Thursday, December 15, 2011

Media: Round up of Coverage of #D6 National Day of Action

Here is a round up of the news coverage of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign's participation in the December 6th National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures:

     The Rachel Maddow Show, The Personal Side of 'Occupy'

     First Business News, "Occupy" in Homes

     Free Speech TV, Re-Claiming Foreclosed Homes

     Chicago News Tips, Occupying Foreclosures 

     We the People Media, Occupiers, Officials, Try to Help Homeowners

Also, for ongoing coverage of the nationwide efforts to stop evictions and foreclosures, log onto Occupy Our Homes.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On #D6, Cleaning up and Repairing a Vacant home for Homeless Families

On December 6th, the National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures, the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign unveiled the work that is being done on a vacant, single-family home that was abandoned by the owner after repeated attempts to negotiate a loan modification with her lender, J.P. Morgan Chase bank. In the ensuing months, this "walk away" home was vandalized, sprayed with grafitti, and stripped of its pipes, sinks, and heating units. With permission from the owner, the house has been cleaned up and will be used to house a single mother, a grandmother, and a college student, all currently homeless.

The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, Occupy the Hood Chicago, Occupy Chicago and a crew from the neighborhood work to fix up an abandoned home for a homeless family.

The next door neighbor speaks with JR Fleming about the ensuing problems connected with abandoned properties and thanks CAEC for their work.on the December 6th National Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures. 

The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign along with members of Occupy Chicago, Occupy the Hood Chicago, Occupy Altgeld, Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP), Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), Take Back the Land Madison, Operation Welcome Home, the Mental Health Movement, and others talk to the media about the December 6th national Day of Action to Stop and Reverse Foreclosures.

...Talking about what moving into this house would mean to her and for taking back control of our neighborhoods.

...Sharing some of the history of this house and the importance of putting homeless people in vacant and foreclosed properties. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

With "Homes for the Holidays," local activists reclaim South Side “Walk Away” Home for Homeless Families

When: Tues, Dec 6, 2011, 3:30 p.m.

What: Rally and Press Conference in support of Homeless Families who will be moving into building left vacant after Mortgage Modification denials.

Where: 8730 S. Throop St., Chicago, IL 60620

Four months ago, Cook County Sheriff’s officers evicted Shirley Henderson and her grandchildren at gunpoint from their Dolton, IL home after Accredited Home Lenders foreclosed on her. Since then, she had been homeless, staying with friends and at the local shelter. But on Tuesday she will be unveiling a home she has reclaimed with the help of activists from the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign (CAEC) and Occupy the Hood Chicago (OTHC).

“Why must anyone have to live in a shelter or on the street or in their car, when there are vacant homes or homes that they are currently living in available for them to continue to live in,” asked Shirley Henderson. “What society wants to put their subjects out on the street?”

Media: Occupy Homes: Protesters Target Foreclosures on Dec. 6 'Day of Action'

By Roland Li | December 5, 2011 8:26 PM EST  | International Business Times
Occupy Homes, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, will protest in foreclosed and vacant properties in around 25 U.S. cities, on Tuesday's "Day of Action," promoting what organizers call the "basic human right of housing." 
Along with Occupy Wall Street protesters, the movement will bring together affordable housing activists, tenant groups, homeless advocates and other civic groups, who will march on one of the most visible legacies of the economic crisis.
Despite recent modest gains in employment, the national housing markets remains bleak. Home prices have descended steadily downward throughout the year, according to the Case-Shiller Housing Index, while nearly a quarter of U.S. homes have underwater mortgages, according to CoreLogic.
"I think it's a natural evolution," Max Rameau of Take Back the Land, one of the national organizers, told International Business Times. 

Solidarity: Help Maria Save Her Home

Maria Dolores Calvillo, who lives at 7250 N. Claremont in Chicago, has asked IndyMac/OneWest Bank to work with her numerous times, but has gotten only obfuscation and unresponsivenesss in return. Call bank lawyers Pierce and Associates at 312-346-9088. Press 3, then press 5, then 3. Tell them to work with Maria Dolores Calvillo instead of auctioning off her home. Leave a message if no one picks up.
Ms. Calvillo has sought the support of housing organizations and did as she was asked in order to apply for a loan modification. Her home, however, is scheduled to go to auction Dec. 5. If it does, Calvillo, her daughter-in-law and her two grandchildren will be kicked out. She has ultimately decided to speak out against foreclosures and evictions this holiday season, and she’s not alone.
Although she earlier fell behind on mortgage payments, “Now, I am the owner and director of a day care center. I can pay,” Calvillo says. “I’m not hiding. I’m not running away. I want to keep my home.”
Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, along with supporters of Calvillo have launched a call-in campaign, asking her banks’ lawyers to work with the families this holiday season instead of going after them.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Help us take back this Home!!!!!

