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RURAL OREGONIANS “FORECLOSE” ON CONGRESSMAN WALDEN

BEND, OR: On Saturday, May 7th rural Oregonians from across the state, led by the Rural Organizing Project (ROP), will serve Congressman Greg Walden a "Notice of Foreclosure" at his office in Bend.

Central Point resident Nancie Koerber said, "I lost my small business and my house is in foreclosure. My neighbors are struggling, yet Congressman Walden prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthy over economic security for small towns. When I tried to meet with him about the foreclosure crisis his office said it wasn't a problem in his district."

RURAL OREGONIANS "FORECLOSE" ON CONGRESSMAN WALDEN
Saturday, May 7th, 1pm * NW Wall St & NW Louisiana Ave Bend, OR
"a hazard to this community"
Walden’s failure to execute his duty
Walden’s failure to execute his duty
- - - "FORECLOSURE" ON REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS GREG WALDEN - - -

Congressman Walden was the only Oregon Representative to vote in favor of the "Ryan" Budget - allocating over $700 billion for the military this year and billions in cuts to communities. Rural constituents will converge on Walden's office to let him know that their communities cannot afford such misguided priorities. Constituents demand that Walden instead hold accountable those responsible for the economic crisis, promote real security by funding energy conservation and functional safety net programs, and stop cuts that ravage rural communities.

"Homeowners are told if we don't keep our end of the bargain, we'll face foreclosure," said ROP executive director, Cara Shufelt. "Congressman Walden isn't meeting the needs of Oregonians, so we're putting him on notice - his office is about to face foreclosure."

Central Point resident Nancie Koerber said, "I lost my small business and my house is in foreclosure. My neighbors are struggling, yet Congressman Walden prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthy over economic security for small towns. When I tried to meet with him about the foreclosure crisis his office said it wasn't a problem in his district."

Deschutes County, in Walden's district, saw over 3700 foreclosures in 2010 alone. Unemployment stands at 14.7%. An average of 2.5 Deschutes County residents are put through costly deportation processes each week. Residents say Walden is out of touch and is doing little to address the needs of community members.

The rally also joins a nationwide fast to highlight the consequences of budget cuts. Kathy Paterno from Powell Butte said, "I consider our nation's 'budgetary crisis' to be a moral issue. It isn't about money. It's about values. What and who do we value as a nation? It's time to cut military spending, eliminate tax cuts and loopholes for the wealthy, and support those in real need. I plan to spend a day experiencing what many in our very supposedly wealthy country experience on a regular basis - a hungry belly."

Rural Organizing Project (ROP) works for social justice and advances democracy in rural Oregon since 1992. A grassroots organization with members in every county across the state, ROP leaders see the costly toll budget cuts take. "Congress is trying to balance the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class," says Shufelt. "We cannot stand by as our representatives prioritize military spending, deportations, and tax cuts over real security and the needs of Main Street."

ROP Contacts: Kathy Paterno & Cara Shufelt
541-420-7616 (cell) & 503-438-8639 (cell)
 kppaterno@msn.com  cara@rop.org

Actual "Notice of Default and Foreclosure" 06.May.2011 12:38

State of Oregon District 2 Constituents Stand United

To: Rep. Greg Walden
Re: Notice of Default and Foreclosure
Date: May 7th, 2011
NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE

Reference is made to the elected Representative of Oregon's 2nd District in the US House of Representatives, since 1999: GREG WALDEN

This notice is about Rep. Walden's failure to execute his duty to look after the financial and social
health of his constituents in and the residents of: THE STATE OF OREGON

Since January 2011, Rep. Greg Walden has been a member of the Republican majority in the US House of Representatives. The US House is charged with producing a budget for the United States of America, and Rep. Walden, as a member of the Republican majority, has particular responsibility to produce a budget that 'provides for the common welfare' of the people of the United States. He has failed to execute his duty to look after the financial and social health of all the people of the State of Oregon, and of the United States, having a voting record including the following:

1. Voting to increase the US military budget to over 700 billion dollars, while cutting funds for the Women, Infants, and Children food program.

2. Voting to preserve 40 billion dollars of subsidies and tax loopholes for the oil industry, while cutting emergency home heating assistance for low-income people.

3. Voting to preserve 700 billion dollars of tax cuts to the richest Americans, while voting to end the Medicare program that protects senior citizens from medical bankruptcy.

4. Voting against reforming the unjust immigration laws of the United States, further oppressing America's undocumented economic refugees, while at the same time voting to defund and neuter the enforcement arm of Security and Exchange commission, which is charged with investigating financial fraud on Wall Street.

5. Voting to water down and subvert all banking reform proposed to avert another economic meltdown, while also voting to defund federal help for people seeking to avoid home foreclosure. Rep. Walden's office has stated that "foreclosure is not an issue in the 2nd Congressional District" while thousands of homes are in foreclosure today.

6. Voting to defund public safety programs, emergency food assistance, community health and mental health programs, support for reproductive health, environmental protections, public transportation investments, public education funding, the National Cancer Institute, while fighting to preserve public subsidies for corporate agriculture, coal mining, uranium mining, off shore oil drilling, job exporting and tax avoidance.

7. Having proven himself to be a hazard to this community.

Notice is hereby given that the people, by reason for said default, have elected and do hereby elect to foreclose on Rep. Walden, and do hereby claim the following to satisfy the unmet obligations of Rep. Walden to the people:

**1. Repossession of the political trust that the people have vested in Rep. Walden.

**2. A deficiency judgment.

**3. Such other equitable relief as the people may deem necessary.

Dated at Bend, Oregon, this 7th of May, 2011

waldon?? 08.Jun.2011 16:26

king tut

did anyone call or talk to any dems?? people should know that the progressives are behind everything and we need to get rid of them,,