Tuesday is set to be a big day of action for homeowners on the protest front, as an orchestrated “Occupy Homes” campaign gets under way to promote the basic human rights of housing, reports IB Times.
The movement, which is an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests, will see organized protests take place in 25 cities around the US, bringing together a mix of tenant groups, affordable housing activists, homeless advocates and others. The protestors have signified their intention to occupy foreclosed and vacant homes in their cities, in order to highlight one of the most visible problems that have resulted from the recession.
One of the chief organizers of the Occupy Homes protests is Max Rameau of the Take Back the Land movement, a group that has been advocating community controlled land as a way of dealing with foreclosures. He said that by occupying foreclosed homes, it would give the movement a visible presence that would help it achieve its goals:
“I think it’s a natural evolution. You can’t organize except face to face. You can’t do that through Twitter.”
The Occupy Homes protestors have come up with a number of innovative gambits to draw attention to their cause, reports IB Times. Chicago activists are planning on taking over three vacant homes in the city that were previously foreclosed, and then moving families to live in them. A similar plan is set to be carried out by East New York activists, who have their sights set on moving one family back into a vacant home.
Meanwhile, protestors in Portland, Oregon, are planning to hold a press conference at the home of a cancer-stricken couple who are currently threatened with foreclosure in order to highlight their plight, before moving onto local police stations to ask police not to enforce evictions.
Protestors from the Take Back the Land movement in Madison, Wisconsin have said they plan to liberate a foreclosed home that has been repossessed by the Bank of America – it will be the group’s third such attempt to take over a bank-owned property that lies vacant, following two previous failed attempts.
In Atlanta, protestors from the Occupy Atlanta movement are planning on going one step further by hijacking three foreclosure auctions that are scheduled for Tuesday morning, before setting up protest camps at two foreclosure-threatened homes in the state, according to their spokesman Tim Franzen.
Discussing the goals of the Atlanta protests, Franzen explained that they were designed to challenge an economic system that many people believed were unfair.
“Tomorrow is really about challenging the banks,” he explained. “It’s about challenging the economic system that’s snatching up people’s homes. People are getting ripped off. The American people are getting ripped off. That is an intolerable injustice.”