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Shab Bashiri on November 21, 2013
Join NJ Communities United, Occupy Our Homes, and the Home Defenders League for the Housing Justice Academy in Newark, NJ on December 7th & 8th!» More
We’re bringing people together to learn how we can fight back against Wall Street greed, strengthen our connections to each other, and build a movement that has the power to push back against Wall Street and the big banks. Learn how to:
• Organize your neighbors
• Lead direct actions
• Execute eviction defenses
• Participate in non-violent civil disobedience
• Talk to the press
• Launch online petitions
WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!!!
Shab Bashiri on October 16, 2013
Occupy Our Homes invites you to attend our first ever Housing Justice Academy!
Over the last two years, Occupy Our Homes groups around the country have helped hundreds of families fight to stay in their homes, winning houses, farms, and even churches back from the bank. We've liberated vacant bank-owned homes in order to provide stable housing for those in need. We've worked with communities to set up Eviction Free Zones, where neighbors have pledged to defend each other from wrongful foreclosures and evictions. We've learned that the only way to hold Wall Street accountable is to come together and organize-- to create a world where people, not banks, have control over their communities.
This fall, the Housing Justice Academy-- in Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Newark, and more-- will bring people together to learn tactics and strategies to defend our homes, train in non-violent direct action, and work together to build a stronger housing justice movement that has the power to take on big banks- and win!
Shab Bashiri on September 12, 2013Wall Street thinks they've gotten away with it. The banks have doled out paltry settlement checks, the media and the Obama administration tout the "housing recovery"--and foreclosures continue at three times their pre-2007 levels.But all over the country, we're finding that when we fight back, we win. When Mildred Obi, a retired senior was wrongfully evicted from her home by Bank of America, she decided to fight back. She moved back in with the help of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, and now she owns her home for good. In Minneapolis, two entire neighborhoods have declared an Eviction Free Zone, pledging to fight the banks together. Neighbors turned out in droves to defend Sergio Ceballos' home from eviction in July, and as a result, he's still in his home and hoping to reach a resolution with Chase Bank.We know that the only way to hold Wall Street accountable is to come together and organize--to create a world where people, not banks, have control over their communities.In October, Occupy Our Homes will bring people together to do just that by hosting our first ever Housing Justice Academy. We’ll come together to learn how we can fight back, strengthen our connections to each other, and build a movement that has the power to fight back against these institutions. From October 26 through October 28, trainings and actions will be taking place in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, and more locations might be added soon.
Shab 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 began 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.
OccupyOurHomes on October 30, 2012
After our incredibly successful Housing is a Human Right March, we need to make sure that we keep up the energy and help to build what work we're doing to make Housing a Human Right.
The Housing Justice Summit is a space for leadership development and greater understanding for participants in this movement. We need more people participating on a day-to-day basis.
Join us, and learn about what the foreclosure crisis is, what is has meant for Rochester in the last few years, how we plan to combat it in a way that reduces homelessness and strengthen community!
OccupyOurHomes on July 27, 2012
With the support of the Occupy Our Homes movement, hundreds of people across America have taken a stand and demanded their bank negotiate to keep them in their home.
These bold individuals and courageous families have built support in their neighborhoods, pressured their banks, raised awareness (and sometimes a ruckus), and won their homes at an inspiring rate.
Of course, not everyone who is facing foreclosure and eviction is ready to occupy their home. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t find ways to help everyone facing foreclosure and eviction keep their home.
Today I’m excited to announce a new tool for anyone in housing crisis: http://Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org.
Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org allows anyone to start a campaign in support of a solution to their housing situation. This tool empowers people in housing crisis to start organizing on their own behalf in their community, and build power that they can leverage in their efforts to keep their home.
You can use this tool to target anyone—a bank loan officer, a local elected official, executives at Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac—whoever has the power to make sure you keep your home.
It’s easy to do—all it takes is a few quick steps: identify who you are petitioning, tell your neighbors and supporters around the world what you want them to do, then say why it’s important. You can start a campaign in support of keeping your home in a matter of minutes.
Once you start a campaign, we’ll be here to help answer questions and do our best to see you succeed.
