Hundreds protest Haiti government plan to destroy homes
June 25, 2012
More than 1,000 Haitians marched through the Caribbean nation’s capital Monday to protest a reported plan to destroy their hillside shanties for a flood-control project before they have found better, more permanent dwellings in the wake of a devastating earthquake. Police fired tear gas in an attempt to control the protesters, some of whom threw rocks.
The demonstrators snaked through the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area chanting threats to burn down the relatively affluent district if the authorities flatten their homes.
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Hundreds protest Haiti government plan to destroy homes

June 25, 2012

More than 1,000 Haitians marched through the Caribbean nation’s capital Monday to protest a reported plan to destroy their hillside shanties for a flood-control project before they have found better, more permanent dwellings in the wake of a devastating earthquake. Police fired tear gas in an attempt to control the protesters, some of whom threw rocks.

The demonstrators snaked through the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area chanting threats to burn down the relatively affluent district if the authorities flatten their homes.

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Brother Ali Arrested for Civil Disobedience
Brother Ali was among 13 protesters arrested in South Minneapolis last night. Ali’s act of civil disobedience was part of an ongoing occupation of a foreclosed home in South Minneapolis, and occurred as over 125 people rallied in support of a family fighting against a bank error to keep their home.
According to Occupy activists and witnesses, Ali was the first to willingly cross police lines and be arrested last night for trespassing on the foreclosed property, and was one of the only protesters to be arrested without making a public statement. Instead, Ali remained silent and stoic as police placed him in handcuffs.
"We made sure anyone who was considering potentially getting arrested had thought it over and prepared something they wanted to say, as to why they were willing to step across a police line and be arrested for this family, this house, this case," said Occupy Homes MN organizer Ben Egerman. "And so one after another, people did this. They stepped in front of a crowd of about 125 supporters and said what it was that had them there, you know, basically saying ‘I’m going to be arrested today.’ And the first of them was Brother Ali. He decided that he would rather be silent."
Egerman says Ali has been interested in the Occupy Homes cause for the past few months. “I think one thing I’ve been really impressed by is he has really stressed that he wants to be a part of the movement as a participant, not just as an artist,” Egerman says. “I’ve really been impressed that, when push comes to shove, Ali is there because he wants to participate.”
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Hear one of Brother Ali’s more politically charged songs - Uncle Sam Goddamn

Brother Ali Arrested for Civil Disobedience

Brother Ali was among 13 protesters arrested in South Minneapolis last night. Ali’s act of civil disobedience was part of an ongoing occupation of a foreclosed home in South Minneapolis, and occurred as over 125 people rallied in support of a family fighting against a bank error to keep their home.

According to Occupy activists and witnesses, Ali was the first to willingly cross police lines and be arrested last night for trespassing on the foreclosed property, and was one of the only protesters to be arrested without making a public statement. Instead, Ali remained silent and stoic as police placed him in handcuffs.

"We made sure anyone who was considering potentially getting arrested had thought it over and prepared something they wanted to say, as to why they were willing to step across a police line and be arrested for this family, this house, this case," said Occupy Homes MN organizer Ben Egerman. "And so one after another, people did this. They stepped in front of a crowd of about 125 supporters and said what it was that had them there, you know, basically saying ‘I’m going to be arrested today.’ And the first of them was Brother Ali. He decided that he would rather be silent."

Egerman says Ali has been interested in the Occupy Homes cause for the past few months. “I think one thing I’ve been really impressed by is he has really stressed that he wants to be a part of the movement as a participant, not just as an artist,” Egerman says. “I’ve really been impressed that, when push comes to shove, Ali is there because he wants to participate.”

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Hear one of Brother Ali’s more politically charged songs - Uncle Sam Goddamn

Around 6:30 a.m. this morning a large balloon banner reading “Evictions Stop Here” was deployed above the embattled home of the Cruz family as 15 supporters of the Cruz family began an occupation of the rooftop in protest of the family’s unjust foreclosure. By 8:30am two were cut out of a lockbox device with an electric saw, handcuffed, taken down a ladder and arrested for trespassing. The action kicks off a national day of action in 18 cities demanding PNC Bank negotiate with the family to allow them to return to their home. - Occupy Homes

