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Fannie Mae and Bank of America Continue Evicting Our Neighbors

10:47 am in Uncategorized by firedancer

Although the homeowner has an approved mortgage loan (from a local bank), Bank of America and Fannie Mae have yet to let him buy “back” his own home. Instead, an eviction order will be in effect, as of March 21st.

This story is like so many others, involving fraud, robo-signing, a mortgage counselor who defrauded customers, denial of a jury trial, etc..

If this eviction is carried out, it will affect not only the homeowner and his fiancee, but also a severely ill gentleman who lives in the home. He has undergone a double transplant and is unable to live alone.

Occupy Traverse City has started a phone/email campaign to try and get this eviction stopped. Details here, if you can help. We are also looking for more phone numbers, fax numbers or emails to add to the list. If you know of any, you can email us at occupytraversecity@gmail.com, or message us at our Facebook page.

Thank you!

Occupy Traverse City…Summer Update

5:36 pm in Uncategorized by firedancer

Here in northern Michigan, we dreamed of warm summer days, while standing out freezing with our signs this past winter. Well, now we have proof that dreams really can come true. The summer heat wave was so intense, that it even had main stream media whispering the phrase “climate change”. Amazing!

Occupy Traverse City continues to hold GA twice weekly, a street action every Saturday morning, and a monthly potluck. Ongoing initiatives include working on foreclosure issues and using hand puppets for street theater. This week we will Occupy the Cinema!

As with many Occupy groups, we have focused on foreclosures. Thanks to OTC member Valerie Gibbs, we have posted the “Foreclosure Survival Guide” on our OTC website.  Moratorium Now, a Detroit based organization, has also been a great resource for us. Our first effort to stop an eviction appears to have been successful, with a loan modification underway. We are now working with our second homeowner. We are learning that publicity helps when fighting foreclosures.

To increase our visibility and to continue to educate, we have recently added the use of hand puppets to our street actions. Each of the puppets has a special theme or message to deliver. One of our favorite characters is our “Occu-pirate”, aargh! Thanks to Joe Therrien, from the OWS Puppetry Guild, for his support and advice with this new endeavour.
puppets at the Cherry Festival

 

The puppets and Occupy TC members will be “Occupying the Cinema” this week. The Traverse City Film Festival starts July 31st. Michael Moore, the driving force behind this event, is bringing several activist films, shorts and documentaries to town. Besides attending films, member of Occupy Traverse City will be visible with our Occu-puppets and passing out Occu-cards.

Thanks to Occupy Supply for our recent shipment of bandannas and water bottles, they will be great to have, as we continue our actions this summer!

In Solidarity!

The Saga of Larry Tunner- A Story for Our Times

8:10 pm in Uncategorized by firedancer

Educating and messaging are important tactics in our quest to occupy change. Recently here in Traverse City, we held a combined education/entertainment event….Occupalooza. It was a great success with an estimated 500-600 attendees. While musicians entertained us, we used posters, charts, videos, speakers, brochures, information tables and non-stop conversation to educate.

However, another way to educate is by telling a story. Stories don’t just present facts, but can create empathy and understanding, as well. I think the “Saga of Larry Tunner” is a story that can do this.  This Occupy themed film gives voice to some of the issues of the 99%.

A brief synopsis tells us that “After hitting the jackpot and realizing that he really can do anything, Larry decides to run for President, giving voice to the real concerns of America’s ninety-nine percent. Unpolished, charismatic, and full of heart, Larry is on a mission to save America, or die trying.”

We had the fun of filming a scene for the movie as part of our Occupalooza event, with just a few of our Occupy Traverse City members on stage with Larry.
See link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4WEdw8IhhQ

If you would like to help make this microbudget film a reality, you can donate here at Kickstarter.

Thanks for checking it out!

Occupalooza!

7:31 am in Uncategorized by firedancer

Quick note of greeting before I head out to set up for Occupy Traverse City’s education/entertainment event called Occupalooza. Greetings! I have been reading Firedoglake for years, have been a member for nearly a year, and have been attending Occupy Supply liaison webinars. It’s great to be involved with this community!

Occupalooza will be an event with speakers, bands, video viewing lounge, information tables and lots and lots of posters! There will even be a scene filmed for the dramedy “The Saga of Larry Tunner”, about an autoworker who runs for president.

Occupy Traverse City has never had an encampment but has been holding twice weekly General Assemblies and weekly actions. This has been and continues to be a time of learning and networking. More info here.

Time to go pack up and head into Traverse City for set up. Have a great weekend all!

Barb