Occupy Homes Confronts Mayor Rybak to Stop Foreclosure

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Dozens of Twin Cities Occupy Homes activists appear at R.T. Rybak’s monthly public office hours in an appeal to the Minneapolis Mayor to intercede on behalf of Monique White. The embattled North Minneapolis homeowner faces a March 5 court date, after which the African-American single mother who works two jobs could be evicted.

Rybak claimed it wasn’t in his power to stop Freddie Mac from asking the police to evict White, whose home has already gone through foreclosure. But Occupy activists disagreed, accusing Rybak of siding with the banks and adding that mayors of other cities have stopped their police from evicting troubled homeowners.

After Rybak left the conference room, Occupy activists debated what to do next, with time running out on Monique White’s home possession. In City Hall’s third floor hallway, activists Mel Reeves and Joe Hesla courted City Council member Don Samuels and asked him to join other council members in opposing home foreclosures.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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