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The Occupy movement in the States has taken a radical new direction. On Tuesday (6th) displaced Occupy activists, with other community groups, liberated houses repossessed (aka 'foreclosed' in US English) by banks to accommodate homeless families. In other cases activists mobilised for anti-eviction protests for families about to be kicked out.

The ballsy new-phase demos, which activists are calling a ‘new frontier’ in the movement, took place in over 25 cities including New York, Seattle, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta.

In California, a family of six who’d been evicted turned up at their house with a hire van full of furniture – and about forty supporters – broke the lock, and moved back in. In Brooklyn, a homeless family with two young kids moved into a house that the Bank of America had left to go to rot for over three years. They’d been living in and out of NY’s homeless shelters for a decade. And at an Altanta foreclosure auction, protesters’ bells and sirens stopped the vultures from communicating until the auction had to be abandoned, leaving 12 homes safer ‘til after the holiday period.

The day of action was not without precedent. Since 2007, the Miami-based group Take Back the Land have been busy blocking evictions and rehousing people in foreclosed homes. Last month Seattle activists occupied a bank-owned abandoned duplex, painted the boards green, red and black and hung up a banner saying ‘Occupy Everything – No Banks No Landlords’. The cities saw another attempt at a mass crack last weekend with a derelict warehouse reopened for use as a community centre, but protesters were ousted by police with 16 arrests.

Nearly a quarter of home-owners in the US are behind with mortgage repayments. Some have committed the heinous crimes of getting cancer or losing their jobs. Many of the most vulnerable belong to the low income category, sold high interest mortgages by predatory banks with a ‘fuck the poor’ mentality before the sub-prime mortgage crash.

Most state authorities have yet to formulate a response to the new tactics, which are taking direct action and mutual aid away from parks and into the neighbourhoods of the ‘99%’. Although one thing’s for certain: the celebratory doughnuts for clearing Zuccotti Park were more than a little premature.... Viva la occupation!

There are 2 comments on this story...
Added By: Oats - 10th December 2011 @ 7:26 PM
Well chosen words my friend. The sooner words like REPOSSESSED, DISPLACED, EVICTED are replaced by REOPENED, OCCUPIED, RESTORED the sooner we can propel this energy into social change. Viva la revolucion! www.shawotis.wordpress.com
Added By: remove - 11th December 2011 @ 11:22 AM
Everone should be looking into the effects that the new law called the National Defense Authorization act, giveing America the power to arrest any-one without trail, and inprisionment, to anyone, in any country, in short the NEW WORLD ORDER POLICE STATE, since finding out about this the media did release feature about the occupy movement in London (last week) labeling them terrorists, so its already in action ,KISS ALL YOUR RIGHTS GOODBYE,THIS LAW HAS TO BE EXPOSED, AND Will effect everyone RICH and POOR, SO DONT THINK YOUR NOT GOING TO BE AFFECTED.SOMETHING MUST BE DONE SOON .DO ALL YOU CAN TO OPOSE THIS LAW. THANKS
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