The real news today was a letter sent by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to Mel Watt concerning affordable housing goals.They wrote in part: “Second, the GSEs require capital if they are to serve their historic mission. As your agency embarks upon decision-making on affordable housing policy, it naturally must be balanced with FHFA’s statutory obligation as conservator to the safety and soundness of these enterprises. We applaud FHFA for its announcement this week on the expansion of lending to middle class borrowers, this expansion will require capital. We note that some of the current proposals to raise g-fees and to impose new requirements on private mortgage insurers will increase the costs of borrowing, and would still fall short of building the capital needed to grow a robust and healthy housing market. This is especially true given the GSE’s status in, what Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) describes as seemingly “permanent conservatorship,” where they are unable to rebuild capital. In light of this, in order to ensure the best path forward for increasing homeownership in the communities we represent, we believe it is vital to initiate serious discussions about unwinding the conservatorship and allowing Fannie and Freddie to begin rebuilding their capital”
The significance of this letter is huge. This resoundingly confirms that we indeed are on the right path. Many of the points and thoughts in their letter reflect many of the ideas shared here. The tide has truly shifted; America is awakening to the reality of what life without Fannie and Freddie would be like. I want to commend those who are now coming to Fannie and Freddie’s defense. As I shared before what precipitated my trip to DC was “a profound impact, our blog had on certain congressional members”. Well, I will say tonight that I stand humbled as I see many of the ideas that I shared on that trip coming to fruition. You are now having a profound effect in ensuring that Fannie and Freddie will continue to provide equal access to the dream of home ownership in America. We need to work as a team and deliver a unified message. A simple/truthful message that conveys the truth about Fannie and Freddie. It will not be an easy task as the river of lies our opponents have unleashed runs deep. I hope all of our readers now better understand why our “Summary of Truth” is so vitally important at this critical junction. Please everyone read the letter,I will be sharing more on this ground breaking development tomorrow. Keep the Faith!

Folks the light of truth is finally shining through their clouds of lies. Millions of Americans have heard our pleas and are joining us in our fight to save these two great American Institutions. Read the membership list. All walks of life across America are represented. Our persistence and unwavering goal to ensure that the truth is known about Fannie and Freddie is paying off.

Leadership Conference FHFA letter 10-28-14 (final)-2

9to5, National Association of Working Women

A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI)
AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women)
Advancement Project
African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church)
Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
Alliance for Retired Americans
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED)
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
American Ethical Union (AEU)
American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (AFGE)
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (AFT)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
American Islamic Congress (AIC)
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
American Nurses Association (ANA)
American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU)
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Amnesty International USA
The Andrew Goodman Foundation
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
The Arc
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER)
The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI)
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)


Bend the Arc
B’nai B’rith International (BBI)
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO (BCTD)


Center for Community Change (CCC)
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Center for Responsible Lending (CRL)
Center for Social Inclusion
Center for Women Policy Studies
Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
Church of the Brethren – World Ministries Commission
Church Women United (CWU)
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)
Coalition on Human Needs
Common Cause
Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, CLC (CWA)
Community Action Partnership
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)
Compassion & Choices


DC Vote
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
DEMOS: A Network for Ideas & Action
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Disability Rights Legal Center
Division of Homeland Ministries – Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)


Epilepsy Foundation of America
Episcopal Church – Public Affairs Office
Equal Justice Society
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)


Families USA
Federally Employed Women (FEW)
Feminist Majority
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)


Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Global Rights
Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union (GMP)


Hip Hop Caucus
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Human Rights First (HRF)


Immigration Equality
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.


Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)
Jewish Labor Committee (JLC)
Jewish Women International (JWI)
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (Bazelon Center)


Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
Lambda Legal
LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
League of Women Voters of The United States (LWV)
Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC)
Legal Momentum


Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Muslim Advocates


NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
NALEO Educational Fund
National Alliance of Postal & Federal Employees (NAPFE)
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc. (NACWC)
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA)
National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW)
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (NANBPWC)
National Association of Neighborhoods (NAN)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Bar Association (NBA)
National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL)
National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
The National Center on Time & Learning
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP)
National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE)
National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare
National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC)
The National Conference for Community and Justice
National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM)
National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR)
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)
National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.(NCC)
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)
National Education Association (NEA)
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)
National Farmers Union (NFU)
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Health Law Program (NHeLP)
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)
National Immigration Forum
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
National Organization for Women (NOW)
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
National Senior Citizens Law Center
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
National Urban League (NUL)
National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC)
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Newspaper Guild


OCA (formerly known as Organization of Chinese Americans)
ORT America
Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, Inc. (OC Inc.)
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Open Society Policy Center (OSPC)


Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
People For the American Way (PFAW)
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. (PPFA)
Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Pride At Work
Prison Policy Initiative
Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC)
Project Vote
Public Advocates Inc.


Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)


Secular Coalition for America
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
The Sierra Club
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
Sikh Coalition
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)


Teach for America
TransAfrica Forum
Transportation Learning Center


Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC)
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM)
United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UFW)
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
United Methodist Church-General Board of Church & Society
United Mine Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UMWA)
United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD)
United States Students Association (USSA)
United Steelworkers of America (USW)
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ)


The Voter Participation Center


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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.