Occupy MN Moves into Foreclosed Home in North Minneapolis

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Click on Photo to View Video of Occupy MN in Monique White's Home

Click on Photo to View Video of Occupy MN in Monique White's Home

Monique White was on the verge of being evicted from her North Minneapolis home after U.S. Bank moved to foreclose. Occupy MN activists camping out in front of Minneapolis City Hall for over a month faced a showdown with Hennepin County, which wanted to evict them. So these two strange bedfellows teamed up. Occupy MN is now sleeping in White’s house, and in tents in her front lawn, at 3310 N. 6th St. in the city’s downtrodden North Minneapolis neighborhood.

In doing so, Occupy Minneapolis instantly made itself more diverse, and more relevant. The largely white and college-educated demonstrators now stand with White and north-side African American activists, who have been hit harder by the home foreclosure crisis than other Twin Cities neighborhoods. In the eyes of north-side activist Anthony Newby, Occupy MN’s movement just gained more credibility.

And if U.S. Bank makes a move to forcibly evict Monique White, whose home foreclosed on Jan. 26 — though she never received notice from the bank — security will have to contend with dozens of activists as well. “The banks got bailed out,” said White. “So why aren’t (they) willing to work with homeowners and bail them out and rewrite their loans?”

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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