Take Back the Land | Rochester liberates home, moves Lennon back into house
Well, she is back in…
It’s not a sit-in, It’s a Live-in:
On May 9, 2011, after more than a month living in a hotel, Take Back the Land- Rochester helped move Catherine Lennon back into the Rochester home from which she was evicted on March 28. This is not a “sit-in” like in the 1960s, but a “live-in” in pursuit of the human right to housing.
Catherine Lennon, the Rochester, NY grandmother who was evicted from her home by a SWAT team , has been moved back into her home on Monday May 9, 2011 by Take Back the Land- Rochester.
After her husband died of cancer in 2008, the Lennon family fell behind on her mortgage. Attempts to renegotiate the mortgage were stonewalled by Fannie Mae, Catherine Lennon made local and national news by defending her home from eviction for two weeks with help from neighbors and Take Back the Land- Rochester. While Fannie Mae refused to help Catherine Lennon, they gladly accepted over $90 billion in taxpayer bailout money through the TARP program.
On March 28, 2011, Rochester police executed the eviction with 2 dozen or so police and by arresting seven people, including a 70 year old neighbor still in her pajamas. Charges against those arrested are being dropped in exchange for 8 hours of community service. The Lennon-Griffin family of 11 has been dispersed with grandchildren living with friends and family and Catherine living in a local Motel.
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