We at the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition are deeply sorry to share that Martin Wirth, so long active working to end fraudulent foreclosures and evictions, is reported to have died in an incident with authorities this morning in Bailey, Colorado. Our condolences go out to the families of Mr. Wirth and Officers Carrigan, Martin & Hancock. We hope that a thorough independent investigation of the events resulting in these unnecessary and tragic deaths will be conducted in a timely, professional manner.
Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition (CFRC) has not actively met as a group in over six months due to restrictions on the time of activists involved. The events in Bailey today were in no way involved with our group, nor the efforts our group made on Martin’s behalf in July of 2014.
Martin took extraordinary efforts in the past several years to shed light on and bring an end to the mass of unjust foreclosures that have ruined the lives of so many. He worked on actions to help others stay in their homes, filed federal and state lawsuits, and even ran for Colorado State Senate, earning 25% of his districts votes all in an effort to expose the prevalence of unjust and fraudulent foreclosures.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation stated that Martin had turned and reentered his home, and after officers quickly followed him in the shootings took place. Although it is not clear what exactly took place inside the home, a friend of Martin’s who had spoken with him recently, has stated that knowing authorities would be serving an eviction notice soon, he intended to go back into the house to avoid any confrontation as the officers posted the notice on his door.
The Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition is steadfastly committed to nonviolent protest of injustice. We hope that the final moments of Martin’s life do not overshadow the great efforts he made throughout the years to help others unable to defend themselves against injustices.
Our Heartfelt sympathies go out to all impacted by these tragic events.
Date: May 9, 2014
Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition Addresses Passage of Legislation To Protect Homeowners
Darren O’Connor, an activist and organizer with the Colorado Foreclosure Resistance Coalition was invited to and attended the bill signing ceremony for House Bill 14-1295 today with the bill sponsors, legislative leaders, and the Governor. The bill sets out guidelines in the foreclosure process to require the foreclosing party provide a homeowner with a single point of contact, and attempts to prohibit dual tracking.
e were at Representative Angela Williams' legislative wrap up Town Hall, on Wednesday, May 15th to ask why she failed to protect her citizens by when she led the killing of HB13-1249, The Colorado Mortgage Accountability and Housing Stabilization Act, in her committee. Watch this video to understand the depth of need for this protection for her constituents in District 7
Representative Angela Williams from
House District 7 recently took CFRC
member Darren O'Connor to court
Magistrate Catherine Cary ruled
that Mr. O'Connor was exercising
his right to political speech and
upheld the 1st Amendment. She
shared that Williams'own witness
referred to O'Connor as a
gentleman. You can read the
entirety of the
"So I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don't you leave."
From 2009 speech on US house floor.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who represents Northern Ohio's Ninth Congressional District, is currently serving her fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the senior-most woman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
HELP PENELOPE FIND HER TITLE AND DEED! DEMAND THAT CONTROL OF HER PROPERTY BE RETURNED TO HER./start2.occupyourhomes.org/petitions/help-penelope-find-her-title-and-deed-demand-that-control-of-her-property-be-returned-to-her-1/manage
CFRC and Occupy Denver Prevent the First Attempt to Wrongfully Evict Idaho Springs Resident.
The Colorado Foreclosure
Coalition and Occupy Denver
delayed the eviction of Sahara Donahue in Idaho Springs from her home of 24 years. When the Realtor arrived to her house on Wednesday October 24, 2012, a houseful of occupiers stated that they were not going to leave the house. The Realtor left stating he would return October 30th with the Sheriff. The delay in the eviction allowed time for some prized memories be safely removed from the house.