Occupy Abandoned Properties in Detroit
Back in 2009 on a PBS program “Bill Moyers Journal” US Representative Marcy Kaptur from Ohio advocated people to Occupy their homes that were being foreclosed on because of the mortgage crisis. It’s amazing how relevant this video is from 2009 and we are in 2012!!
Maureen Taylor is now advocating the same policy of occupation in Detroit. Since the mortgage crisis of 2008 there are abandoned homes all over Detroit, and the city has effectively abandoned certain neighborhoods due to lack of funds.
Maureen is the head of the Michigan Welfare Rights organization and is encouraging people to occupy abandoned properties. There is a philosophy that is gaining in popularity that says ‘shelter is a human right’. I know that sounds crazy and revolutionary, but there is no better place to start a revolution than right here in Detroit. The argument is that the taxpayer bailed out the banks that claim to own these properties (but refuse to maintain them) so we have a right to occupy them. Check out the news report here:
and viva la revolucion!!!