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Tuesday, Dec. 6, National Campaign to reclaim houses

Communities across America will take direct action on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to challenge Wall Street profiteering that has created a housing crisis for millions of families.

Actions in Dozens of Cities Spotlight How Wall Street Crashed the Economy, Drove Families from Homes, and Ripped Off Communities.

Supporters Will “Reclaim” Vacant Houses and Engage in “Home Defense” to Keep Families in Foreclosed Homes

Actions will include “reclaiming” houses that banks are leaving vacant and “home defense” to stop banks from foreclosing and profiting further from the economic crash they created.

Cities where direct action will be taken include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Portland (OR), and many more.

Homeowners and renters facing foreclosure-related evictions will be backed by thousands of local supporters and a national network of organizations such as The New Bottom Line and its local affiliates; ReFund California; New York Communities for Change; Occupy Wall Street; Take Back the Land; and SOUL (Chicago).

These actions build on a number of recent successes  in community resistance to foreclosures and evictions.

The national Occupy Our Homes  campaign challenges a deliberate Wall Street strategy that has made billions for those at the top while devastating the 99%:

  • Banks created a housing bubble,  deliberately designing predatory loans with balloon payments, variable rates, and other features that would yield short-term profits while preying on families least able to pay.
  • They knew  that many of these loans could not be repaid,  but they didn’t care because they planned to package and re-sell the mortgages to investors who then were left holding the bag.
  • The economy crashed as a result of this bank-created house of cards,  putting tens of millions of Americans out of work. Unemployment is overwhelmingly the primary cause  of foreclosures, not over-extended consumers.
  • More than 6 million Americans have lost their homes,  often through illegal foreclosures, and another 5 million are at risk. Many homeowners were told that if they stopped making payments, they could qualify for a lower rate. When they did so, the banks put them in default and initiated foreclosure.
  • The 99% bailed out Wall Street, while Wall Street bailed on our communities , taking our money for outrageous executive salaries and bonuses and massive profits. We gave Wall Street $700 billion in taxpayer money through TARP, and another $7.7 trillion in nearly interest-free loans of taxpayer money through the Federal Reserve. Bank profits in the third quarter of 2011 were more than $35 billion – higher than they were before the crash.  
  • The bank-induced crash devastated home values and life savings for all homeowners.  
  • Yet, the banks claim that they should be able to collect mortgage payments based on the value of homes before  the crash they caused, rather than current value.  At least one in four homeowners is now “underwater” – meaning the bank wants them to make payments on a higher mortgage than what the house is worth.
  • Wall Street is draining hundreds of billions of dollars from communities  by demanding artificially inflated mortgage payments -- money that is needed to support local jobs and small businesses – and get the economy working again for the 99%.


Please contact us if you would like to be kept informed as Occupy Our Homes actions unfold.

Contact: Andy McDonald, 202-256-5990, andy@berlinrosen.com

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