Nashville filmmaker, writer and activist Molly Secours is no stranger to the pages of Pith. Right on the heels of a year-and-a-half battle with uterine cancer, including grueling radiation and chemo treatments, Secours found herself staring down the barrel of a whole 'nother crisis--foreclosure. After a five-month struggle with her mortgage holder First Franklin Loan and its owner Bank of America, during which she was repeatedly stonewalled, she finally managed to wrangle a 5 percent fixed-rate modification loan, a huge relief from the exorbitant 9.8 percent mortgage she'd been paying off.
But as Secours explained in April, her success was more attributable to friends in high places and national media coverage than to any genuine compassion or reasonability on the part of the bank.
On Monday, Secours got a call beckoning her to Washington, D.C., where she will join Nancy Pelosi at a health-care reform press conference on Capitol Hill to share her experiences dealing with the devastating financial repercussions of battling a severe illness--not to mention the insights she gained making her documentary The Faces of TennCare: Putting a Human Face on Tennessee's Health Care Failure. The last-minute nature of the invite has made this a seat-of-the-pants situation, but best Secours can tell, the press conference is supposed to air on C-Span at 10:30 a.m. Central Time today. So if you're near a TV, catch one of Nashville's true champions of the poor and marginalized offer her insights on one of the gravest crises facing America today.