Occupy Christmas

International Day of Action – December 25

Occupy Atlanta saves Vet’s Home

Posted by troublemaker on December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas to Brigitte Walker from Occupy Atlanta. Although we cannot speak for Occupy Atlanta, we imagine that is what Brigitte Walker, her partner, and children are feeling now that their home was saved from JP Morgan – Chase’s eviction date of January 3, 2012. Thanks in large part to Occupy Atlanta; the gloom of an early January eviction will allow this Iraq war veteran to occupy Christmas in her own home.

Earlier we told you how JP Morgan – Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup have been accused of illegally foreclosing on homes belonging to US service members. In the case of JP Morgan – Chase, they admitted to their illegal conduct (see Illegal Foreclosures against U.S. Troops). That admission came only after a Congressional investigation and some very, very, damning statements made by Congressman Bob Filner of California.

“I would call it homicide…” – Congressman Bob Filner of California speaking of service member’s suicide after illegal foreclosure (1)

In the case of Brigitte Walker, JP Morgan – Chase broke no laws but their complete and utter contempt for civility should shock you. Brigitte Walker was medically retired against her wishes from the military after her spine was crushed in combat. Her income was cut in half (3). Although the same U.S. government that bailed out the big banks has demanded that banks explore refinancing when possible, no such miracle was in sight for Brigitte Walker. Believing full well she was about to be forced from her home, she had not so much as decorated for Christmas.

It would seem the corporate soul of JP Morgan – Chase has had a change of heart or at least a change of heart in cases where their Scrooge like conduct gets the attention of the public. When Occupy Atlanta began their occupation of Brigitte Walkers home on December 6, 2011 the eviction date was less than a month away. After only one week of public attention brought on by the occupation, JP Morgan – Chase began discussing loan modification. As of December 19, 2011 the loan modification has been accepted and the monthly payments have been reduced to an amount Brigitte Walker can afford. Within 13 days of the initial occupation, a veteran’s home was saved. (2) But how did Occupy Atlanta save Walker’s home?

“After two press conferences on her lawn, a national call in day, and direct action on Chase Bank, Occupy Atlanta did what Brigitte Walker couldn’t do in years, get a loan modification” – Occupy our Homes (3)

As Congress pointed out, JP Morgan –Chase and other banks do not care about their customers. In many cited cases, they do not care about laws created to protect their customers. As Occupy and other protests have pointed out, the banks do care about profit. We believe JP Morgan – Chase is responding to a clear message that their customers will no longer tolerate the abuse of their neighbors. In this instance, it was Occupy Atlanta which brought attention to the evil doings of the mortgage holder, but across the United States and in many other countries big banks are getting the message. So while we do give Occupy Atlanta much credit for saving Walker’s home, we feel it was the Occupy movement as a whole which has the banking community concerned about the repercussion of their Scrooge-like behavior.

“I strongly believe Occupy Atlanta accelerated the process and helped save my home,” – Brigitte Walker (2)

Recent victories like this mark a clear turning point in the Occupy and 99% movement. In just a few months, the voices of the Occupy Wall Street and 99% movement have started to turn the tables on the big banks and their Scrooge-like conduct. Banks are starting to realize that the consumers are in charge. They have started to recognize that we the people will respond to their immoral conduct by taking our business elsewhere. We believe banks have become afraid and we like that.

“Banks have been found, over and over again, to be breaking laws while they take our homes. We’ve got a new kind of bank robber – banks robbing our homes. Americans across the country are standing up. We’re defending our homes. We’ve decided to stand up and fight for what’s ours.” – Occupy Our Homes (3)

Please consider letting Retired Staff Sergeant Walker know you are thankful that her service allowed you to occupy your home and grateful that Occupy Atlanta’s service helped her to occupy her home. We strongly encourage Christmas Cards and well wishes be sent to:

Staff Sergeant Brigitte Walker

2607 South Hills Dr.

Riverdale, GA

Are you threatened by foreclosure?

Do not go quietly into the night.

Occupy our Homes is making real world efforts to bring the ideology of the Occupy and 99% movement to bare on the banks and mortgage companies. If nothing else, they can help share your store and reach out to a community of people who want to help. We encourage you to visit http://OccupyOurHomes.org and make contact with the folk there to see if they can help. If your home is not threatened by foreclosure, a visit to their site will help to explain why other homes in your community are. What is a community for if not for helping its members?

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  1. Military News (Military.com) on Troop Suicide due to Foreclosure
  2. Huffington Post: Occupy Atlanta helps save Iraq war veteran’s home from foreclosure
  3. Occupy our Homes: VICTORY: Occupy Atlanta “Occupy Our Homes” Turning Point

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