ACORN Trains Citizens To Protest Home Foreclosures
Near Patterson Park, the padlock on the door and the sign in the window tell part of Donna Hanks foreclosure story.
"The mortgage went up $300 in one month," said Hanks, former
She says the bank refused to modify her loan and foreclosed, kicking her out of the house in September.
The community group ACORN calls Hanks a victim of predatory lending.
"This is our house now," said Louis Beverly, ACORN.
And on Thursday afternoon, they literally broke the foreclosure padlock
right off the front door and then broke into the house, letting Hanks back in for the first time in months.
"We are actually trespassing, and so this is a way of civil disobedience to try to stay in the house," said Beverly. "Legally it's wrong, but homesteading is the only means that she has left to stay in her house. And we feel as though this is the right thing to do at this particular time to save this family."
Inside, there's spray paint on the walls and evidence that someone has possibly been remodeling.
The group says it was staging similar demonstrations in six other cities
nationwide while urging a moratorium on foreclosures. They want
that until President Obama's stimulus plan begins on March 4. The
plan is designed to help threatened homeowners.
"As you all can see, Donna is reclaiming her home, and she's putting a lock on her door at this time," said Beverly.
But that padlock won't stay there for long.
The current property managers told Eyewitness News they were unaware of ACORN's actions Thursday and were contacting the police and their lawyers.
Donna is not "reclaiming" her home. Donna is at least an accessory to breaking and entering and a few other fairly serious crimes. One is also left to wonder why Donna would be helping people to spray paint graffiti all over the inside of "her" own home.
"Predatory lending" will once again become a favorite buzzword of the left as they continue to attempt to shift responsibility for the foreclosure crisis from the poor spending habits of Americans to the evil banks and mortgage companies that only did what the left asked them to do to begin with: provided long term loans to people with marginal credit histories and marginal ability to make realistic repayment. You are now a "victim" if you can't plan a budget for more than a month at a time, evidently. The advancement of the culture of victimization continues.
As taxpayers, we should all be concerned that an organization with as sketchy a history as ACORN that is now actively supporting serious illegal activity not only has the ear of the President, but stands a good chance of receiving taxpayer money in the form of grants to escalate that activity. Taxpayer funded criminal activity isn't something the stimulus plan officially calls for...is it?