Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chattanooga Launches Home Defense Campaign

This weekend AFSC has the pleasure of joining Occupy Our Homes and Occupy Chattanooga in a strategy session aimed at launching Occupy Chattanooga's first public home defense campaign.

Folks from Occupy Chattanooga reached out to us just one day before Filson Manley's home was set to be auctioned off on the courthouse steps, they wanted advice about how to stop investors from purchasing a home that someone lives in and is fighting to save. With in 24 hours Occupy Chattanooga mobilized their friends to show up to the courthouse steps and make sure Filson's home didn't sell to anyone.

This weekend we spent several hours going through potential steps Occupy Chattanooga could take to build a strong campaign, and made action plans around each step. After our planning session we enjoyed a bonfire party at Filson's home.

The Occupy Chattanooga crew has now launched an online petition to stop One West Bank from putting Filson Manley out of his home of 19 years.

AFSC is excited to see more and more groups and individuals take on banks, investors, and slumlords in the South. We hope to continue work with Occupy Our Homes and other groups to build a housing justice movement in the South.

Please take the time to sigh and share Filson's online petition.

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