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Occupy Atlanta Helps Save Veteran’s Home

Occupy Atlanta Helps Save Veteran’s Home


Occupy Atlanta has helped an Iraq war veteran and her girlfriend save their home from foreclosure.

Brigitte Walker, a decorated Iraq War veteran, had unsuccuessfully tried to modify her loan with Chase Bank since she officially retired from the army as a result of combat related injuries in 2007. In late November of this year she received yet another foreclosure notice and things looked bleak.

Walker’s home was set to be sold at auction on the Fulton County Courthouse steps on January 3 and, desperate, Brigitte and her girlfriend Ajai contacted Georgia state senator Vincent Fort asking for help. Fort put Walker in touch with Occupy Atlanta.

The rest of the story from the Occupy Atlanta website:

On December 6, after leaving the very same auction where Brigitte’s home was slated to be sold the following month, we started occupying her home.

After two press conferences on her lawn, a national call in day, and direct action on Chase Bank, Occupy Atlanta did what Brigitte Walker couldn’t do in years: get a loan modification. If it weren’t for Occupy Atlanta’s “simplistic approach” Brigitte Walker would have had her American Dream auctioned off on the Fulton county court house steps. Instead Brigitte Walker and her family can breathe easy knowing they can continue to live in their home.

Walker, 44, joined the Army in 1985 and entered Iraq in February 2003. Her tour ended in May 2004 due to mortar round-related damage to her spine. Today, as well as struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, she still has a limited range of motion.

Below you can watch a video interview with Walker in which she tells her story:

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6:49PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

We are rapidly losing the right to live in a world of freedom and a world that is run by the people who inhabit it. Our government "representatives" (for lack of a better word) say that they will do what we want and then as they are stabbing us in the back while the make sure they get every dollar they can for themselves (and you can go jump in a lake), they are laughing all the way to the bank because we are so stupid as to not see what will happen with this consumate liars and who knows what. Their smug, self-serving, egotistical, know it all attitude will only continue until we wake up and take our country back. The Pres has term limits, why shouldn't the others? Why should they be allowed to be there until the bleed us dry and then they make sure their money is safe, pay off the helpers (corporations, lobbyists) and go on their merry way laughing at us and doing it openly and not behind their hands.

2:21PM PST on Jan 1, 2012

Go OWS. continue to help people keep their homes.

Gloria M. contact OWS they might be able to help you.

10:11PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Spread the protest.

Corporations have over-powered our government which now believes that out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs is inevitable and necessary with expectations that the middle class should fall on their swords. It is the underlying cause of the financial collapse and borders on national security with the loss of our middle class tax base. Yet, this nation does nothing, not even demand it be restricted by whatever method. International businesses are doing the UN-AMERICAN activity of destroying U.S. salaries, U.S. businesses that hire in the U.S., and as an end result, destroying the U.S. marketplace while still demanding BUSINESS ENTITLEMENTS and protections for themselves.

Infrastructure spending and tax breaks will not replace enough jobs to keep up with the hemorrhaging loss of U.S. jobs from out-sourcing over seas. Neither party will do anything about it unless we begin grass roots efforts to protest out-sourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. If nothing is done we will deserve what we get and it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

8:31PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

The house in which I'm living is to be sold January 4. I wonder if there's anything I can do about it??

7:54PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Right On Occupy! Doing good for citizens, unlike the "government".

7:49PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Now, this is what Demoracy looks like.

Power to the people!

5:25PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Not bad for "a bunch of unwashed socialist hippies," eh?

3:56PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Great Story. This is the kind of thing that the Occupiers should be doing as much as possible. With all the people getting forced from their homes, many times after trying to modify their loans many times with the banks, it is awesome that the banks finally listened. The banks could do so much more to help people stay in their homes, and it would benefit everyone. Keep it up OWS!

12:19PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Thank goodness for OWS. They are saving people from homelessness one home at a time.

10:58AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

Oh and BTW - HOW MUCH $$ did Chase get from the bailout? How much from those hush hush low interest or interest free loans fro the Fed?

Send the Banksters to JAIL

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