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Occupy Grand Rapids announces their willingness to be in solidarity with those facing foreclosure

March 11, 2012

On Friday, Occupy Grand Rapids announced that they were ready to work with people who were facing home foreclosures.

In a Media Release, the group states:

Occupy Our Homes is ready to resist foreclosures with homeowners and families who are ready to fight back. This is a national movement of people like you and me, who support homeowners and families who stand up to the banks and fight for their homes. We stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall St.

If you are facing foreclosure or eviction, and you are ready to fight… We want to work with you. Maybe you’re looking to negotiate with the bank, maybe you just need more time before you move out, maybe you need to get a loan modification. Maybe you’re the victim of foreclosure fraud. We are here to work with you and to help you save your home.

What is Foreclosure Defense? What is Eviction Resistance? 

These are a range of tactics that can be used to defend your home, everything from contacting the bank and suing for fraud to inviting us to occupy your yard and physically blocking an eviction attempt. Occupy Our Homes – GR can help with foreclosure defense and eviction resistance. We work together with you to come up with a plan of action. We can stand up, with you, against eviction. Everyone’s situation is different, so the strategy we come up with has to fit your needs.

Housing is a right, not a privilege.

Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head and a place to call home. Millions of Americans have worked hard for years for the opportunity to own their own home; for others, it remains a distant goal. For all of us, having a decent place to live for ourselves and our families is the most fundamental part of the American dream, a source of security and pride.

In 2008, we discovered bankers had been gambling with our most valuable asset, our homes… betting against us and destroying trillions of dollars of our wealth. Now, because of the foreclosure crisis Wall Street banks created with their lies and greed, millions of Americans have lost their homes, and one in four homeowners are currently underwater on their mortgage.

The Occupy Wall Street movement and brave homeowners around the country are coming together to say, “Enough is enough.” We, the 99%, are standing up to Wall Street banks and demanding they negotiate with homeowners instead of evicting them.”

Occupy Grand Rapids is open to working with anyone who genuinely wants to fight housing foreclosures and the financial system at the root of this economic and housing crisis. The group can be reached by phone (616) 805-9023, e-mail homes@occupygr.org or occupygr.org/homes.

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