Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Occupy movement reclaims homes from banks
OCCUPY activists in the USA have moved forward into a new terrain of social war by reclaiming repossessed homes for families.
Announced the Occupy Our Homes site on Wednesday: "A housing system that only serves Wall Street banks and the 1% hasn’t worked. Yesterday the 99% stepped up and said, 'We are reclaiming our homes.' The banks have heard this message loud and clear.
"From Southgate, Michigan to South Gate, California, from East New York to the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse in Georgia, members of the 99% took action to Occupy Homes.
"The banks noticed - Bank of America warned their employees nationwide about the 99% standing up for their homes. Banks came to the negotiating table with home occupiers in West Oakland, Seattle, and San Jose. Foreclosure auctions were blocked in Georgia and California, stopping the sale of dozens of homes.
"The media noticed - major programs like Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Keith Olbermann highlighted stories from Occupy Our Homes, along with hundreds of other outlets.
"And perhaps most importantly of all, homeowners and people fighting for housing around the country noticed. Local communities and 99% movement participants have committed to escalating this movement to Occupy Homes because everyone deserves a home — and to stop the bailed-out and fraudulent big banks that are stealing our homes.
"The movement to Occupy Our Homes got this kind of attention by taking action for forty homes and 5,000 activists. Imagine how the country will respond if we occupy 1,000 homes and 200,000 people taking action.
"Please keep taking action, keep occupying and bringing the fight for our homes and our neighborhoods to the banks."
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