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A Multi-Story Underground: Squatters in the United States

A Multi-Story Underground: Squatters in the United States

By HANNAH DOBBZ

Matt Bruce is a magician. By this I mean that he literally works kids’ parties for money and entertains friends with sorcery in his spare time. His room is bursting with occult paraphernalia and he has countless tricks up his sleeve. But Matt Bruce is no one-trick pony; he knows more than how to manipulate a deck of cards and how to have a quarter crop up behind your ear: Matt Bruce knows how to make rent bills disappear.

Take Back the Land Rochester Eviction Protest on CBS Channel 8

Link to video

ROCHESTER, NY - The group Take Back the Land Rochester says having a slew of abandoned homes helps no one.

It says letting banks keep perfectly good homes boarded up, with so many homeless people just isn't right.

Today the group and supporters decided to protest Fannie Mae for trying to kick out four people out of an abandoned home on South Goodman.

The group chanted slogans like "They got bailed out. We got sold out."

Even though take back the land doesn't own the house or have permission to put people in it members still think they're in the right.

"What we do is we open up these abandoned houses and do our own renovations at our own expense." Hubert Wilkerson with Take Back the Land Rochester said. “We get the water turned on and the electricity turned on, sand some siding, do some roofing and say lets get some homeless people and put them in here. We've been very successful with that."

Action Alert: Eviction Protest Monday (Feb 21)

Protest Eviction by Fannie Mae
"They Got Bailed Out, We're Getting Put Out" 

What: Protest Fannie Mae's move to unjustly evict five people from a house in Rochester and render them homeless
Where: 820 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620
When: Noon Monday, February 21, 2011
 

Take Back the Land Rochester is calling on the community to protest Fannie Mae's move to evict five people from a house in Rochester and render them homeless. Despite many attempts, the government-backed corporate bank has

Take Back the Land Rochester hits the Financial Times of London

Squatters add to foreclosure delays

By Alan Rappeport in New York
Published: February 6 2011 19:45

Article on FT.com

Rachel Nartin spent five years homeless until an advocacy group in Rochester, New York, helped her find shelter beneath the roof of a foreclosed home last year.

Now she chips in for utilities and has helped make repairs on the dilapidated two-story home, but expects an eviction notice from the bank any day.

“At least I had a chance to get back on my feet,” Ms Nartin, 29, said. “Just letting these houses sit empty while there are people freezing to death on the streets is not ethical.”

Take Back the Land Rochester Liberates a Home on CNN

 

Take Back the Land Rochester on Facebook

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