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When in Spain

July 19, 2011

I thought this article regarding “community” protests in Spain to stop mortgage lenders from foreclosing on homes was very inspiring. It appears as if social networking via the Facebook and Twitter is helping to organize people more easily in order to rally around those who are unfortunate to face a foreclosure on their homes in towns across Spain.

Spain, like the United States, experienced a huge housing boom that came to a crashing halt in 2008. As the economy stalled, unemployment rates soared to the highest in the European Union, hovering at 40 percent for young people — who until recently seemed apathetic. That changed on May 15, when young people began congregating across the country in peaceful protests that lasted weeks in some cities.

It shows what effective democracy can accomplish because it gives the little people a stage, a platform to make their voices to be heard.

Perhaps Americans can learn from their Spanish counterparts and utilize their effective democracy in order to put a cessation to illegal foreclosures such as this one or this one, or maybe even put an end to those illegal robo-signers.

Why is it that illegal foreclosures always favor the mortgage lender? The burder of proof usually falls on the victims who pay for these “data entry errors” most of the time. So when publicity isn’t enough to stop a bank from foreclosing on someone’s home, then effective demonstrations might just be the next best thing.

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