‘Occupy’ protesters fight for D.C. resident to stay in her home

By Andrew Jones
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 14:31 EDT
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Occupy D.C. protesters hold up foreclosure protest signs . Flickr user: democapital.
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“Occupy D.C.” protesters may have been evicted from their encampment earlier this month, but protestors are still finding ways to make an impact, helping one city resident stay in her home Monday evening.

According to The Washington Post, around 50 protesters rallied outside the office of government mortgage giant Freddie Mac for Bertina Jones, a woman whose home was foreclosed in 2010 by Bank of America and is now own by Freddie.

“Occupy D.C.” protesters learned of Jones’ story from the Maryland’s Legal Aid Bureau, whose director Vicki King Taitano said Jones began making payments back in 2009, only for Bank of America to lose the statements. Freddie Mac brought Jones’ home at a foreclosure sale in 2010.

After an hour of protesting, Jones and “Occupy D.C.” got the results they wanted when a Freddie Mac spokesperson said they would work towards a “positive resolution” to allow Jones to keep her home.

Jones, who described her experience rallying with the protesters as “great” after being unable to hire a private lawyer, expressed relief at her tenuous situation appearing to be resolved.

“I’m glad I stood up and fought,” Jones said, a grandmother. “I hope more homeowners will join us. I’m not an icon, I’m just a homeowner trying to save her home.”

(Photo credit: Flickr user democapital)

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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