Dead Men Walking: Vampires March Against JPMorgan Chase

Blood-sucking soulless creature? Or a mortgage banker foreclosing another home. You decide. Click on the vampire to see video of Monday's action against JPMorgan Chase.

Story and video for The UpTake by Bill Sorem

A group of “vampires” marched to the Minneapolis U.S. Attorney’s office and the offices of JPMorgan Chase & Co., on Monday to demand a settlement that keeps people in their homes instead of just providing “blood money” by way of paltry settlement checks to people who wrongly lost their homes.

This action was part of #Not1MoreEviction national day of action, with actions in five cities.

As Halloween approaches, Occupy Homes MN said it had, “Marched on some of the scariest monsters of all, the blood-sucking vampires of the housing crisis, demanding a JPMorgan and Federal Housing Finance Agency settlement that will stop the bleeding of the housing crisis and keep Jaymie Kelly in her home.”

This week, as JPMorgan and the FHFA prepared to finalize a total $13 billion settlement with the Department of Justice, the fitm also filed a second eviction order for Jaymie Kelly, a Powderhorn homeowner who has lived in her house 30 years and paid for its value more than five times.

(Kelly also is running for Mayor of Minneapolis; watch the interview she gave The UpTake by clicking here).

“The first priority of the settlement should be to keep people in their homes,” said Kelly, who is now facing imminent eviction by JPMorgan Chase and Freddie Mac, which operates under the FHFA. “JPMorgan Chase refused to work with me after I fell behind on a predatory loan, even though I had paid for my home five times over. Now, even as they pay a record settlement for their actions, they still want to evict me from my home of 30 years. I am not interested in a settlement check. I want a negotiation with principal reduction to stay in my home. I am hopeful they will work together to keep homeowners facing unjust eviction, like me, in their homes. Until then I will continue fighting for my right to stay in my home.”

On Oct. 8, 150 community members blockaded Jaymie’s scheduled eviction. In response, Freddie Mac and JPMorgan Chase filed a second eviction order, which the sheriff must carry out by Nov. 22.

The “zombies” marched from the Government Center through the tunnels to the Federal Court building where cameras were not allowed. After the meeting at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Kelly reported that they were well received and the assistant that met them promised to set up a meeting with one of the U.S. Attorneys.

The “undead” then marched through the sky ways to the Capella Tower where the local offices of JPMorgan Chase are located. Security guards blocked the sky way entrance to the elevators so they performed their vampire skit in the sky way.

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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