We need volunteers! We are currently taking over a foreclosed property at 8730 S. Throop and we need to get it cleaned up and repaired for the December 6, 2011 "Home for the holidays." 

We will be moving a homeless woman and her young daughter into this home. Please come on December 4th and 5th at 12:30pm. Bring any tools/supplies that you think would be beneficial. And please spread this around. It is time to move homeless people into peopless housing. Let's take back our communities!!!!

Thank you.

Solidarity: Occupy our Homes in Chicago - Dec 6th Day of Action Against Foreclosures

10am @ the Southwest corner of Riis Park, the corner of Narragansett ave and Fullerton ave to meet before going to an 11am press conference and housewarming event for a family that has taken over a vacant, foreclosed building in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood. Ineligible for rental assistance, this family has finally found a home of their own in one of the 174,000 vacant homes in Chicago. 

Sabrina (english) 815.243.1984

Chris (english) 847.226.5302

Lily (espanol) 773.759.2155

Silvia (espanol) 773.664.2878

11am @ 4943 W. Van Buren st, a vacant, bank-owned that the South Austin Coalition (SACC) will be cleaning and boarding up. This action will be done in conjunction with staff, students, and parents of the nearby May Elementary school, who have complained for months about the dangers posed by this vacant home. Unable to get the city or the owner, Citibank, to take responsibility for properly maintaining the building, elementary school students, staff and parents will work with community activists to clean it up before determining it how it can best serve as a community asset.

For more information:

South Austin Community Coalition (SACC)

Elce (english) 312.213.3989

SACC office (english) 773-287-4570

3:30pm @ 8730 S. Throop st, a vacant, single-family home that was abandoned by the owner after repeated attempts to negotiate a loan modification with her lender, J.P. Morgan Chase bank. In the ensuing months, this "walk away" home was vandalized, sprayed with grafitti, and stripped of its pipes, sinks, and heating units. With permission from the owner, the house has been cleaned up and will be used to house a single mother, a grandmother, and a college student, all currently homeless. 

For more information:

Shirley (english) 312.907.3961

Toussaint (english) 773.287.7228

Home for the Holidays/National day of action home prep for dec 6

Today 1230 pm
8730 s throop chicago illinois
become a part of history as we liberate and prepare a house for another single parent
call 312 803 7304 for more details bring any itemes that will help clean and beautify
this home for the homeless

Friday, December 2, 2011

Occupy The Hood Chicago & The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign Begin Their “Warm-Up” For “Home For The Holidays” Actions Against Bank Foreclosures & Illegal Evictions

When: Friday, December 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

What: Press conference by Occupy The Hood Chicago & the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign regarding     
          recent take-over of bank-foreclosure home and details of next week's actions to reclaim abandoned  
Where: 11651 S. Artesian Avenue (near Western Avenue), Chicago IL. 

Contact: Loren Taylor (773) 750-6909

Occupy The Hood Chicago (OTHC) and the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign (CAEC) will hold a press conference Friday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. to talk about efforts to fight the bank foreclosure and tenant eviction of a home on Chicago's Southwest side.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Media: Groups Aim to Seize Foreclosed Homes in Holiday Protest

Willie J.R. Fleming, co-founder of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign, conducts a training session for a planned campaign to break into bank-owned foreclosed homes and turn them over to homeless families. Paul Beaty for the Chicago News Cooperative
by DON TERRY - Dec 1, 2011 - Chicago News Cooperative

Even if the winds of winter blow the Occupy Chicago protesters and percussionists off the corner of LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard, civil disobedience is not going into hibernation.

A coalition of community organizations, including Occupy Chicago and Occupy the Hood Chicago have been holding training sessions in recent days to prepare for a “homes for the holiday” campaign to find housing for poor women and children.

The groups plan to break into and rehab vacant bank-owned foreclosed homes throughout the city and hand them over to homeless families in a series of news conferences and “house warming’’ events on Dec. 6.