Vowing to Disrupt Queens Foreclosure Auction, NYC Faith Community and Occupy Wall Street Activists Plan Sing-In
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, March 23 2012 @ 08:12 AM EDT
Occupy Faith and Occupy Wall St. Plan Creative Court Disruption in Solidarity with NYers Facing Foreclosure
In support of homeowners facing foreclosure and eviction in New York City, members of Occupy Faith, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), and Organizing for Occupation (O4O) will conduct a sing-in at the Queens County Foreclosure Auction on Friday morning, with the aim of disrupting the auction, and calling for an end to foreclosures and justice for all New Yorkers struggling for affordable housing.
An interfaith group from across New York join an ongoing effort to sing out for justice at foreclosure auctions, a series of actions initiated in October 2011 by O4O and OWS. The group sings the now-famous song “Listen Auctioneer” in order to disrupt the sale of people’s homes and the eviction of their occupants.
WHEN: 11am, Friday, March 23rd.
WHERE: Queens Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Room 25
There is a pre-gathering and training from 9-10am, at nearby King Park.
Photos & video available upon request; contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 347-292-1444
“We are answering the call to nonviolent resistance against corporate greed,” said Nathaniel Mahlberg, Community Minister at Judson Memorial Church and a member of Occupy Faith. “As communities of faith, we stand in solidarity with families across New York who are fighting for dignity, justice, and a place to call home.”
At previous actions, the well-rehearsed activist choir moved officers in Brooklyn Supreme Court to tears. According to activists, the emotional sing-ins are designed to stop the sale of of the foreclosed homes on the docket, while also issuing a call for an end to foreclosures and Wall Street’s unchecked power to put profits over our right to housing.
The big banks were bailed out first under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and again in the recent settlement brokered by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
• TARP gave the big banks the money they needed to stay afloat and, in return, left to the banks’ discretion whether to foreclose on families’ homes or sell the homes at auction.
• Attorney General Schneiderman’s settlement is a slap on the wrist that gives the banks blanket immunity for widespread fraud in exchange for providing some, but not all, ailing homeowners no more than $2,000 in assistance.
Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%. For more info www.occupywallst.org and www.nycga.net