Cement Encased Occupy Home Defenders Risk Life And Limb

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Click on Photo to See Occupy Homes' Creative Defense Mechanism

Click on Photo to See Occupy Homes' Creative Defense Mechanism

How far would you go to protect a homeowner from being evicted?

Occupy Homes activists defending Alejandra and David Cruz’s foreclosed home in South Minneapolis have built an elaborate if not provocative home defense system to stop police from evicting the Latino family. They say they won’t leave until either PNC Mortgage or Freddie Mac renegotiates the mortgage.

At both the front and back doors, activists have planted a bucket filled with cement, save for a pipe that stretches through its midsection. Two activists sit on either side of the bucket with their arms chained together inside the pipe.

“If you pulled on me and tried to yank me out of there, the best you could really do would be to break my arm,” said an Occupy activist named Randall.

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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