BOSTON -- Community activists took their complaints directly to the offices of one of the country's biggest lenders and called for a boycott.
NewsCenter 5's Jack Harper reported that it was organized by the Neighborhood Assistance Corp. Dozens of protestors occupied the Jamaica Plain office of Countrywide Financial, which they describe as the nation's leading mortgage lender.
"This is the first office we've gone to the start of the boycott. The first office. They've got over 1,000 offices in the country. Obviously, the word is starting to get out before, because there are no customers," NACA's Bruce Marks said.
Many obtained adjustable mortgages and then encountered large interest increases and refinancing fees. They said the company knowingly put thousands of homeowners in unaffordable mortgages.
"I worked part-time jobs. I found all this money went toward my mortgage -- not talking about insurance, not talking about taxes, not talking about food when my kids were hungry," said Kevin Brown, of Everett.
"I will tell you something -- my stupidity is the stupidity and people with such greed. Honest to God, I wasn't trying to be greedy or have more then I could afford. I had to fix my furnace. That's why I refinanced, and I have to tell you, I am stupid, really stupid," said Mary Ryan, of Plymouth.
They're asking Countrywide to save face and their homes by rewriting mortgages.
"Right-thinking people have to stand together and say we have to shut Countryside down," City Councilor Chuck Turner said.
They left Jamaica Plain promising more protests around the country.
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