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‘Occupy Minnesota’ helps woman stay in her home

By Andrew Jones
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 11:42 EDT
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Minnesota native Monique White. Screenshot via Al Jazeera.
 
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Add another foreclosure fight to the list taken on by “Occupy Wall Street” protesters across America.

In a video interview from Al Jazeera, Minnesota resident Monique White explained that the local “Occupy” group helped her stay in her home since November after home loan bank Freddie Mac threatened to evict her.

According to Campus Progress, White’s home was sold and repossessed by U.S. Bank to Freddie Mac without her knowledge. White, who was laid off from her job as a youth counselor in early 2010, turned to “Occupy Minnesota” after she rejected Freddie Mac’s “cash for keys” offer, a small reimbursement for vacating her property.

“I’m not asking for a handout,” White told Al Jazeera. “I’m not saying give me my house for free. Basically, what I’m asking is to sit down with me, be reasonable, write my loan, and make it affordable for me to keep my house.”

“Occupy Minnesota” provided White with both moral and physical support, including purchasing a small Christmas tree for her family. White still awaits Freddie Mac’s next move, after they postponed her eviction and said they would consider allowing her to rent her home.

“Occupy” protesters across the country have made an effort to fight foreclosures in 20 cities through the “Occupy Our Homes” movement. The action has received public support from Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).

Protesters have already been able to keep an Iraq vet in her home in Atlanta.

WATCH: Video from Al Jazeera, which was broadcast on December 27, 2011.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
 
 
 
 
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