But protesters in Tuesday’s anti-foreclosure day of action say they are not doing it to be arrested. Instead, they want to spotlight what Minneapolis organizer Anthony Newby calls a critical situation. “We are hoping to create a national movement to defend against illegal foreclosure,” he says, suggesting that banks have not been forthright in foreclosure proceedings.
Mr. Newby is working with a former Marine, Bobby Hull, who was foreclosed upon by Bank of America, who in turn sold the house at auction. Mr. Hull faces eviction by mid-February.
“We are not looking for a confrontation, but rather are trying to negotiate a peaceful solution,” says Newby. But if it comes to legal force, “we are prepared to defend Bobby’s home.”
He says that could involve hundreds of neighbors occupying the Hull home, possibly forcing law enforcement to move against all of them. “We are hoping the local police, who we think are part of the 99 percent, too, won’t take part in such actions against Bobby,” he adds.
To Peggy Mears, a Riverside, Calif., activist working with a local family to reoccupy their foreclosed home, the banks aren't holding up their end of the bargain. “The banks were bailed out, and they were supposed to use that money to help homeowners, but they have not,” she says.
The phone message at the Los Angeles chapter for the National Lawyer’s Guild seems to acknowledge the prospect of increased arrests. It tells any member of the Occupy Los Angeles movement: “We accept all collect calls from jail.”