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Food on the table or a place to call home? One shouldn't have to make this decision.

Please sign the petition http://wh.gov/D3J here.

The U.S. is in the midst of a harrowing economic crisis. Many people are unemployed and have exhausted all their unemployment benefits. It is easy to tell someone to just get a job but there aren’t many at all to go around. Without an income, people are having a hard time putting food on their dinner table and lunches in their kids’ backpacks, let alone making payment on their home. For many, the American Dream is fading fast.

Not everybody is in such dire straits, but don’t think it can’t happen to you. Life is full of surprises, lately the material of nightmares. One’s blessings can vaporize seemingly overnight, by sudden illness, layoffs, and other misfortunes.

In Long Beach, California, 1 in 5 residents are living in economic hardship and >50% of our children are living in poverty. Should people lose their homes because they hit hard times? In our job market, should the unemployed lose their homes because they can’t pay? Will being homeless make it easier for them to find jobs? Must they sell all their assets, especially their home and all their worldly possessions within, just to qualify for help?

A petition was created on December 3, 2011 asking President Barack Obama to do more to help people Occupy their Homes during these hard times. Let us hope that he and Mrs. Obama finally listen.

Mr. Obama, you need to realize that you have been bailing out the wrong people!

The petition can be found here on the Whitehouse’s “WE the PEOPLE” website. The text of the petition is as follows. Please sign and ask everybody you know to do the same.

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Place a moratorium on ALL foreclosures of mortgages made to individual homeowners belonging to the bottom 99%.

Don’t bail out banks and other financial institutions, help individuals, real people like us who need real help and a second chance. These icons of Wall Street are as evil as Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life when he doesn’t return the Baileys’ misplaced money. They buy mortgages issued to homeowners by other banks, seemingly with intent to foreclose whether or not they are ruining people’s lives.

Stop ALL banks and financial institutions from foreclosing on people. Place a moratorium on ALL foreclosures of mortgages made to individual home-owners for their primary residences, effective immediately! SHOW THAT YOU CARE about ALL people, not just those with money and influence.

Then let us know how we can help you to rebuild this country from the ground up, while keeping our homes.

Exercise your First Amendment right to petition the United States government to help provide for the general welfare in this way. Please add your signature to this petition. This Examiner wrote the petition and was the first to sign.

If a petition gets 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will go into a queue for the Administration to review and respond. Until it reaches 150 signatures, it will not be public on the Open Petitions section of "WE the PEOPLE."

The deadline for this petition is January 2, 2012, in time for President Obama to make a New Year’s Resolution to help real people by banning banks from foreclosing on their homes.

“WE the PEOPLE” is a new online tool created by the Obama Administration to facilitate the creation, sharing, and electronic signature gathering on petitions to ask the federal government to act on the issues of concern to you.

You must be 13 years or older and have a verifiable email address that you register in order to participate.

Enjoy this? Then share the link and comment below, even if only to say "Hi!"

You might also be interested in Donna’s other work as National Food Security Examiner, National Science News Examiner, Long Beach Urban Agriculture Examiner, and founder and executive director of Long Beach Grows.

Copyright © 2011 Donna Marykwas; All rights reserved

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