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#D6: Reclaim Our Homes, Reclaim Our Future - Occupy Our Homes Kicks Off Year Two of Housing Justice Organizing

Posted 9 years ago on Oct. 17, 2012, 3:11 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: occupy our homes, atlanta, foreclosure defense, los angeles

occupy our homes atlanta at the home of Jacqueline Barber

via Occupy Our Homes. Be sure to check out their website for more information on how you can support on-going occupations to save homes from foreclosure, including active campaigns like this one to save the home of cancer patient Jacqueline Barber in Atlanta, the Hernandez family currently being harassed by LAPD in Los Angeles, and many more!

Four years after an economic meltdown precipitated by Wall Street greed, fraud, and recklessness in the housing market, Americans continue to face an epidemic of unjust foreclosures. While homeowners and renters seek help to keep their homes, banks have rushed to foreclose and evict, and in too many communities, homes remain vacant while neighbors sleep on the street.

But homeowners, housing justice activists, homeless advocates, and occupiers have come together to fight back under the banner of the Occupy Our Homes movement. Community organizations and occupy groups came together last December to challenge the housing crisis and confront the crooks at the banks who are stealing our homes. On December 6, 2011, scores of groups around the country participated in a day of action for housing justice, launching the Occupy Our Homes movement.

Homeowners, renters, and the homeless joined forces to fight the banks and reclaim our communities. All over the country, activists declared housing a human right. We came together, occupying our homes to prevent eviction, disrupting foreclosure auctions, restoring vacant homes to community use, and protesting the banks that caused this mess in the first place.

And we showed time and again that when people fought for their homes, they could win.

But the fight is far from over. Despite dozens of victories for homeowners around the country, banks are still choosing to foreclose instead of taking payments. Banks are still refusing to negotiate with families who seek only a fair solution that keeps them in their home. Banks are still using fraudulent tactics like robo-signing to speed through illegal foreclosures—months after a weak settlement meant to stop this practice. Bank-owned houses continue to sit empty and untended, destroying property values and pushing more and more families underwater.

A year since the start of the Occupy Our Homes movement, we are recommitting to reclaiming our homes and our futures. On Thursday December 6th 2012, we call on communities to turn the spotlight on the crisis that continues to hold our neighborhoods and our economy hostage.

We will take action together:

  • Eviction defenses/home occupations
  • Reclaiming vacant homes for the homeless
  • Establishing foreclosure and eviction-free zones
  • Foreclosure auction sit-ins
  • Marches on the banks

Occupy Our Homes started with a simple idea: bring the bold, creative energy of the Occupy movement into hard-hit communities and build power through victories for the 99%. We've won homes, churches, community landmarks, and stopped evictions while relieving debt and reclaiming land along the way.

On Thursday December 6th, 2012, we’ll re-invest in this movement to defend our homes, hold Wall Street accountable, and affirm the human right to housing. Join us in solidarity with homeowners, tenants and the homeless to build a just housing system—for the 99%.

If you as an individual or any Occupy group or community-based organization are interested in participating in the D6 actions, please complete this form and someone from Occupy Our Homes will be in touch.

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[-] 1 points by poindexter (8) 9 years ago

This might have worked a year ago but "squatting" is being fast tracked to extreme legal reaction almost as we speak. Especially bank owned properties, they'll have teams of sheriffs to evict with prejudice and new criminal trespass laws that will make it very dangerous to be caught in bank property.

This is exactly why banks spend millions buying politicians like Obama, how dare 'the people' threaten the banks money? Obama and Uncle Joe will protect them just like they have the last four years.

[-] 1 points by mindscrape69 (6) 9 years ago

I have a few questions? And some comments to ponder over. Why has America forgotten about the "Occupy movement here in the US? I have not had a chance to go to NYC , is there still an active protest going on there? I s the protest thinning out out by going global? And most important after all this time have the 1% really taken any of the protesters seriously ? I s not business going on as usual ? Is it also possible that these demonstrations have made the !% more angry and more determined to fight back? A huge problem that exists today, that is unique in the history of the human race , is the rapid expansion of our technology , creating powerful resources for those who can afford it , to potentially inflict huge casualties on the rest of us. Courtesy of modern technology it has now become both possible to become unimaginably wealthy and for that wealth to buy unimaginable power. The 1% have known this for some time and have been playing us for years very slowly , very cautiously and with precision. Yes it has been a game played well . The odds have been stacked against us, They are waiting for the right moment. Just as a well known former dictator who when rising to power started with the most vulnerable of citizens , the disabled particularly the mentally ill , exterminating them , like today in a less literal sense by depriving them of the needed care . They will ultimately end up on the streets to be rounded up and imprisoned or to die by suicide or by confrontations with the law. Meanwhile the media creates this false impression that ALL criminals are insane therefore why sympathize with any one being treated for a mental illness. Well folks the war on the mentally ill is almost over now and and the next to go are the poor . The American public are so dazed and confused that they will elect a president who blatantly accuses a majority of Americans of being lazy. It is clear by now the !% know we can be told anything nor matter how horrid and no one seems to care. Yes as Americans we are all like drugged sheep ready for the slaughter. We are already dead but just do not know it. There are those who cry out in what seems to be a wilderness where the sounds get lost. The hunters are waiting patiently.

[-] 1 points by FalseEconomy (3) 9 years ago

No Conspiracy, Confirm Your Inalienable Rights. Now when the United States Government was bankrupted by the events of the 1929 crash, the Fed had the mechanism whereby the gold standard could be abolished and you the people thus became the collateral, the promissory note to pay at a future date your imputed debt, implied upon your birth. Now having a corporate entity implied through the use of your Social Security Number, your bond has unlimited potential value, therefore you can invoke your bond to rearrange the terms of your debt, strike that debt completely, or else make an offer to buyout the bank. The artificial person of the true representation of the living human being can negotiate a remedy on the Corporate Terms as utilised by the District of Columbia. The 1% don’t pay tax because they choose to engage the DC under the Terms of Roman Law. You the People being the Sovereigns’ have the power you just have not been informed of your Natural Rights under Common Law.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 9 years ago

Prosecute the banksters.

replace pro 1% conservatives w/ pro 99% progressives & protest for change that benefits the 99%

[-] 1 points by DonQuixot (231) 9 years ago

Keep on fighting against financial terrorism. Good Luck. Regards from Spain, with an economy destroyed by the 1 % with den in Wall Street.

[-] 0 points by debtfree68 (5) from Yonkers, NY 9 years ago

Banksters? A borrower chooses a house. Applies for a loan. The bankster makes the loan. The borrower doesn't pay it back. Who is the crook again?

[-] 1 points by JesseHeffran (3903) 9 years ago

It would have been easy to say the borrower before 2008, but, now, that's a tough one. Is it a crime to hustle a hustler?

Welching on a loan from a banker, who sold you a house you couldn't afford then bet against your loan, causing you to lose your job, seems quite reasonable to me. I know it's important to honor your obligations, but it's also imperative that you don't let people swindle you. Besides, leveraging your debt seems to be the American way. Just ask Trump.