Home Defense AcademyShab Bashiri on May 15, 2013
How to use direct action to fight foreclosure
Saturday May 18, 2013
12:30pm - 6:00pm
1800 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Occupy Our Homes begain with the simple idea of bringing the bold energy of the Occupy movement into communities facing housing crisis to build power through victories for the 99%. Over the last year and a half, homeowners and activists around the country have fought back against the banks, stopping evictions and winning homes, churches, and community landmarks, while relieving debt and reclaiming land.
Five 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.
After years of false promises to hold banks accountable, and a lack of any real relief for homeowners, people are fed up and ready to take action to fight back. On May 20th, dozens of homeowners who are underwater, facing foreclosure, or had their homes foreclosed on illegally by the banks are joining with hundreds of allies from around the country in Washington D.C. to risk arrest and demand an end to the Department of Justice's "too big to fail, too big to jail" policy.
Occupy Our Homes is using this opportunity to teach homeowners and allies how to use direct action and public pressure to fight for their homes and communities by holding a "Home Defense Academy" on Saturday, May 18th. The training will be led by members of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, Occupy Homes MN, and Springfield No One Leaves, who have collectively fought back against Wall Street greed to keep dozens of families with a roof over their heads.