Occupy Homes celebrates new victories with party and conference

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Daniel Yang
Monique White rallies the crowd of supporters at her house on Wednesday night.
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On Wednesday night, while about 150 people were in Monique White's yard, listening to Brother Ali perform, White's neighbors were peering curiously over their fence. The family had just moved in about a month ago, and the crowd next door was the first they were hearing about White's struggle against foreclosure and her alliance with Occupy Homes. "So they helped save her house?," one of the new neighbors asked, trying to puzzle out what the party was for.

In June, after three years of uncertainty and a seven-month vigil with Occupy, White's bank agreed to modify her mortgage, allowing her to stay in her home of nine years. In the past two weeks, Occupy Homes MN has won three more home loan modifications, bringing their total number of victories up to six, including White's. And this week, the group hosted a national conference with 48 housing justice activists to discuss the next phase of the movement.

So White decided to again open up her north Minneapolis house to Occupy Homes, this time not to fight, but to celebrate. Yesterday, White and organizers set up a stage, sound tent, potluck and produce stand in her yard, and her family and friends -- plus local and national Occupy participants, fellow homeowners, and a handful of music fans there for performances -- turned out for the festivities. Along with Brother Ali, Sol Ras, I Self Devine, Toki Wright, and Jayanthi took turns on stage.
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Daniel Yang
Brother Ali performs at Monique White's celebration party.
This being an Occupy occasion, party-goers got a dose of the political. Between sets, organizers climbed on stage and asked the crowd how they were going to vote on the marriage amendment and voter I.D. laws. One, Becky Dernbach, read an excerpt from her Dr. Seuss-style children's book, about two "bumbling villains," Freddie and Fannie, who gamble away the savings of the residents of Homesville.

At the back of White's yard, past the stage but before the port-a-potty, was a healthy garden, packed with zucchini, squash, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, and other produce. Back in April, when the future of her property was still uncertain, White decided to plant the garden as a symbol of her commitment to her home.

Last night, she re-affirmed that commitment, as Occupy Homes helped her plant another addition, this time a plum tree.

"I'm kind of overwhelmed," White says. "I expected a lot of people, but I didn't know how huge of a turnout it would be. What it reminds me of is the first day that Occupy came to Occupy my home, just because of the energy and all of the people that are supportive of me."


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swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

It's disappointing that it takes civil disobedience and public scrutiny to force a lender to actually process paperwork, return phone calls, and not use forged and fraudulent paperwork.  It's very sad that our finance system makes it more profitable to foreclose on houses and destroy the underlying asset (not to mention the homeowner and the neighborhood) rather than work out a reasonable resolution to problems which for the most part are not very extreme.

 

What's really discouraging is that we have a Presidential election between one side that wants to reinstate Feudalism (but without the Knights and Ladies), and the other who refuses to prosecute fraud because they want the campaign contributions.

 

Many thanks to Brother Ali for speaking out and bringing along like-minded artists to bring attention to some of these outrages against the middle class.  As the Neo-Feudalists rise, there are fewer and fewer of us working, taxpaying, bill-paying, child-rearing homeowners left in America.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

So is she committed to paying her mortgage on time and in full?

Xenophilius
Xenophilius

Great job, and my love to everyone involved! Your energy is inspirational, and shows what can happen when people stop bickering and start working together. Keep it up!

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Meanwhile the Tea Party makes a difference by eating Chik Fil A sandwhiches while calling the President racial slurs and talking about how much they hate gay people.

jerpo
jerpo

 @MicheleBachmann

 Meanwhile the Occupy Movement is busy hating people that work for a living, shitting on public property, raping people, thinking that because they over-stretched temselves they are entitled to not pay their mortgage, and feeling sorry for themselves.  And support a president that is tied to socialism.  Grow up dumbass. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jerpo Everything you said is stupid and not true.  Exactly what I'd expect of a dumb troll.   Can you please explain what is so bad about socialism?   Socialist countries like Sweden, Norway, and Canada have higher standards of living than the United States.   Public education, Medicare, Social Security, and the military are socialist ideas that have made the United States a rich powerful nation.  Can you name one country that has no socialist policies that is successful?   Please name just one. 

webcelt
webcelt

 @jerpo  @MicheleBachmann And successfully fighting back against the housing crisis that's dragging down our economy. Get your facts straight. Don't worry about your hate, as that seems to be in full working order.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @kenny1 You've accomplished nothing in your life.  You are a racist loser.  You are a stupid coward who comes on the internet and threatens women.  I'll bet you have a tiny shitty apartment and haven't been  on a date in years.  That's why you have such issues with women.  You are nothing but a pathetic racist loser.  Obama will win reelection because no one listens to idiots like you.

kenny1
kenny1

 @MicheleBachmann Actually I have accomplished much more than Obama has.  I pay my bills on time. My house is paid for.  My credit rating hasn't been downgraded.  I do not have massive debt.  And the best part? I do not rely on politicians to think for me, as I can do it very well myself.

 

You on the other hand, are a democrat because you need a government who thinks and does for you because you are not capable of thinking or doing for yourself.  You despise the rich because they accomplished something that you could not.  It must really suck to be you.

