Jerry Goldberg

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Jerry Goldberg

Jerome "Jerry" Dale Goldberg is the leader of Moratorium NOW!, a Michigan organization that formed in the spring of 2008 to fight for the passage of State Sen. Hansen Clarke's Senate Bill 1306, now numbered SB 29, "which would stop all mortgage foreclosures and evictions for two years."

Second Venceremos Brigade

In 1970 Jerome Goldberg from Arbor, Michigan was a member of the first Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.[1]

Moratorium NOW!

On Sept. 17, 2008, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions sponsored a rally at the Michigan State Capitol, demanding the State Legislature enact SB 1306, a two-year foreclosure moratorium bill. Represented at the rally was UNITE HERE, Change to Win, United Auto Workers, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers, Green Party of Michigan, Detroit Greens, the Cynthia McKinney presidential campaign, Students for a Democratic Society, National Lawyers Guild, Workers World Party, Food Not Bombs, Critical Moment, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Michigan Welfare Rights, Call ’Em Out, Latinos Unidos of Michigan, Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition, Joint Religious Organizing Network for Action and Hope, Adrian Dominican Sisters & Associates for Peace. The following led or spoke at the rally: Sandra Hines and Abayomi Azikiwe of the Moratorium NOW!; Kris Hamel; Reverend Ed Rowe, Central United Methodist Church; State Representatives Gabe Leland, Shanelle Jackson, Bettie Cook Scott and Steve Tobocman; State Sen. Martha G. Scott; Rubie Curl-Pinkins and her daughter Nikki Curl; Jerry Goldberg, people’s attorney and coalition leader; Juan Daniel Castro, Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition; Linette Crosby; Larry Holmes, a leader of the Troops Out Now Coalition; Robert Pratt of UNITE HERE; and Rosendo Delgado of Latinos Unidos of Michigan.[2]

Moratorium NOW! is affiliated with the Bail Out the People Movement and is controlled by the Workers World Party. The organization's office is located at the Central United Methodist Church and holds meetings there.[3][4]

Endorsed SB 1306

As at Feb. 10, 2011, Jerry Goldberg had endorsed State Senator Hansen Clarke's Senate Bill 1306, "which would stop all mortgage foreclosures and evictions for two years." The bill is being supported by the Workers World Party-front, Moratorium NOW!.[5]

“Fighting Foreclosures”

Thursday, March 5th 2009, “Fighting Foreclosures,” a Michigan Coalition for Human Rights program featuring speakers Vanessa Fluker and Jerry Goldberg at 7 PM at Barth Hall (corner of Woodward and Warren) in Detroit.[6]

WWP leader

Eighty people attended a Midwest conference that the Chicago branch of Workers World Party hosted on Sept. 18. 2010 Its theme: the need for a revolutionary struggle against capitalism and for socialism.

Jerry Goldberg, a WWP leader and organizer in the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs, talked about “the art of revolution” and “how to bring our program to the workers in a living way that challenges capitalism in a way workers can grasp.” He affirmed, “We don’t recognize the property rights of the bankers and capitalists. Workers have a property right to a job and a home. That’s the right we fight for when we demand a moratorium on debt service to the banks, on foreclosures and plant closings.”.[7]

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