Yesterday, Americans stood up and said, “We have a right to shelter. No one can take that right from us.” Today we re-occupied our homes.
In East New York, Brooklyn – a foreclosed home is being reclaimed today by a local homeless family. #OWS, along with local neighbors and community groups, has pledged to stay with the family and defend them from eviction. Kendall Jacklman from Picture The Homeless spoke to the housing crisis ongoing in New York City, saying, “There is enough housing in this city to shut down the Department of Homeless Services and offer everyone decent, affordable housing based on our real wages.”
We own our homes – a callous bank that split ownership of our homes into hundreds of parts, redistributing them across the world under false ratings does not own our homes. Banks are able to restructure settlements constantly – we are not – they receive billions of dollars enabling them to stay afloat for long enough to steal our homes. Do not let them.
Across the nation occupiers along with community groups shut down foreclosure auctions and reclaimed homes for families displaced by the global economic crisis. Two homes in Atlanta were re-occupied. In Oakland, foreclosure auctions were disrupted at the county courthouse – more than a dozen homes were saved.
We stand in solidarity with homeowners across the country and the world whose homes are in the process of being stolen by faceless conglomerations motivated only by profit. We are the 99%. We will not let our homes be stolen.