In 2008, we discovered bankers and speculators 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. Occupy Our Homes has taken direct action to handle this issue through eviction defense. In Minnesota they have recently been able to help several people keep their homes and force banks to give loan re modifications. Allying themselves with local affinity groups they have done an exceptional job of finding people the bank has used unscrupulous tactics to illegally evict and working with them to keep their homes. On this Skill Share we are joined by Anthony Newby an organizer with Occupy Our Homes in Minnesota.
Anthony has been instrumental in the efforts in to save homes in Minnesota, coordinating with Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. Many in the Occupy Movement concerned with foreclosure look to them to replicate their success. Anthony, a big part of the effort to generate media attention around the issue, will discuss what Occupy Our Homes has done in Minnesota around Homeowner/Neighborhood Outreach, Media and Messaging, Home Defense and Movement Building.
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