*they have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
When individuals face foreclosure and eviction they may choose to engage in direct action that directly takes a stand against the banks and unjust foreclosure/eviction system. OccupyMN supports and stands in solidarity with individual initiatives to reclaim shelter when faced with homelessness.
Occupy Minneapolis helped blossom one of the most successful movements against the foreclosure process in the state of Minnesota. Our collective has extended solidarity to the efforts of the anti-foreclosure movement and encourages individuals at-risk of loosing their homes to build a support network and campaign for the saving of their homes.
We advise that individuals that begin campaigning seek legal assistance from organizations such as the ACLU, NLG, or other legal representatives prior to engaging in direct action.
Why did Occupy Minneapolis cut ties with “Occupy Homes MN” and what did that mean?
On March 20th, 2013 the content creators for Occupy Minneapolis released a statement in regards to the non-profit organization known as “Occupy Homes MN”. We still continue to actively support their efforts and the efforts of the movement in regards to the anti-foreclosure movement today:
As the content creators on the OccupyMN Facebook page & Twitter, we can no longer share a content process & resources with Occupy Homes MN effective immediately. While it is laudable to work on housing issues, we cannot reconcile a working process with this commercialized group any further.
We are in a unique position where we must Block our further participation in a feedback loop of public promotion & private stipends, message shaping and fundraising. Since, unlike any other known “occupy” group, Occupy Homes MN demands cash payment for what was once an egalitarian participation process, there is no way we can resolve our differences under those terms.
Many of us helped create, volunteered with and were arrested with Occupy Homes, until unethical tactics serving the goal of evolution into a profitable Non-Governmental Organization achieved dominance. We are sorry that our pages have not been able to be used to defend our friends and discuss the truth about these harmful hierarchical tactics, including censorship & banning volunteers from the listserv for speaking out.
Additionally, we can not work with or accept messages that promote classist attacks on the most vulnerable in our society such as the chemically dependent homeless who were attacked as “drug house” rot in recent PR campaign material.
We wish them well, but we must have our own space which does not operate on a commercially oriented basis.
Occupy Homes Resource Kit:
This page includes guides for defending your own home from your bank, identifying and organizing at-risk homeowners, a basic explanation of the foreclosure crisis, and visual resources to use in support of Occupy Homes actions.
We believe that individuals can take the initiative to organize locally, by reaching out to their neighborhoods & local communities! If you begin campaigning please connect with us so we can stay updated!