Email subject: *PRESS RELEASE* Homeowner Wins Key Concessions in Campaign to Stop Bank of America Home Foreclosure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 8, 2011

CONTACTS:

Brendon Mendoza, Petition Author, (310) 500-0577, bdoza68@gmail.com 

William Winters, Senior Organizer, Change.org, (337) 335-8705, william@change.org 

***PRESS RELEASE***

HOMEOWNER WINS KEY CONCESSIONS IN CAMPAIGN TO STOP BANK OF AMERICA HOME FORECLOSURE

After thousands join campaign on Change.org, Bank of America halts foreclosure proceedings. 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Bank of America has temporarily halted the foreclosure on a home owned by Southern California resident Brendon Mendoza after more than 14,000 people across America joined a popular campaign on Change.org supporting Mendoza’s bid to save his home.

Mendoza launched the online campaign on Change.org after Bank of America allegedly lost his documents repeatedly and shuffled him between multiple points of contact while he sought a modification of his home loan. On Friday, Mendoza received a call from a Bank of America official offering Mendoza a single point of contact with the bank and a temporary halt to the foreclosure proceedings.

“It’s encouraging that Bank of America has given me two of the things I asked for in my petition,” said Mendoza, who launched the campaign on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change. “I’m frustrated that it took 14,000 people speaking out for me to get them to treat me with respect, but I’ve got new hope that I’ll be able to keep my home.”

Mendoza’s campaign is one of nearly three dozen anti-foreclosure campaigns currently active on Change.org and the most recent to successfully influence a bank’s behavior in a foreclosure. The nonprofit group New Bottom Line recently led a successful effort to stop a lender from foreclosing on a 71-year old cancer survivor. Another campaign begun by Seattle homeowner Vera Johnson successfully stopped the foreclosure by Bank of America on her home and business.

“This is another powerful example of the potential of people-driven change,” said Change.org Senior Organizer William Winters. “From foreclosure prevention to bank fees, the Change.org platform is giving consumers new ways to demand action on the issues they care about.”

Next, to further pressure Bank of America to modify his loan Mendoza plans to deliver the petition signatures to a Los Angeles-area Bank of America branch.

Live signature totals from Brendon Mendoza’s campaign:

http://www.change.org/petitions/bofa-stop-the-foreclosure-on-brendon-mendozas-home

Journalists interested in contacting Bank of America’s public relations staff should try:

Scott Silvestri

Phone: 980.388.9921

scott.silvestri@bankofamerica.com

T.J. Crawford

Phone: 646.855.3301

tj.crawford@bankofamerica.com

Nicole Nastacie

Phone: 980.388.7252

nicole.nastacie@bankofamerica.com

Diane Wagner

Phone: 312.992.2370

diane.wagner@bankofamerica.com

Contact information for petition signers in your area can be arranged upon request:

William Winters, Senior Organizer, Change.org

(337) 335-8705, william@change.org

For more information on Change.org, please visit:

http://www.change.org/about

Change.org is the world’s fastest-growing platform for social change — growing by more than 400,000 new members a month, and empowering millions of people to start, join, and win campaigns for social change in their community, city and country.

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