In the latest incident in an ongoing showdown, officers violently arrested occupiers peacefully defending the Cruz family home from foreclosure Wednesday night. Fourteen were arrested defending 4044 Cedar Avenue Wednesday night, only 24 hours after Mayor Rybak’s office, facing mounting public pressure, issued a news release declaring “the City is not in the foreclosure business.” In the statement, City Attorney Susan Segal is quoted saying “The City plays a limited role to protect public safety. The property is the responsibility of its owner… In this case, the City has fulfilled its legal obligation to secure the property.””We hoped Mayor Rybak would stick to his word, but today’s police violence shows Rybak and his police protect and serve the banks, not our communities,” said Martha Ockenfels-Martinez, an organizer with Occupy Homes MN and representative of the Cruz family. The 14 arrests Wednesday at the Cruz home bring this week’s total to 23 during 5 eviction attempts.
Here’s how you can help:
1) Call and email Mayor Rybak ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) at (612) 673-2100 and tell him not to use his police to carry out the dirty work of the banks, evicting community members who can afford to pay a mortgage, while the bank refuses to negotiate a reasonable solution with them.
2) Call Brad German, PR executive for Freddie Mac at 703-903-2437 today to tell them to halt the eviction of the Cruz family so that PNC Bank can negotiate a real solution to keep them in their home as owners.
3) Call and email Dan Taylor VP of PNC Bank at 412-762-2000 to demand they work out a settlement with the Cruz family immediately.
4) Donate to their General Fund to help cover the cost of Bail and Court related fees.
For more information contact Occupy Our Homes.