In December protesters launched Occupy Our Homes, a bid to take back foreclosed homes. Occupiers took up residence in a home in Oakland, California and one in Brooklyn, New York, that day, demanding that lenders renegotiate mortgages for the homeowners. National Occupy Our Homes organizer Matt Browner Hamlin said protesters had set a goal of over 100 such “actions” around the country in the next few months.
Add to that list Occupy Birmingham, Alabama, where neighbors camped out in a local family’s yard to try to save them from foreclosure. As the Wards tell their story, it sounds like a complicated nightmare that’s not of their making. What’s simple is the human desire to help them.