Occupied! VOCAL family reclaims vacant home from Bank of America with #OWS

“This is the community fighting back and I’m willing to take any consequences that come with that because I feel the real criminals are Wall Street and the big banks that are taking these homes and leaving families homeless” – VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo on WNYC.

In a bold new phase for the 99% movement, a vacant home in the center of New York City’s foreclosure crisis was reclaimed yesterday for a homeless family from VOCAL by Occupy Wall Street and other allies, who pledged to stay with the family and defend them from eviction.  The Occupy Our Homes campaign was launched during a nationwide day of action yesterday.

Media coverage included:

Newsweek/Daily Beast: Occupy Our Homes: Wall Street Protests’ New Frontier

MSNBC posted a series of updates throughout the day, including here and here (view all updates here)

USA TodayOccupy group aims to move people into foreclosed homes

New York Daily NewsHomeless activist Alfredo Carrasquillo occupies foreclosed East New York house

New York PostProtesters help family Occupy foreclosed home and Occupiers home free

Bloomberg BusinessWeekOccupy Movement Targets Home Evictions in U.S. Day of Action

AlterNet: Occupy Our Homes: From the Streets to Foreclosed Homes, OWS Finds a New Frontier

New York TimesOccupy Protesters Move Indoors to Fight Home Foreclosures (w/ video from action), Foreclosed in Brooklyn: House Repairs as Protest and An Occupation Grows in Brooklyn (also w/ video)

CBS News/Associated Press: NYC protesters target housing crisis

ABC NewsOccupy Wall Street comes to Brooklyn (w/ video of VOCAL’s Wayne Starks)

Village VoiceOccupy Wall Street Re-Occupies Foreclosed Home in East New York: A Report From the Scene

Gothamist: Homeless Family Occupying Foreclosed Brooklyn Home: NYC Is More Than Just Manhattan

In These TimesHundreds Occupy East New York To Reclaim Homes

TruthOut: Families Join the Occupy Movement as the 99 Percent Takes On the Housing Crisis

Raw Story: Bank’s leaked email admits ‘Occupy’ movement ‘could impact our industry’ and ‘Occupy’ protesters reclaiming foreclosed homes in 20 cities

Homelessness in New York City is at a record high. More people are living in the shelter system than ever before and there has been a 45% jump in family homelessness under Bloomberg.  At the same time, there are scores of vacant bank-owned homes around the City that could be turned over to homeless families.

Later today, NYC City Council Members will be joining us to call on Wall Street banks to halt foreclosures and turn over vacant and abandoned homes to community organizations for affordable housing.

Neighbors from the East New York community, along with New York Communities for Change (NYCC), Organizing for Occupation, Picture the Homeless and VOCAL-NY joined the Occupy Wall Street movement in organizing this action.

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