Occupy movement's next stop? Foreclosed homes.
After being evicted from parks and public spaces, the Occupy movement is set to move into foreclosed homes.
Organizers said Tuesday that they plan to help families across America fight foreclosure and eviction next week by "occupying" those properties. Some of the families will be moving back into their vacant properties, while others will resist eviction, said Peter Kuhns, an organizer with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, which is organizing some of the actions in Southern California.
“The original intent of Occupy Wall Street was to protest the excess of the big banks and Wall Street banks, so it seems like a pretty natural step for people to protest foreclosed properties,” Kuhns said. “Foreclosures are one of the biggest aspects of the economic crisis created by Wall Street bankers.”
Protesters also plan to disrupt foreclosure auctions across the country, where troubled homes are sold to investors and other cash buyers or repossessed by lenders. A website for the actions has been created, detailing in videos the histories of some homeowners facing foreclosure.
More than 30 foreclosed properties will be declared as "occupied" Tuesday, Kuhns said.
At least two of the homes will be in Southern California -- one in Los Angeles County and another in the Inland Empire, Kuhns said.
This is not the first incident of homeowners resisting foreclosure led by the group. Rose Gudiel, a homeowner in La Puente, refused to leave her property in September despite an eviction order, insisting she qualified for a loan modification. She ultimately won that modification.
— Alejandro Lazo
Photo: Rose Gudiel, who purchased a home in 2005 in La Puente, fought eviction with family members. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times