After occupying streets and parks in various parts of the country, Occupy Wall Street activists plan their next move: occupying foreclosures.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Occupy Oakland activists met this week to discuss not whether to occupy empty homes, but when and how to do it. One strategy the group is considering is contacting people who lost their houses to foreclosure and having them move back into the properties. Prior to the Occupy movement, there were some isolated cases in which homeowners who had been evicted moved back into their former homes months after the lender had taken title to the properties.
Calls urging protesters to occupy vacant homes have been circulating on Twitter, and members of the Occupy movement in various parts of the country have begun to respond.
"This home is occupied," reads the sign members of the Occupy Atlanta group have put in front of a house in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood. According to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the group showed up at the house after a family of five was told that they would be evicted from their foreclosed house.
Last week, members of the Occupy Oakland group attempted to take over an empty building. The occupation led to more than 100 arrests, the Chronicle reports. Oakland city officials say occupation of vacant properties is illegal and will not be tolerated, the paper reports.
I'm interested in hearing what you think about this movement. Do you think occupying foreclosures is justifiable? Will it do anything to solve the foreclosure crisis or simply cause chaos?
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