"Occupy Wall Street" Assist Blacks, Latinos in Foreclosure Fight
1 year ago
Occupy groups believe foreclosures is a message they can unify many on
One of the activist groups' standout moments protesting the foreclosure and eviction of Americans came in Miami with their defense of 83-year-old Mercedes Robinson-Duvallon.
Sheriffs deputies tried to evict Duvallon who gets around in a wheelchair from a property she's lived in since 1966. A year ago, her property defaulted into foreclosure after she couldn't meet a loan payment.
The Occupy Fort Lauderdale group decided to take over her lawn, protest the eviction and the sheriff's deputies eventually let her stay.
"I owe the Occupy people," said Robinson-Duvallon, who is now challenging the eviction in court. "This has all been so horrible, I can't tell you how many times I've cried and cried."
The movement has not only broadened their reach into an area of the American economic problem that affects many Americans, but it also gives the group a more diverse feel as many Latinos and blacks have been affected by the housing crisis.
Eleven states now have groups from coast to coast that have taken up foreclosure fights through rallies, home occupations and court appearances.
Cheryl Aichele of Occupy Los Angeles said activists there have helped a dozen homeowners thus far and have many more requests.
"This cause," she said, "brings together everything that we are fighting against -- corporate greed, bank bail outs, a corrupt judiciary and corrupt government."
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