On the 2nd of April, US Marshals showed up at Dawn Butler’s home in NE DC with an eviction order, only to find that Occupy DC got there first. Three cop cars and the bank agent showed up, and the agent from Chase Bank acted like he did NOT want to have to deal with Occupy DC.
By 10:30 AM, it was reported that Dawn Butler had obtained a stay of eviction from the court, meaning that Occupy DC prevented her property from being forcibly removed prior to the issuance of the stay.
JP Morgan Chase denied Dawn her legal right, as specified in DC law, when they foreclosed on her landlord. I am not sure if Resenburg and Associates is the landlord Chase foreclosed on or a perperty manager hired by Chase, but Occupy was asking people to call them.
A stay is not a final victory, so people are still being asked to call Rosenberg and Associates and JP Morgan Chase, demanding permanent cancellation of this planned eviction:
Rosenberg and Associates, LLC: 301-‐903-‐8000
J.P. Morgan Chase: 212-‐552-‐0054
Below is the statement from evictionfreezone.us . There is some connection between them and the liberal Democrats of the “99% Spring,” not sure what it is:
Occupy DC confronts U.S. Marshals to save Dawn Butler’s home
WASHINGTON DC- 9am Monday April 2rd, the U.S. Marshals are set to evict Dawn Butler from the home that she has lived in since 2006.
J.P. Morgan Chase denied Dawn her right to buy her house when her landlord foreclosed, as DC law mandates. The bank railroaded her case through the courts. Now she is being evicted.
However, she will not be leaving. Dawn and Occupy Our Homes have teamed up to stop her eviction.
Dawn is just one of millions of Americans who have been taken advantage of by greedy banks. Communities of color were disproportionally affected by the 2008 financial collapse. Between 2001 and 2009 median black wealth fell 83%. This is due in no small part to that community being targeted by banks for unfair foreclosure and evictions.
“Why should I move? I have not done anything wrong. I feel like when I walk back into that court I am going to have even more strength. I’m not alone, at first I was embarrassed, because the Marshals are going to be outside, this is so embarrassing, but now I say, ‘come outside Marshals, because this is what you are going to see, you are going to see us fighting back.’”
Around the country the movement has been gathering steam to fight back against the banks that are denying people their right to housing. Housing activists have successfully blocked eviction and even moved homeless families into vacant homes.
Just last month Bertina Jones, a homeowner in Bowie, Maryland, joined Occupy Our Homes-DC to successfully block her own eviction. Ms. Jones’ story serves as a model for people facing eviction around the country.
They will try to isolate you and make you feel so embarrassed. And you don’t know what to do, and you don’t have a lawyer, and they have a whole legal team. And you feel like you’re fighting this big giant alone. But you’re not alone, and if we stand together they can’t win. And that’s why I’m out supporting them.”
Housing is a human right. The 99% will no longer allow profits to subvert people’s needs. The spring offensive is underway.