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Occupy Our Homes protesters to 'reclaim' foreclosed homes

December 6, 2011 | 10:26 am

Occupy home foreclosures
As a part of a nationwide protest Tuesday against home foreclosures, the Occupy Our Homes campaign plans to "reclaim" two Southern California residences as a show of resistance against banks.

Organizers said they would take over two homes -- one in Riverside, the other in South Gate -- where the owners have struggled to negotiate with mortgage lenders.

In South Gate, they plan to take over the home of Ana Casas Wilson, where she has lived since 1975 and now lives with her husband, mother and 17-year-old son.

The home was refinanced in 1990 to make repairs. Organizers say the family has been making payments on the mortgage, which it tried to modify, but the bank has stopped accepting its payments.

The home in Riverside was foreclosed on after the owner -- a longtime factory supervisor -- was denied a loan modification. With the help of protesters, the family will move their furniture back into the now-vacant home and "take back" the house.

Similar protests will take place Tuesday in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and other cities across the country.

The Southern California protest has been organized by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and other advocacy groups nationwide.


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Photo: Brendan Hainer joins other Occupy L.A. members trying to disrupt a home foreclosure auction Friday outside the Norwalk courthouse. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times.