Housing Justice Academy in New Jersey

Join NJ Communities United, Occupy Our Homes, and the Home Defenders League for the Housing Justice Academy in Newark, NJ on December 7th & 8th!

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


Occupy Homes Housing Justice Academy

Wall 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. 

Home Defense Academy

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. 


Take Back the Land Rochester & Metro Justice Housing Justice Summit

From Take Back the Land Rochester’s Facebook event:

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!


A New Tool: Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org

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. 


Occupy San Pedro Fights Foreclosure Workshop June 16th

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: off-sanpedro@sbcglobal.net

Call the Harry Bridges Institute at 310-831-2397