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Housing is a Human Right

Take Back the Land Rochester believes that housing is a human right, not a commodity. We believe that land and housing should be controlled by the community, not the banks. In order to elevate housing to a human right and secure community control over land we defend people from foreclosure-related evictions and assist homeless people to move into vacant, bank-owned homes. In this process we are wresting land from the control of the banks and turning it back to our community in the form of community land trusts—where land can be taken off the speculative market. As long as housing occurs at the whim of the banks and the market homelessness and poverty will plague our community forever. In short, housing should be for people not for profit. That's why we're taking back the land!

After George Douglass' Victory, Another Wells Fargo Home Defender Steps Forward to Defend his Home

Community Eviction Defense to Keep Veteran Joe Martinez and his Children from Being Evicted from Their Home Before Christmas
 

On Wednesday, December 3, Joe Martinez was served an eviction notice by the Rochester City Marshal informing him that he will be evicted with all his belongings as early as Tuesday, December 9th, despite his legal right to remain in the home. Let's stand up with Joe to keep him and his sons there!


On Tuesday, December 9, at 11:00am Joe Martinez, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will be holding a nonviolent community eviction blockade at Joe's home at 189 Alameda Street, Rochester, NY 14621. Mr. Martinez is demanding the eviction be called off and Wells Fargo enter into negotiations to stay in his home. This eviction blockade will include some communities members who are willing to risk arrest as an act of civil disobedience. 

Community Eviction Defence Stops Eviction, Keeps George Douglass in His Home

On Tuesday, December 2, George Douglass, neighbors, Take Back the Land Rochester, and dozens of community members braved freezing temperatures and formed a nonviolent  eviction blockade that stopped the eviction of Wells Fargo's attempt to remove him from his home.  George is still seeking a permanent action to withdraw the order and negotiate a final settlement so he can stay in his home.

Mr. Douglass has been served a 72 hour eviction notice and Tuesday was the planned day of the eviction. However, the blockade thwarted the eviction for now.  Take Back the Land Rochester is organizing an eviction watch encampment from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (the times an eviction could be carried out in New York State) in order to watch the house and alert the community if the authorities try to remove George Douglass. 

George Douglass is willing and able to pay but Wells Fargo is trying to evict him so they can collect their FHA insurance check from the federal government.  Mr. Douglass and other community members are willing to risk arrest as an act of civil disobedience in order to keep George in his home and reform the FHA government policy that incentivizes evictions and foreclosures for banks. 

Facing Eviction, George Douglass Pledges to Stay in His Home

WHAT: EVICTION PROTEST AND BLOCKADE

 
WHEN: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 11:00 AM
 
WHERE: HOME OF GEORGE DOUGLASS 95 ROXBOROUGH  RD. Rochester, NY 14619 
 

Rochester, NY -- On Tuesday, December 2, at 11:00am George Douglass, Take Back the Land Rochester, and other community members will be holding a nonviolent community eviction blockade to keep George Douglass in his home.

 

George Douglass is willing and able to pay but Wells Fargo is trying to evict him so they can collect their FHA insurance check from the federal government.  Mr. Douglass and other community members are willing to risk arrest as an act of civil disobedience in order to keep George in his home and reform the FHA government policy that incentivizes evictions and foreclosures for banks. 

Facing Community Eviction Blockade, Marshal Calls Off Eviction of Rochester Resident

Through Sleet and Snow, Eviction Blockade Draws Out Dozens of Supporters, But No Marshal

 

Akhom Phetphanh and his Son Ty Locked to the Front Porch of Their House
 

April 15, 2014

Eviction Defence: Despite Eviction Orders, Akhom Phetphanh and Supporters Will Risk Arrest To Defend His Home

Inline image 1Akhom and His Son Tai in front of their long time home on Durnan St.

 

 

What: Eviction Protest and Blockade to Stop the Unjust Bank Eviction of Akhom Phetphanh

When: Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00am

Where: 256 Durnan Street, Rochester, NY 14621 (the 20 year residence of the Phetphanh family)

Why: United, we can stop the foreclosure machine and elevate housing to a human right

Take Back the Land's Catherine Lennon Seals Historic Foreclosure Fight Victory

 

 

In a Precedent Setting Move, Bank of America Deeds House Back to Catherine Lennon Without a Mortgage

 

MidFirst Bank and City Marshal Back Off Woods Family Eviction After First Day of Eviction Defense

MidFirst Bank and City Marshal Back Off Woods Family Eviction After First Day of Eviction Defense
The Take Back the Land Rochester Begins Eviction Watch During Eviction Hours 
 
Joe Woods, fighting for his home of 23 years (right) and Michael Connolly (left)
chained to the front porch at 394 Webster Ave. Rochester, NY to stop MidFirst
Bank'sattempt to evict the Woods Family 
 
 
Rochester, NY - On Thursday, September 26, 2013 the 72 hours expired on the eviction notice from MidFirst Bank for 394 Webster Ave., Rochester, NY.  The City Marshal said he'd would be coming by to execute the eviction on the 26th so MidFirst Bank could profit off another foreclosure and eviction.  However the Woods Family, neighbors, Take Back the Land Rochester, Metro Justice, Band of Rebels and other community supporters had another idea.  The Woods family and their supporters began an Eviction Blockade of the Woods family home on Webster Ave.  What started as a front lawn blockade with Home Defenders chained to the porch and forming a chain around the front yard became an energetic celebration of resistance that spilled into a blockaded Webster Ave. that even the police wouldn't cross.   
 

Take Back the Land Rochester to Launch Woods Family Eviction Defense

Despite Eviction Orders, Woods Family Stays in Their Home
Take Back the Land Rochester Plans Eviction Defense
 
 
Who: Community of Human Rights Defenders 
 
What: Eviction Protest to Stop the Unjust Bank Eviction of the Woods Family
 
When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:00am 
 
Where: 394 Webster Ave., Rochester, NY (the 23 year residence of the Woods family) 
 
Why: Because united we can stop the foreclosure machine and elevate housing to human right 
 
Who would do this?: Oklahoma-based MidFirst Bank, worth over $9 billion in assets 
 
 

Despite Another Eviction Attempt by Freddie Mac, The Steidel Family Pledges to Stay in their Home

 On Monday, August 13, 2013 at Noon Maria Steidel, Take Back the Land Rochester, Band of Rebels, and other community supporters will protest outside the Wells Fargo at 1200 Pittsford-Victor Road to protest their foreclosure of the Steidel family and Wells Fargo's mass foreclosure practices in general.  
 
The Steidel family's fight grabbed national and international attention in November 2011 when public pressure forced Freddie Mac to call off the eviction at 107 Clay Ave. Rochester, NY and Wells Fargo promised to negotiate in good faith.  However, after the spotlight has retreated from the family's struggle Wells Fargo is refusing to negotiate and Freddie Mac moving to evict the family again.  The original foreclosure was pushed through by the disgraced and now defunct foreclosure law firm Steven J. Baum.  However, even after Baum's foreclosure mill was forced to close, Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac have continued the same unethical practices in trying to take the house even though Wells Fargo fraudulently foreclosure (i.e., didn't own the mortgage when they foreclosed) and even though the Steidel family offered to buy the house back at fair market value.    
 
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