“We want the facts to be decided by Monique’s peers,” said her attorney Rachel Lang of the National Lawyers Guild. “Not necessarily by people who are in a privileged situation and who have a very different cultural background, and a very different amount of power.”
“It’s a fair opportunity,” said Occupy Homes activist Mel Reeves. “A judge is just one person; I’d like to have 12 people decide my fate rather that one. Judges are part of the system and I think they have a bias. We’re appealing to people’s conscience, and saying that the way they’re doing business is wrong. People are underwater in their mortgages right now, and they’re underwater because they were overcharged.”
Monique White is an African-American single mother who works two jobs, including the night shift at a local liquor store. More than half of all homes in her zip code of North Minneapolis have gone through foreclosure, but she is determined to fight the foreclosure crisis and stay. The Occupy Homes movement locked arms with White in early November, defended her house through the winter, and now have joined her in court. Occupy’s other home defense, at Bobby Hull’s house in South Minneapolis, resulted in an improbable victory last month when Bank of America agreed to renegotiate the ex-Marine’s mortgage.