Early Thursday morning, a group of two dozen protesters met on the Edward Brooke courthouse in downtown Boston to protest the eviction of the Suero family, an immigrant Dominican family living in Dorchester who are fighting government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac over Freddie Mac’s attempt to evict the Sueros from their home.
Ramon Suero spoke at the event, describing how Freddie Mac refused to offer a home loan modification after his family fell on hard times, and even denied several attempts to purchase the condo outright.
The event, held shortly before Mr. Suero’s foreclosure hearing, was organized by City Life/Vida Urbana (CL/VU), a grassroots housing rights organization, and UNITE HERE Local 26, Boston’s hospitality workers union. Maria Christina Blanco, an organizer with CL/VU, gave a speech shortly before the court proceedings began, saying that “thousands of families in Massachusetts are trying to stay in their homes, and Freddie Mac won’t let them.”
“People go to housing court and they feel alone, they feel defenseless,” Blanco said. “We’re gonna flip the script in that courtroom.”
(Photos: Dan Schneider)