Occupy Our Homes ATL is a grassroots, member-led organization that strives to build power in low to moderate-income, metro-Atlanta neighborhoods highly impacted by the housing crisis. By mobilizing communities around foreclosure, eviction, tenant rights, and public land rights--with an emphasis on leadership development and fostering a culture of resistance--we strive to transform our city's approach to housing.
In the past decade, Americans have been subject to a new crime wave: banks robbing families of their homes.
Since the early 2000s, banks have targeted communities, particularly low-income communities of color, with predatory loans. In an attempt to feed swelling profit reports, banks began handing out loans that appeared, on face, extremely attractive. The catch: these loans turned ugly fast. By creating and pushing financial instruments like adjustable-rate mortgages with teaser rates or pay options, loans with balloon payments, and interest-only clauses, banks offered loans that were affordable at first glance, but impossible to pay a few years down the road. In essence, they stacked the deck against hardworking Americans.
Currently, Georgia ranks 3rd highest in foreclosures in the nation and dead last in loan modifications. This year alone, the Atlanta metro area faces tens of thousands of foreclosures. Something must change.
We at Occupy Our Homes ATL seek not only put a name to the thousands of families devastated by this crisis, but to mobilize for the change our communities need to thrive. We demand an end to unjust foreclosure and eviction and seek housing created by and for the 99%. We've developed a model to reclaim homes from the banks, and we’re inviting the larger Atlanta Metro community to take part in the process of reclaiming our homes. Together we can turn the corner on this epidemic destroying the fabric of our lives.
While our long term goals will include building a large member base in the metro-Atlanta area to tackle our housing crisis head on and to encourage innovation in addressing Atlanta’s housing needs, we’ve outlined clear deliverables to guide us over the course of the next year:
- win 10 campaigns against foreclosure and/or eviction
-hold 6 major mobilizing conferences to recruit and train member occupiers
-conduct 50 local trainings for community members and activists
-complete comprehensive mapping of foreclosures in metro-Atlanta
-create a strong member management database to best engage members and maintain constant contact
-recruit 250 dues-paying member occupiers
-gather 2500 pledges from metro-Atlantans committed to defend homes
-recruit 6 large organizations to divest from major banks
-introduce legislation to make Georgia a judicial foreclosure state
WE NEED YOUR HELP:
Friends and allies,
As a budding community organization with large, transformative demands to change the way our city approaches housing, we recognize that there are many resources that we need in order to not only defend homes from foreclosure and eviction on a mass scale, but also to strive toward a total sea change in our city's approach to housing.
While there are many resources that would certainly make our work more effective, we recognize that the resource we cannot do without is committed, accountable, full-time activists. As we move forward with our plans, we now--perhaps more than ever--hope to make it clear that we are working under the banner of the Occupy Movement. While we will not be accountable to the GA's, but rather accountable to each other and our communities, we do recognize the contradiction of Occupy activists receiving stipends from large foundations and from the 1%. Because of this, we are aiming to support our four full-time activists solely through grassroots fundraising. Please consider donating to support our activists today.
Occupy Our Homes Atlanta
william w cole
william w cole III
Rhonda Wilson Trimmer
Ilana Lee Berger
- william w cole
- Shayna Adelman
- william w cole III
- Rhonda Wilson Trimmer
- tim franzen
- Darrell Grizzle
- Margaret Skillman
- Tura Franzen
- Charles Buchanan
- Lewis Friedman
- Ilana Lee Berger
- Barbara Joye
- pamela voekel
- Anna Kurien
- Adriane Harden
- Kelly Bourdet
- MICHELA CALABRESE
- Ryan Haney