Northside Foreclosure Crisis

March 30th, 2009

Geoff Smith, Vice President of the Woodstock Institute and Attorney Dan Lindsey of the Legal Assistance Foundation.

WNUA Broadcast Date March 22, 2009.
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For those who live on the northside of Chicago – and even out in the suburbs – the housing crisis was something we only read about.  It was only affecting our south and west side neighbors.But as the recession worsens, and job-losses spread into every sector of the economy, northside communities are now seeing their homes foreclosed as well.  Middle-lass neighborhoods like Rodgers Park, Lincoln Square – even Lakeview – have seen sharp increases in forclosures since 2006.So what exactly does this mean?  Is this a sign that the recession is finally ‘bottoming out’ like experts said it would?  Or is it a sign that our economy is getting worse – if that’s possible?  And what are the new challenges organizations face as they shift gears and help a new group citizens?

The Future of Labor Organizing

January 27th, 2009

Republic Windows and Doors Labor organizers

Recorded January 13th, 2009. WNUA Broadcast Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009 
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The December 2008  Republic Windows and Doors sit-in was a major victory for labor organizers, local union members and their families.When the factory abruptly closed its doors, some 200 workers were left with unpaid vacation time and no severance package. Workers staged a six-day sit-in that not only garnered local media attention — even that of president-elect Barack Obama at the time — but also captivated labor activists across the country who’d not seen a factory sit-in successfully employed for years! Read the rest of this entry »

Credit Crunch

October 2nd, 2007

Recorded August 23rd, 2007
WNUA Broadcast date: Sunday, August 26th, 2007
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The recent credit crunch affects more than just stock market traders and borrowers applying for a loan. It impacts renters, home-owners selling their houses, students paying off college loans, consumers trying to keep up with credit card bills, and even seniors in nursing homes.What began as a problem for high-risk borrowers in working class neighborhoods, today’s credit crunch causes those with good credit to feel the financial strain as well. Spiking interest rates prevent many from getting mortgages on their homes and some unable to climb out of debt.But in a supposedly stable and strong American economy, how did the credit crunch happen? Is this another sign of our global economy? Can borrowers caught in the pinch avoid bankruptcy? And how do those in need of a loan protect themselves?In this “City Voices,” we learn more about the credit crunch and tips on how to avoid financial ruin from Tom Feltner of the Woodstock Institute, Mary Donahue a Housing Counselor from the North Side Community Federal Credit Union and Al Hofeld, a consumer-rights attorney and chair of the South Side Credit Union.

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