 

 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @kenny1 You don't contribute anything but racism and sexism.  Nothing better proves what a racist unAmerican idiot you are than your inability to give Obama credit for killing Bin Laden.  If it was easy, Bush would have done it.  Obama made the call to violate Pakistan's sovereignty to kill Bin Laden, something the Republicans said they wouldn't do.  Its pathetic you let your racism trump your love of the USA.  Everything you type proves what a horrible pathetic stupid person you are.  You can't stand Obama is better than you in everyway.  You will never accomplish 1% of what Obama has accomplished.   Don't breed loser, American needs less stupid racist losers like you. Enjoy 4 more years of Obama idiot.  The Republicans are going to fade into nothingness thanks to a base that consists of losers like you. 

kenny1
kenny1

 @MicheleBachmann GM is alive because half of their vehicles are made in Mexico and Canada.  Do some research, you dumb cunt.  One more thing: Obama did not kill Osama; Our military did.  And since you are a Democunt, you should have been outraged that Bin Laden was killed.  He hated the same thing about America that you do: Capitalism and Wealth.  Osama was the very definition of a Socialist (the type of Government that you supposedly support.) You should be crying your eyes out that Bin Ladin is dead.  He is your hero!!

 

BTW: You really need to lay off the triple bacon cheeseburgers.  Your ass is so big now that a fucking 747 could land on it.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @kenny1 Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive.  Obama is great.  Not surprised a racist idiot like you thinks killing Osama is  not a big deal. 

kenny1
kenny1

 @MicheleBachmann And where has Obama led us?  Yeah, Americans are MUCH better off under Obama's watch.  But then arguing with someone like you is pointless.  After all....you listen to "rap music".

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

 @jerpo I don't need to live in Sweden to know about their standard of living.  Sweden has a high standard of living because they have a strong central government dedicated to improving the lives of their people.  America should strive to be more like socialist countries, not less.  Just because you don't know what socialism means doesn't make it bad, it just makes you an idiot.    You typed all that nonsense and it was nothing but insults.  Stupid fools like you have nothing to back up your points.  Successful countries have strong socialist governments.  Shitty places to live have weak government that doesn't involve itself in people's lives.  Learn a lesson.   You admit every country has socialist policies so stop using it as an insult.   If every country has socialist policies why is it so bad Obama is tied to socialism?  Please name one socialist policy Obama has pushed and how you'd do it different.  Republican idiots like you offer no healthcare plan.  You offer nothing except insults and stupidity.   What does it say about your ideas if they have never worked in the history of the world.  Can you name one country that follows Republican ideas stupid?   America did under Bush and look what it got us.  A recession and no healthcare.  Stupid idiot.   Learn how to debate.   If you don't know how things work you need to shut the fuck up when grown folks is talking. 

jerpo
jerpo

 @MicheleBachmann

 If you wish to live in Sweden, be my guest, as I'm sure you've never actually done any research on it.  If it is such a high standard of living, why are you still here?  Move.  Now.  Go to Canada and see how long you have to wait to get a dr appt.  And when you finally get one, report back on the level of professionalism you recieve.  You only believe that it is a higher standard of living because that is what you hear on NPR.  People that have been successful seem to not want to stay there, as most move out from the country that wants to take everything from them.  But I'm sure you know that.  Do some research before you attempt to sound smart.  If you want to be lead around like the zombie you are, then this president is your answer.  As for the rest of us, I'll gladly choose my own fate.  And speaking of trolls, look in the mirror, as you are the spitting image of one.  Of course every country has socialist policies, we are a society after all.  That's not what I meant, and you know it.  Yes, I should have clarified and for that I apologize.  I'll apologize in person to you when we are in the same gulag after the next 4 years.

webcelt
webcelt

 @jerpo I do have my facts straight, and I suggest you look into what really happened with these mortgages. It's not the simple story you're assuming.

webcelt
webcelt

 @CinBlueland  "Redlining" means marking out the areas inhabited by minorities and refusing to lend there. It's based purely on race not on the individual borrower. The most credit-worthy applicant couldn't get credit. If you think though that the economy collapsed because some low income people got loans they couldn't afford, you really need to look up derivatives. You also need to check which came first, deregulation, or financial practices that caused the financial system to melt down. Given that deregulation legalized the practices that collapsed the financial system, I hope it becomes clear.

jerpo
jerpo

 @webcelt  

 I have never said anything about hating anyone.  You were the one that brought that word up.  I don't hate anyone, I only want everyone to be responsible for their actions.  Including you, including me, everyone.  No one put a gun to these people's heads and forced them to take out a mortgage they knew they could not afford.  Is it the bank's fault, yes.  Is it the consumer's fault? Overwhelmingly yes.  Don't sign up for something you can't afford and know you can't afford.  It's called planning.  You get your facts straight, and tell me who the ultimate blame lies upon. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

 @webcelt By making it worse? Most of those foreclosed on should never have been given a mortgage in the first place.  But when banks "redlined" Frank and Dodd went nuts.. It's unfair! So they told the banks they had to lend, but we'd back them up by buying risk loans through Freddie and Fanny. There would have never been a crisis if the government hadn't gotten involved in the first place.

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