SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many people gathered on Warrenton Street in Springfield, Monday night, to stand up against Chase Bank.
Deborah Graham is the owner of a home Warrenton St. She told 22News she struggled in 2009 to make her mortgage payments because she needed to pay for her medical bills. Her attempts to negotiate and modify her loan with Chase Bank have gone nowhere.
According to “No One Leaves,” Chase Bank has refused to work with her even though a non-profit bank has recently pre-approved her for a loan. Graham told 22News before the vigil that she wanted to make her voice heard on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and fight for social and economic justice for all.
“It’s time for people to stand up and fight for justice. I’m a nurse, I’m also a veteran. If this can happen to me it can happen to anybody. All I did was get sick,” Graham said.
There have been many other demonstrations for justice and equality. Graham is hopeful these grassroots movements will make a difference. She said, “That’s how civil rights came about. It started with a grassroots community, and it started with us the people. And if we don’t do it, what people need to understand is this can happen to anybody.”
Graham is working again and hopes she’ll be able to stay at the house she built.