The OLB and Occupy Chicago teamed up to take an “OCCUPY OUR HOMES” message to Grant Park in Chicago to help raise awareness of the growing home defense movement.
Chicago, IL - 14.5 million homes and an even greater number of families have been unjustly forced from their homes since the beginning of the financial meltdown (2007). Banks have used unethical (robo-signers) and draconian methods (predatory lending) to rip families from their homes exacerbating an already dire housing market. The fight-back against these ruthless practices has begun, led by the Occupy Wall Street Movement (Occupy Our Homes). Occupy Chicago and the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB) took part in a joint action Monday night to raise awareness of the backlash against these unethical institutions, who have unfairly profited on the backs of American families.
The OLB and Occupy Chicago took this message to Grant Park, where a year earlier Occupy Chicago’s Occupation was illegally evicted.
On the one-year anniversary of Occupy Chicago‘s illegal eviction from Grant Park (which the city of Chicago recently lost in court) provided an opportunity for Chicago Occupiers to organize an anti-eviction and foreclosure rally and march (From Tents to Homes) to the very site where the illegal arrests and encampment eviction occurred (Grant Park). Occupiers and the OLB met on the corner of Lasalle and Jackson street (Bank of America Center) before marching an “OCCUPY OUR HOMES” message through the streets of downtown Chicago. The marchers and message arrived at “The Horse” statue at Grant Park where a speak-out took place against this mass robbery by the banks. Watch the video below to see some of the highlights from this powerful action meant to raise greater awareness of the growing home defense movement.
Occupy Our Homes from Occupy Riverwest on Vimeo.
Marching the “OCCUPY OUR HOMES” message through downtown Chicago to Grant Park.
Here is the link to the movie produced by Occupy Riverwest for occupyriverwest.com on the Abandoned and Foreclosed Banner Drop event put on by the Coalition as part of the “Take The Hood Back” Housing Initiative.
Group shot of some of the Occupy Coalition members at the completion of their action.
Occupy Coalition cleans up mess left behind by banks and politicians and places it prominently on the yard of a foreclosed, dilapidated, and boarded up property with sign for all to see.
Milwaukee, WI – The Occupy Coalition (A Milwaukee based Occupy Wall Street Coalition of groups made up of members from Occupy The Hood, Occupy Riverwest, Occupy Milwaukee, and Decolonize The Hood) met today on the corner of 20th Street and Meinecke Street to begin the process of cleaning up the mess left by banks and politicians in their neighborhoods.
The group spent several hours filling garbage bags with the message “Dump the Banks” stenciled on the them. After only two hours the group amassed piles of garbage bags which were then strategically placed on a foreclosed property located prominently on a corner for all to see. A sign that read “Banks and Politicians Made This Mess” was then placed on the foreclosed property’s boarded up front door. The foreclosed home, chosen by the Occupy Coalition for their demonstration, is riddled with broken windows and clearly is an eyesore for neighborhood residents.
The dilapidated foreclosed home the Occupy Coalition chose for their demonstration.
Following the completion of the trash clean-up, the Coalition then conducted a press conference for media present explaining why they had taken the actions they did. The Occupy Coalition indicted banks and politicians for creating the foreclosure crisis that exists in neighborhoods across Milwaukee and the United States. They also voiced their displeasure with the banks and politicians for fostering an unjust system that allows neighborhoods to be completely left behind like the one chosen for their demonstration. The group has demanded a more equitable dispersal of community block grant funds as well as a call for a Moratorium on all foreclosures across the country.
The group has plans to do more of the neighborhood trash clean-ups as part of a broader escalating campaign that shines the light of justice on those responsible for creating the situation that our neighborhoods find themselves in today.
A group shot of some of the members present for the trash clean-up action.
- The sign hung by the Occupy Coalition on the foreclosed property where the garbage bags filled from the trash clean-up were also left.
This sign was also placed on the foreclosed property by Coalition members.
Another group shot (Photo courtesy of WI Bail Out The People Movement)
The Coalition created bags for the trash pick-up (Photo courtesy of WI Bail Out The People Movement).
Occupy Coalition members cleaning up the mess left behind by banks and politicians (Photo courtesy of WI Bail Out The People Movement).