The banks are more powerful than they should be—we all know this—but the Occupy Our Homes movement is proving that when homeowners fight back and organize within their communities, we have the power to beat the banks.
Take a stand, start a campaign, and save your home. Or if you’re not in housing crisis, come to the site and take action in support of brave homeowners around the country who are fighting to keep their homes.
OccupyOurHomes on June 05, 2012
Hello San Pedro Neighbors:
Are you already in foreclosure or in pre-foreclosure?
Are you struggling to make your mortgage payments?
Have you sought help from your bank and gotten nowhere?
Do you feel powerless and embarrassed by the entire situation?
You are NOT alone! Occupy San Pedro is sponsoring a Fight Foreclosure Work Shop for us all – we are the 99%
WHO: The Occupy Fight Foreclosure Committee of Occupy San Pedro
WHAT: The Occupy Movement is fighting foreclosures all over the USA – so are we!
WHEN: Saturday, June 16th, 2012, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WHERE: In the Pre-School Room in the Community Center at Peck Park
WHY: Because we are tired of being the pawns of the 1% who control the banks, we invite you to join us and others who want the right information to start taking back our lives.
HOW: By hosting a NO-COST Foreclosure Information Work Shop to share the honest, correct, and expert information we need. We will have experts, pamphlets and elected officials to give us information and to help answer our questions.
Knowledge is Power!
Email Sherry Hernandez: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the Harry Bridges Institute at 310-831-2397» More
OccupyOurHomes on April 11, 2012
If you're in Rochester, NY, check out this awesome teach-in from Metro Justice & Take Back the Land:
What: Housing is a Human Right Campaign Teach-In
Where: Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio St. Rochester, NY
When: Thursday, April 12th 6pm
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on March 01, 2012
Detroit has been a critical city in the Occupy Homes movement, with numerous occupations organized by Occupy Detroit and important work being done by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs. The Moratorium NOW! Coalition has called a conference on March 31, 2012 to demand a two year national moratorium to stop foreclosures.
Learn more about the conference and register at nationalmoratorium.org.» More
OccupyOurHomes on January 31, 2012
On Saturday, February 18th, from 3 to 5pm, Occupy Long Beach will be hosting a Home Defense Empowerment Workshop at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach, 241 Cedar Avenue. (map)
The first intention of this workshop is to provide the resources necessary for a motivated homeowner to successfully defend their homes. This is the right workshop for those homeowners interested in actively fighting against the predatory and fraudulent practices of the lending institutions attempting to take their homes. It is also the right workshop for any friend, family member, activist or person interested in learning more about home defense and the Occupy Homes movement.» More
OccupyOurHomes on January 14, 2012
During the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, January 15 & 16th, Chicagoans are reaching out to help families in foreclosure. Join neighbors and other volunteers to help keep families in their homes.» More
OccupyOurHomes on January 12, 2012
Thousands of homeowners throughout Palm Beach County, and many more throughout the country, are being foreclosed on, even evicted, often through the greed and fraud of the big banks, law firms and mortgage companies that crashed our nation's economy in 2008. But the 99% are fighting back. Local foreclosure fraud activist Lisa Epstein will explain how, and show us ways to get involved in direct actions to oppose the destructive 1%. For more on Occupy Palm Beach County, go to occupypalmbeachcounty.org. For more on foreclosure in Palm Beach County and elsewhere, go to foreclosurehamlet.org/ and 4closurefraud.org/.» More
on January 11, 2012
January 26: FIGHTING FORECLO$URE FRAUD
A teach-in on how we can beat the 1%
Foreclosures and the fraudulent schemes which accompany them are a nationwide scandal which began with sub-prime lending schemes and for the past five years have ended with the rubber-stamping of a judicial seal of approval leading to the evictions of hundreds of thousands of hard-working American families from their homes. South Florida residents have been among the hardest hit in the entire country.
What can we do, then, to stop this American tragedy from unfolding to the bitter end for hundreds of thousands more?!
Occupy Ft Lauderdale has begun a grassroots initiative, the Occupy Ft. Lauderdale Foreclosure Mobilization, to build a grassroots political force to fight on behalf of foreclosure victims NOW!» More