Occupy Atlanta Encamps In Neighborhood To Save Police Officer’s Home From Foreclosure


Written by Zaid Jilani, ThinkProgress

Occupy Atlanta has repeatedly run into hurdles, as it has been evicted from Woodruff Park in Atlanta multiple times by the city’s unsympathetic mayor, Kasim Reed. Yet the group was invigorated yesterday as it moved to a new location to take action for economic justice.

Last week, Tawanna Rorey’s husband, a police officer based in Gwinnett County, e-mailed Occupy Atlanta to explain that his home was going to be foreclosed on and his family was in danger of being evicted on Monday. So within a few hours Occupy Atlanta developed an action plan to move to Snellville, Georgia on Monday to stop the foreclosure. At least two dozen protesters encamped on the family’s lawn, to the applause of neighbors and bystanders:

Nearly two dozen protesters assembled Monday afternoon at Tawanna Rorey’s four-bedroom home in a neighborhood just south of Snellville, clogging the narrow, winding street that runs in front of the house with cars, vans and TV trucks. Many neighbors stopped to gawk at the spectacle and even honked their car horns in support of the crowd. [...] [The protesters] set up two tents in the front yard, draped a “This Home is Occupied” sign over the porch railing and handed out bottled water and granola bars to other members.

The Sheriff’s Department did not come to evict the Roreys. A spokesman for the department told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the foreclosure process is still ongoing and that it has not scheduled an eviction. “It’s a good cause,” said Diona Murray, one of the Roreys’ neighbors, about the occupation. “If we don’t take a stand, who will?

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Jody B.
Jody B6 years ago

Its nice to see people do the right thing.

Ajla C.
Past Member 6 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V6 years ago

thank you

Ruth R.
Ruth R7 years ago

Given the economic situation: all people should be allowed to keep their houses. The gov has bailed the banks as institutions out. The individual people could be bailed out enough to keep their houses as their own. They could grow food in their yards, and collect rainwater for water. They could do a fund raiser to get a composting toilet. It is basically learn to live off the land and live off the land.

Christine Stewart

Nancy L.- many people bought houses with the realtor, mortgage company, and every real estate newspaper column telling them they should get an adjustable rate mortgage, because "You can always refinance!" Well, guess what? When it came time to refinance, no mortgage company or bank would allow them to refinance. It was a bait and switch! Then the companies say they will try to work with the homeowner on a mortgage modification, while at the same time foreclosing on the home! Pure evil genius.

Judith Howard
Judy Howard7 years ago

Sometimes you need to commit an act of civil disobedience especially in these times. The late and great Dr. Martin Luther King in his time took a moral stand by committing civil disobedience and was thrown in jail. The protesters are in good company...kudos to them all for coming to the police officers aid.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer7 years ago

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.

Glenn M.
Glenn Meyer7 years ago

Nancy L,

No I'll just do their bankruptcy for them and kick the bank in the nuts.

Nancy L.
Nancy L7 years ago

The people shouldn't have bought a home they can't afford. Looks like it's time to sell and get something affordable. It's not the bank's fault. If you people feel so bad for them, then YOU send them money.

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.