trial is scheduled for June 16.

Rosemary Williams, a long-time resident of the Minneapolis Central neighborhood, has won wide community support in her struggle to prevent her mortgage company from evicting her.

Ms. Williams is contesting the foreclosure and eviction on several grounds. Hundreds of neighbors, friends and community members have signed legal requests to intervene in her case. Her supporters argue that her eviction, which will lead to another vacant home, would create a public nuisance for the entire neighborhood.

Stef Yorek, of the MN Coalition for a People's Bailout, said, “Low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of people of color have been the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. Foreclosures and evictions destabilize communities, we need to keep people in their homes, not create more empty houses and more homelessness.”

Cheri Honkala, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign said, “We are urging people to come to court on June 16 and June 22 to show solidarity with Rosemary Williams and her fight against foreclosure and eviction.”

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