Around 6:30 a.m. this morning a large balloon banner reading “Evictions Stop Here” was deployed above the embattled home of the Cruz family as 15 supporters of the Cruz family began an occupation of the rooftop in protest of the family’s unjust foreclosure. By 8:30am two were cut out of a lockbox device with an electric saw, handcuffed, taken down a ladder and arrested for trespassing. The action kicks off a national day of action in 18 cities demanding PNC Bank negotiate with the family to allow them to return to their home. - Occupy Homes

14 Occupiers arrested trying to save a house from foreclosure May 31, 2012
In the latest incident in an ongoing showdown, officers violently arrested occupiers peacefully defending the Cruz family home from foreclosure Wednesday night. Fourteen were arrested defending 4044 Cedar Avenue Wednesday night, only 24 hours after Mayor Rybak’s office, facing mounting public pressure, issued a news release declaring “the City is not in the foreclosure business.” In the statement, City Attorney Susan Segal is quoted saying “The City plays a limited role to protect public safety. The property is the responsibility of its owner… In this case, the City has fulfilled its legal obligation to secure the property.”


“We hoped Mayor Rybak would stick to his word, but today’s police violence shows Rybak and his police protect and serve the banks, not our communities,” said Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, an organizer with Occupy Homes MN and representative of the Cruz family.


The 14 arrests Wednesday at the Cruz home bring this week’s total to 23 during 5 eviction attempts.
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14 Occupiers arrested trying to save a house from foreclosure 
May 31, 2012

In the latest incident in an ongoing showdown, officers violently arrested occupiers peacefully defending the Cruz family home from foreclosure Wednesday night. Fourteen were arrested defending 4044 Cedar Avenue Wednesday night, only 24 hours after Mayor Rybak’s office, facing mounting public pressure, issued a news release declaring “the City is not in the foreclosure business.” In the statement, City Attorney Susan Segal is quoted saying “The City plays a limited role to protect public safety. The property is the responsibility of its owner… In this case, the City has fulfilled its legal obligation to secure the property.”
“We hoped Mayor Rybak would stick to his word, but today’s police violence shows Rybak and his police protect and serve the banks, not our communities,” said Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, an organizer with Occupy Homes MN and representative of the Cruz family.

The 14 arrests Wednesday at the Cruz home bring this week’s total to 23 during 5 eviction attempts.

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An Occupy Oakland protestor moves a tent into place at a new encampment at a foreclosed property on November 22, 2011 in Oakland, California. About a dozen Occupy Oakland protestors set up an encampment on the grassy area of a foreclosed property after Oakland police shut down three different Occupy encampments over the past week, including the biggest one - at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall.(Source)

Already we can see how the Occupy Movement is evolving. First occupying Zuccotti, it caught fire in other cities across the country then across the world. After evictions & brutality, it’s now working at a more local level to the solve problems caused by corporate greed. Occupy Homes is another step toward the activism the movement has sparked. 

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An Occupy Oakland protestor moves a tent into place at a new encampment at a foreclosed property on November 22, 2011 in Oakland, California. About a dozen Occupy Oakland protestors set up an encampment on the grassy area of a foreclosed property after Oakland police shut down three different Occupy encampments over the past week, including the biggest one - at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall.

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Already we can see how the Occupy Movement is evolving. First occupying Zuccotti, it caught fire in other cities across the country then across the world. After evictions & brutality, it’s now working at a more local level to the solve problems caused by corporate greed. Occupy Homes is another step toward the activism the movement has sparked. 

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Occupy Our Homes - Join us December 6th for the national launch of Occupy Our Homes. For more info, visit OccupyOurHomes.org. 


To share your story, visit HousingisaHumanRight.org or call toll-free (888) 955-6653.

On December 6th Occupy Wall Street will join in solidarity with a Brooklyn community to re-occupy a foreclosed home. The day of action marks a national kick-off for a new frontier for the occupy movement: the liberation of vacant bank-owned homes for those in need. The banks got bailed out, but our families are getting kicked out. The fight to reclaim democracy from the banks is growing from Wall Street to Main Street.

The NYC foreclosure tour and home re-occupation is part of a big national day of action on Dec. 6 that will focus on the foreclosure crisis and protest fraudulent lending practices, corrupt securitization, and illegal evictions by banks. The Occupy movement actions, including eviction defense at foreclosed properties, takeovers of vacant properties by homeless families, and foreclosure action disruptions, will take place in more than 25 cities across the country.

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