In South Florida, Occupy Movement Targets Housing Crisis

In South Florida, Occupy movement targets housing crisis

After months of noisy protests and public-space encampments, South Florida’s Occupy movement has quietly shifted its focus to “occupying” houses to support homeowners caught in the foreclosure crisis.

The initiative represents a new tactic for Occupy groups in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County and Miami that in recent weeks have struggled to maintain momentum.

“The only thing that works is public outrage and media exposure of bad practices by banks,” said Lisa Epstein, 46, a nurse who became an activist after almost losing her own West Palm Beach home to what she calls fraudulent foreclosure practices.

Among several successful interventions claimed by Occupy forces is the case of Marie and Jean Bien-Amie, who were notified that on Jan. 3 they would be evicted from the Coconut Creek home they built 11 years ago because they had fallen $27,000 behind on a second mortgage.

“I told them that I have the money, but they said no, they had to take the house,” said Marie Bien Amie, 41, a mother of four whose oldest son serves in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dozens of Occupy supporters rallied at the house last month and alerted the news media, and days later Wells Fargo halted its eviction plans.

Wells Fargo spokeswoman Natalie Brown said Thursday that the lender would “continue to work with the Bien-Aimes to understand their financial situation,” and that the bank stood ready “to consider all viable options to help them avoid eviction.”

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2 Responses to “In South Florida, Occupy Movement Targets Housing Crisis”
  1. Fury says:

    Wells Fargo spokeswoman Natalie Brown said Thursday that the lender would “continue to work with the Bien-Aimes to understand their financial situation,” and that the bank stood ready “to consider all viable options to help them avoid eviction.”

    ——

    all such garbage. really.

    the bank does not want to avoid eviction UNLESS their despicable actions have been revealed in the press.

    i don’t agree w/ clint eastwood’s politics (he’s a conservative republican) but i thought his chevy super bowl ad was very powerful.

    we are at halftime. we have been down before and we need to fight o make things right.

    the banks are crooked and have caused the collapse of the world’s economy.

    they have the money to make things right.

    they have been bailed out at least twice (TARP and TALF).

    we didn’t fall off of the turnip truck.

    they need to pay back the money they stole from us plus ill-gotten gains and we can move forward.

    if i had my money back, i’d spend it!

    i want my local businesses to survive.

    i want to survive and prosper.

    • Fury says:

      wells fargo will
      “continue to work with the Bien-Aimes to understand their financial situation,”

      or perhaps wells fargo will lose the bien-aimes paper work a dozen times
      as is their Standard Operating Procedure.

      what’s to “understand?”
      wells fargo defrauded millions of hard-working homeowners!

      it is gagging.

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