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Occupy Our Homes Protests Focus on Taking Vacant Properties

Yesterday’s Occupy Our Homes demonstration was very successful, with events in over 20 cities. Here’s an example of a “home liberation.”

The operation to occupy a vacant foreclosed home in Brooklyn on behalf of a homeless family from New York City appears to be a success. The front door of the two-story brick house on Vermont Street apparently was unlocked when the marchers arrived.

Alfredo Carrasquillo, the father of the homeless family, thanked the marchers for at least temporarily providing them with a home.

“I appreciate every one of you,” he said. “This is just the beginning; there’s still a lot of work to do. I hope that all of you will be here as that work continues.”

He then entered the home with his wife, Natasha, and two kids. Members of the media were not allowed inside.

The cops actually escorted the demonstration to the home, and then laid back as they took over the vacant property. And this was a feature of several home liberations yesterday.

There are more stories at the Occupy Our Homes website. Additionally, you can read about and view video from protests in San Francisco, Atlanta, Oakland, and Chicago. Kevin Gosztola has more.

This was already happening. The organization Springfield No One Leaves in Massachusetts was an early adopter of the foreclosure defense practice. But I think yesterday’s protests lit a spark. This is about taking the homes back that banks stole from the public. It also brings communities together in solidarity against an illegal, unfair process that robs communities of not only homes but of cohesiveness.

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