Occupy: Minneapolis Mayor’s Words Not Matching Actions On Foreclosure


David Cruz, Homeowner

Occupy Minnesota activists are convinced Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is saying one thing and doing another when it comes to evicting homeowners.

David Cruz is the owner of the home in South Minneapolis that has been subjected to a series of police actions about foreclosure,

Cruz interprets the Mayor’s statement of the previous day that Minneapolis was not in the foreclosure business to mean that police actions at the home would be suspended. Yet the previous afternoon the property was raided by a substantial force of police and firemen.

The angry crowd went to the mayor’s office and asked if the mayor had lost control of the police force or was he not telling the truth. about 20 people moved in to the mayor’s outer office and demanded a meeting with Mayor Rybak and David Cruz. The request was denied, but later the group stopped the mayor in the hallway for an impromptu meeting.

The lender trying to evict the Cruz family is Freddie Mac. Occupy Minnesota activist Nick Espinosa says a protest is planned on Monday for outside Freddie Mac’s national headquarters in Washington, DC to demand it back off on trying to evict the Cruz family.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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