Artists Stand with Families Refusing to Leave their Homes
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2012
PHILADELPHIA - The Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign and the National Coalition of Artists Against Foreclosure will be holding an emergency Press Conference on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. The Press Conference will be held at the home of Rhonda Lancaster, located at 4901 Morris Street at 11am EST and will address the specific cases of Rhonda Lancaster and Glenn Davis. Lancaster is currently facing eminent eviction due to foreclosure.
Rhonda Lancaster is a musician whose fight against foreclosure in Philadelphia has inspired a National Petition (http://www.change.org/petitions/artists-against-foreclosure) calling for a Million Artists to support a Million Families slated to lose their homes to foreclosure this year. Lancaster’s publicized battle with her lender Fannie Mae has taken a turn for the worst and she has been served with a notice from the Sheriff’s Department to vacate her home. Rhonda will speak about her decision to stay in her home and refuse to vacate while calling on other Artists like her to stay in their homes and fight.
Glenn Davis is an Artist whose Philadelphia home was recently sold in a round of Sheriff’s Sales. Davis was never notified about the sale. Glenn will be speaking about his experience fighting against foreclosure and eviction and calling for the support of Artists nationwide to shed light on the problem of Sheriff’s Sales and the foreclosure crisis affecting our communities.
Who: Cheri Honkala & members of PPEHRC, Rhonda Lancaster, Glen Davis, Artists Against Foreclosure
What: Nationwide Press Conference (live & via Skpe)
When: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 11am EST
Where: The Home of Rhonda Lancaster - 4901 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
The Press Conference will also announce the “Standing on Solid Ground” Concert to benefit Rhonda Lancaster’s fight to stay in her home featuring Breakwater, Change, The Psychadelic Pimps, Angela Despera and the Ugo Orchestra. The concert will take place on June 7, 2012 at The Adelphia Ballroom located at 1750 Clements Bridge Road in Deptford, New Jersey. The event will be hosted by 98.1 WOGL’s Bob Pantano and Joe “Too Cool” Collari and will raise awareness about the Artists Against Foreclosure Petition while raising money to help Rhonda stay in her home. Notable artists who have signed the petition include Honkala’s son, actor Mark Webber (Snow Day, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), country music singer Matraca Berg and actress Lisa Langlois (The Perfect Marriage, The “L” Word).
If you are a member of the Press who would like to request an interview with Rhonda Lancaster, Glenn Davis or Cheri Honkala on May 29, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an Artist of any kind (professional, amateur or hobby level) who would like to take part in the Press Conference May 29 in person or through Skype, please contact email@example.com.
If you are an Artist who would like to be a part of the “Standing on Solid Ground” Benefit Concert June 5, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Artists who support fighting against foreclosure (professional, amateur or hobby level musicians, actors, writers, models, photographers, painters, dancers, visual artists, etc.) should sign the Artists Against Foreclosure Petition hosted by Change.org (http://www.change.org/petitions/artists-against-foreclosure).
Please visit www.economichumanrights.org for more information.