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Homeowner taps 'Occupy' protest  to avoid foreclosure | MSNBC


Rose Gudiel and her family were squatters in their own home. They had lost a two-year battle against foreclosure, and the eviction date had arrived. They hunkered down in the house on Sept. 28, surrounded by dozens of homeowner advocates and friends, hoping to stave off forcible removal.

“(The bank) kept saying we can’t do anything. Your case is closed,” said Gudiel. “Our stand was, ‘No, we’re not leaving. This is our home. We worked hard for it and we’re just not going to leave.’”

But instead of the anticipated confrontation, there was a dramatic reversal of fortune. Fanny Mae canceled the eviction notice and offered the Gudiels a loan modification that could enable them keep their home.

Why? Fannie Mae and loan servicer OneWest won’t discuss the case. But nonprofit advocates say a series of bold protests — with reinforcements from the “Occupy Wall Street” movement — and a spate of media interest put Rose in the limelight and forced the banks to back down.

It was a small victory — and Gudiel still has to finalize her deal with the bank — but one that Southern California housing activists hope to repeat. It also provides an example of how the sprawling “Occupy” movement — often criticized for its lack of focus — can lend muscle to specific goals pursued by organizations and individuals.



“This is not a war zone. These are unarmed people. It doesn’t make you tough to hurt these people… Where is that in the contract? Leave these people alone. They’re U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens! U.S. citizens! U.S.! It does not make you tough to do this to them. It doesn’t. Stop hurting these people, man. Why are you doing this to our people?…  How do you sleep at night? There is no honor in this… There is no honor in hurting unarmed civilians.”

WOW! speechless!

Certified badass.


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