Posted 5 years ago on Dec. 1, 2011, 3:04 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
On December 6th Occupy Wall Street will join in solidarity with a Brooklyn community to re-occupy a foreclosed home. The day of action marks a national kick-off for a new frontier for the occupy movement: the liberation of vacant bank-owned homes for those in need. The banks got bailed out, but our families are getting kicked out. The fight to reclaim democracy from the banks is growing from Wall Street to Main Street.
The NYC foreclosure tour and home re-occupation is part of a big national day of action on Dec. 6 that will focus on the foreclosure crisis and protest fraudulent lending practices, corrupt securitization, and illegal evictions by banks. The Occupy movement actions, including eviction defense at foreclosed properties, takeovers of vacant properties by homeless families, and foreclosure action disruptions, will take place in more than 25 cities across the country.
Millions of Americans have lost their homes in the Wall Street recession and one in four homeowners are currently underwater on their mortgages. The 99% is bearing the brunt of a crisis caused by Wall Street and big banks.
That's why, all across the country, Americans have begun standing up to the banks that are trying to evict them. It's already happened in Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and cities and towns across the country. Now, it's happening in Brooklyn. Soon, it will be happening everywhere.
Wall Street and the big banks are making record profits while most Americans are struggling to stay in their homes. They break the law with impunity, but millions of us get served with eviction. They make trillions and get bailouts, while we face record unemployment and record debt.
No more! Our system has been serving Wall Street, big banks, and the one percent.
We are the 99%. We are reclaiming our democracy.
And we are reclaiming our homes.
NYC Event Details
Foreclosure Tour: Meet @ 1pm for March starts at Pennsylvania and Livonia. Ends at undisclosed location of home re-occupation. Block party and house warming to follow. Bring gifts and food!</strong> Take 3 train to Pennsylvania Ave or L train to Livonia Ave.
March: At 1pm, we are gathering at Pennsylvania and Livonia in East New York, Brooklyn (3 train to Pennsylvania or L train to Livonia) to march through a neighborhood on the front lines of the economic crisis. Along the way, we will take stock of foreclosed properties for the growing Occupy REAL Estate Listing Service, so families can reclaim stolen homes in their neighborhood -- and connect with allies in their communities to defend the human right to a home. The march will end at a house warming and block party for the family and their neighbors. Bring housewarming gifts and food to share!
Mic Check the Subways on the Way
On your way out to the action on Tuesday, come together with other NYC GAs for a Subway People's Mic! Here are the meeting points:
Bronx: Hunts Point station, 10:30 am
Queens: Roosevelt Ave/Jackson Heights,11:30 am
Brooklyn: Atlantic Terminal Plaza, 11:30 am
Staten Island: Staten Island Ferry, 11:00am
Feel free to just show up and join in, or help bottom-line by doing the following:
Put up signs directing people to OWS: Taking back our home, or 'JOIN US IN TAKING OUR STORIES TO THE TRAIN', whatever you want your sign to say.
Encourage someone to start with their first story. Give people gathered a brief intro to using the People's Mic on the train - i.e. only use 4 words at a time, wait for people to finish echoing before starting the next phrase, etc.
Get on the 3 or L trains by 12:00 at the latest (trying to get to East NY by1:00), after a few stories have been shared/practiced. Make sure everyone gets on the same train!
Be inspired: Start the People's Mic on the train! And let things roll from there! Stay on 1 train car, stay together, but feel free to stop at main stops to do the People's Mic on the platform (places like Union Square or 42nd Street - with tons of people). If people get shy, encourage them to tell their story, give them a smile and a wink.
Get off at 3 train to Pennsylvania or L train to Livonia. Join the march from Pennsylvania and Livonia in East New York, Brooklyn, to march through a neighborhood on the front lines of the economic crisis. Along the way, we will take stock of foreclosed properties for the growing Occupy REAL Estate Listing Service, so families can reclaim stolen homes in their neighborhood -- and connect with allies in their communities to defend the human right to a home.