This material article was created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Sara Amis is a member of the Occupy Atlanta Media Committee who moonlights as a college professor. She took part in anti-foreclosure activism yesterday as a part of the “Occupy Our Homes” actions.
Occupy the South

Wednesday Occupy Atlanta and Occupy Gwinnett successfully disrupted foreclosure auctions in three metro counties, Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett, by shouting, blowing whistles, and drumming until the auctions were forced to move. In DeKalb and Gwinnett police asked the protesters to disperse; in Fulton the police stood by while speculators assaulted several protesters by punching, elbowing and shoving them. None of the assailants were arrested; however, Occupy Atlanta participant Ron Allen was arrested for having a bullhorn. He was carried away chanting “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out.”

Activists protesting a foreclosure auction
Activists protesting a foreclosure auction

At 10:30 a.m. Civil Rights hero and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery spoke from the Fulton County Courthouse steps, calling for a six- to nine-month moratorium on foreclosures and for property values to be assessed in order to bring all mortgages above water. He said the banks must start helping poor people or expect communities to withdraw support from the banks. Watch video of Lowery addressing protesters:

At 3 p.m., Occupy Atlanta held a press conference at the home of Valerie Pitman in Atlanta’s Old 4th Ward neighborhood. Her mother, who recently passed away, was the victim of predatory lending which left the family’s home under threat of immediate foreclosure. State Sen. Vincent Fort spoke, saying, “I don’t want to thank Occupy Atlanta like they are something distant. We are Occupy Atlanta. We wouldn’t let you steal a house from a 103 year old woman, and we won’t let you foreclose on this family.”

At 7 p.m., Joe Beasley, Fort, Brigitte Walker, and her partner Ajai all spoke passionately about the need to address the foreclosure crisis in general and the needs of disabled veterans in particular while at the Riverdale home of Walker, who is a disabled veteran.

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Sara Amis

Sara Amis

Sara Amis is a member of the Occupy Atlanta Media Committee who moonlights as a college professor.

3 Comments
  1. WOW! This is impressive! The metro Atlanta area  used to be ground zero for mortgage fraud, and Georgians fought back with a passion. I’m glad to know that y’all are still fighting the good fight. Wish it were a brushfire that would spread to ‘Bama.

  2. None of the behaviors OWS is highlighting are novel.  The problem has been that when predators target one victim at a time, it’s hard to see (literally) what’s going on.  When cops take down one innocent person in a violent assault, it’s over so quickly that nobody can react.  It’s only when a mass of protesters is assaulted that the length of time is enough to record it. “There’s safety in numbers” I suspect, mainly because it takes longer to attack many than one. Time is of the essence. Which is why we have to stick together and why predators aim to divide their target from the herd.
    Our other advantage is that predators are cowards.

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