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* Local leftist groups cite serious safety concerns * Far-right groups expected to attend Richmond eventAnti-fascist activists will not mount a counter-protest at a gun rights rally at Virginia’s state capitol on Monday that is expected to attract thousands, including white supremacists and anti-government militia groups.Anti-fascists from Richmond and Charlottesville publicly advised supporters to avoid the rally altogether, citing serious safety concerns. Molly Conger, a journalist and activist, told the Guardian activists in Charlottesville had agreed to encourage supporters to stay away.“There is no counter-demonstration planned for the 20 January convergence of armed militias on Virginia’s capitol,” Conger wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Conditions [on] Monday will not be safe. This is not an outcome we can affect.”Anti-fascist groups cited several reasons for their decision, including serious threats of violence, their own opposition to some gun control measures proposed by the Virginia government and concern for ordinary gun owners planning to attend the rally.A number of arrests have highlighted the risk of white supremacist violence at the event. Among those arrested are alleged members of a neo-Nazi group, including men who reportedly discussed opening fire at the Richmond rally, and men who were charged with plotting to murder an antifascist couple in Georgia.As white supremacists, militia groups and conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones announced plans to attend, the event has drawn comparisons to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, which produced extensive violence and the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer.Some local activists who monitor the far right, however, said there were clear differences this time.“The Charlottesville event was, from the beginning, an event by neo-Nazis and for neo-Nazis,” a Twitter account run anonymously by a longtime Richmond anti-fascist activist said on Saturday.“There were no other players. Everyone going into that event knew exactly who would be participating and there wasn’t the risk of 5,000 unknowing subjects caught in the middle.”In contrast, Monday is Lobby Day, an annual event organized by a gun rights group, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, that attracts a range of local residents.“I expect a lot of the participants to be older, working class Virginians that are not far-right and do not fit into the category of any hate group,” the anonymous anti-fascist activist who runs the Richmond Twitter account told the Guardian. “Part of the concern is their safety.”The activist said many locals showing up to the rally will likely have had no experience with volatile protest environments.As conspiracy theories about what “antifa” activists might do at Lobby Day continue to circulate on the right, one Richmond-based anti-fascist group has publicly pushed back against such rumors.“Hey! Antifascists are NOT bussing [people] in,” Antifa Seven Hills wrote on Twitter. “In fact we are encouraging folks to stay away from the capitol and downtown [Richmond] because of far-right escalations like this.”In a direct message, the group told the Guardian: “We are against the [gun control] legislation and the racists attempting to take advantage of this typically calm and multi-issue lobby day.”Skepticism about government gun control is a point of agreement between rightwing activists and some US leftists, who argue that marginalized Americans should have the right to defend themselves with firearms.Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, said last week his supporters had been told antifa “is actually on our side of the fence, because they don’t like these gun laws either”.“If they show, it’s not going to be to protest us,” Van Cleave told the Guardian on Wednesday.
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Know the 8 Foreclosure Relief
1.Forbearance– an agreement with the lender that temporarily allows the
homeowner to pay less than the full amount of their mortgage payment, or
perhaps even nothing at all, during the “forbearance period”. Lenders might
consider forbearance when you can prove to them that funds from a bonus, tax
refund, or other source will bring the homeowner’s mortgage payments current at
a specific date in the future.
2.Reinstatement- occurs when the homeowner pays the lender the total
amount they are behind in a lump sum, by the specific time in the future. A
reinstatement is often combined with forbearance.
3.Repayment plan– is an agreement with the lender that gives the homeowner
a fixed amount of time to repay the amount they are behind. They do this by
combining the homeowner’s delinquent portion along with their regular monthly
payment. At the end of the repayment period, the homeowner has paid back the
delinquent mortgage and is now current.
4.Loan modification– is a written agreement between the lender and the
homeowner that permanently changes one or more of the original terms of the
note. This makes the payments more affordable.
Common loan modifications include: ·Adding missed payments on top of the
existing loan balance. Turning an adjustable- rate mortgage into a fixed mortgage ·Extending the number of years the
homeowner has to repay the loan.
5.Refinance – Refinancing requires income, credit, and equity to support
a new mortgage or deed of trust. If your current income cannot pay your present
mortgage, it may be difficult to convince another lender to offer you a loan
with a reasonable interest rate. Based upon the more stringent standards of
qualifying criteria for loan applications, refinancing in today’s market is
becoming less and less of a viable option.
6.Short – Refinance– This is the latest trend for lenders in working with
delinquent borrowers to avoid foreclosure. The lender agrees to refinance the
home with a reduction in the principal balance. Sometimes the lender will also
reduce the interest rate as well on the new loan. The borrower needs to provide
proof of a “hardship” and fully document the ability to pay the new mortgage.
7.Bankruptcy– A bankruptcy may allow the homeowner to discharge some
debt and reorganize others to keep the property, however, if homeowners do not
or cannot make the house payment after the bankruptcy, the home is foreclosed
on anyway. It is not recommended for real estate agents to list the property
and try to negotiate a short sale while the homeowner is going through this
process. Homeowners need to seek legal counsel if they want to pursue this
8.Short Sale– If the sale proceeds are less than the total amount owed
the lender, the lender(s) may agree to short payoff or “short sale” and write
off the portion of homeowner’s mortgage that exceeds the net proceeds from the sale