occupy detroit http://michiganradio.org en Anti-foreclosure activists target Fannie Mae, federal lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/anti-foreclosure-activists-target-fannie-mae-federal-lawmakers <p>A Detroit-based group of activists is working through the summer to help people facing foreclosure stay in their homes.</p><p>The Detroit Eviction Defense Coalition is affiliated with the Occupy Detroit movement. They held a rally Monday at the McNamara federal building to support Detroit homeowner Jennifer Britt, who faces eviction after a lengthy legal battle.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:24:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8198 at http://michiganradio.org Anti-foreclosure activists target Fannie Mae, federal lawmakers "Occupy" group tries to prevent another eviction http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-group-tries-prevent-another-eviction <p>The &ldquo;Occupy our Homes&rdquo; movement has taken up the cause of Fred Shrum, another homeowner facing foreclosure in Metro Detroit.</p><p>The group is a coalition of anti-foreclosure groups, organized labor, and other activists with the Detroit &ldquo;Occupy&rdquo; movement.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:37:40 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6219 at http://michiganradio.org "Occupy" group tries to prevent another eviction Southgate couple plans to defy eviction, "occupy" their home http://michiganradio.org/post/southgate-couple-plans-defy-eviction-occupy-their-home <p>A Metro Detroit family says they&rsquo;ll stay in their home, despite threats of eviction. Their action is part of a new initiative coordinated by the national &ldquo;Occupy&rdquo; movement.</p><p>Rob and Debbie Henry live in the Detroit suburb of Southgate. They got a mortgage loan modification after Debbie had a stroke and lost her job.</p><p>The Henrys thought they were following the terms of that process. But a confusing series of events ensued that included their loan being sold to Fannie Mae without their knowledge.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:22:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5276 at http://michiganradio.org Southgate couple plans to defy eviction, "occupy" their home What's next for Occupy Detroit? Some members push voter registration http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-occupy-detroit-some-members-push-voter-registration <p>While the Occupy Detroit movement has vacated Grand Circus Park for the winter, they are not slowing down in getting their message out, and as the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/30/occupy-detroit-voter-registration-noel-night_n_1119940.html?ref=detroit">Huffington Post Detroit reports</a>, they are trying out new avenues to make an impact.</p><p>The Huffpost&#39;s Kate Abbey-Lambertz writes:</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:03:11 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5199 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for Occupy Detroit? Some members push voter registration Occupy Detroiters leave park ahead of deadline http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-detroiters-leave-park-ahead-deadline <p>Most participants in the Occupy Detroit movement have ended their stay in a downtown park as a permit for their<br />presence neared an end.</p><p>Last week, the Detroit City Council gave Occupy Detroit protesters a one-week extension until Monday night to remain at Grand Circus Park.</p><p>About 150 people were taking part in the protest that began Oct. 14. WJRT-TV reported Monday night that most participants were gone hours ahead of the deadline.</p><p>The city last month denied a request for a 45-day permit.</p><p>It wasn&#39;t immediately known if any of the protesters remained at the park late Monday. The Associated Press left a message for Detroit police seeking comment. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:46:45 +0000 The Associated Press 5098 at http://michiganradio.org "Occupy Detroit" camp avoids immediate shutdown http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-detroit-camp-avoids-immediate-shutdown <p>It looks like &ldquo;Occupy Detroit&rdquo;<a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111114/METRO01/111140381/City-Council--Occupy-Detroit-will-not-be-evicted-tonight"> won&rsquo;t be forced out of downtown Detroit&rsquo;s Grand Circus Park immediately</a>.</p><p>The group&rsquo;s permit expires Monday, but Occupy protesters want the city to extend it for another two weeks.</p><p>It appears they will do so, though the Detroit City Council won&rsquo;t finalize the issue until Tuesday. Detroit Police also say they&rsquo;ll follow the Council&rsquo;s lead, and won&rsquo;t evict protesters.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:44:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4986 at http://michiganradio.org End near for Occupy Detroit encampment? http://michiganradio.org/post/end-near-occupy-detroit-encampment <p>It appears the city of Detroit is looking to clear out the &ldquo;Occupy Detroit&rdquo; encampment.</p><p>&ldquo;Occupy&quot; campers have been settled in downtown Detroit&rsquo;s Grand Circus Park for nearly a month. That site has served as a gathering point for several larger protests.</p><p>But the group&rsquo;s permit is set to expire Monday. Officials indicated they&rsquo;ll then begin enforcing a 10 pm curfew at the park.</p><p>Participant Jessica Dawl said the &ldquo;Occupy&rdquo; group applied for permit extensions, which the city denied. She said it&rsquo;s widely thought the city is cracking down in advance of Detroit&rsquo;s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s definitely because of the parade,&quot; Dawl said. &quot;They don&rsquo;t want us here because of the parade. Because the bleachers are in this park&hellip;and it&rsquo;s national, on television. So, they don&rsquo;t want us there.&rdquo;</p><p>It&rsquo;s not clear whether all of the protesters plan to clear out voluntarily. Dawl said they will meet Saturday to decide their future course of action. Fri, 11 Nov 2011 02:21:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4943 at http://michiganradio.org Permit allowing group to 'Occupy' Detroit park to expire http://michiganradio.org/post/permit-allowing-group-occupy-detroit-park-expire <p>DETROIT (AP) - A permit allowing a group to camp out overnight &nbsp;in a Detroit park while protesting the roles of Wall Street and banks &nbsp;in the nation&#39;s economic troubles is scheduled to expire next week.</p><p>Lucianna&nbsp;&nbsp;Sabgash of Occupy Detroit said Thursday city workers &nbsp;have posted signs stating Grand Circus Park closes at 10 p.m. She says the permit runs out on Monday, but the group is &nbsp;expected to seek a renewal.</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:25:49 +0000 The Associated Press 4935 at http://michiganradio.org Permit allowing group to 'Occupy' Detroit park to expire "Occupy" movement comes to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/occupy-movement-comes-detroit <p>Hundreds of people of all ages turned out in downtown Detroit for an event they&rsquo;re billing &ldquo;Occupy Detroit.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s part of a movement that started on Wall Street and has spread across the country.</p><p><em>&quot;It&rsquo;s to wake up,&quot;</em> said Dobey Gavin of Detroit.<em> &quot;With the trickle-down economics, it just don&rsquo;t work no more in America.&quot;</em></p><p>Richard Black is an Army veteran from Warren. He says he&rsquo;s never come out to protest, but he&rsquo;s fed up. Especially with politicians.</p><p><em>&quot;I don&rsquo;t believe that they work for the people any longer, I think they work for whoever pays them,&quot;</em> he said. <em>&quot;And it&rsquo;s got to stop. It&rsquo;s got to stop.&quot;</em></p><p>Protestors plan to meet at 7 p.m. to talk about goals for the movement in Detroit.</p><p>Some of the protestors plan to pitch tents and take up residence in Grand Circus Park, near the stadiums and theater district. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:57:59 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4598 at http://michiganradio.org "Occupy" movement comes to Detroit