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A demand from Occupy Detroit: Stop foreclosures

 

October 18, 2011

By Ryan Felton

Detroit Metro Times

 

Demonstrators gathered in front of the Guardian Building and chanted

the open letter to Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan by means of

the "human microphone."

 

The Occupy Detroit group has potentially set a precedent for groups

aligned with the flagship in New York City.

 

After their first weekend in Grand Circus Park, the group organized a

demonstration with Moratorium NOW!, a pre-existing coalition that

seeks to stop foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs. (See “Up

Against the banks,” MT News Editor Curt Guyette’s cover story about

the group.) Occupy Detroit adopted the end of foreclosures in Detroit

and throughout Michigan as a demand, and took that demand on Tuesday

to Bank of America’s downtown offices on Griswold.

 

An open letter was sent to Brian T. Moyinhan, CEO of Bank of America,

which detailed the reasoning for the demand.

 

“Foreclosures are destroying are communities,” the letter dated Oct.

16 said. “No city has been hit harder than Detroit, where vacant home

as a result of foreclosures are everywhere.”

 

The letter concluded by saying if the bank didn’t implement a

moratorium, another demonstration will follow at noon Friday, Oct. 21,

with an invitation to “all those affected by the foreclosure

epidemic.”

 

“We have a definite demand and want an immediate halt,” said Abayomi

Azikiwe of Moratorium NOW! “We’ve been battling the banks now for four

years. [Friday's] going to be a larger demonstration.”

 

Azikiwe, who’s been down to the Detroit encampment every day said the

group is sending out press releases, Facebook posts and networking

through Occupy Detroit supporters staying in Grand Circus Park.

 

The 80-100 protesters from the camp who marched, went down Woodward

toward Congress in similar fashion to Friday’s Occupy Detroit

inception march, chanting: “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!”

and “Bail out the people, not the banks!”

 

After turning on to Griswold Avenue, the group stopped in front of the

Guardian Building, forming a picket line for a half hour. Passersby

gawked and watched as a handful of Detroit Police vehicles guided

traffic. During the time in front of the Guardian Building, the Occupy

Detroit Twitter page was updated saying “#occupydetroit police are

being friendly!”

 

Around 1 p.m. students, lawyers, and demonstrators spoke to the crowd

via megaphone — with phrases repeated by the crowd in the “human

microphone” style — giving their reasons for being present. Credit

cards were ripped and cut, while volunteers urged others to bring more

people back with them Friday.

 

The Occupy Detroit encampment on Grand Circus Park’s west-side has

become an impressive display since being set up Friday. With a legal

permit in place, the group can use tarps, tents and structural setups

allowing for a sliver of extra comfort with cold weather creeping

through the door.

 

About 50 tents surround the information station, a small library in

the process of construction and a stocked kitchen which was serving

coffee and French toast Tuesday.

 

“This is the civil rights of the 21st century,” said retired priest

the Rev. Leo Reilly. “Just as we fought racism, we’re fighting

richism.”

 

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