When Occupy Redwood City members marched to on Dec. 6 in 2011, they . The 72-year-old would have been evicted in just eight days, but the bank extended the foreclosure date until Feb. 14.
However, Takla still isn’t feeling the love, and the bank plans to auction her home on Valentine’s Day. Today at 4 p.m., Occupy Redwood City and San Jose members plus the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) will Occupy the Chase Bank in front of the Westfield Valley Fair Mall to seek a loan modification for Takla.
She is still struggling with a loan she took seven years ago on a $150,000 down payment.
Going After Policy
For weeks, Occupy Redwood City members have gathered in Courthouse Square , even in the rain, for General Assemblies. Here, they've democratically discussed each person’s vision and goals for the movement, considering any and all ideas and concerns.
On Friday, talk will become action as the group passes resolutions on state and national policies. The group plans to endorse Assembly Joint Resolution 22 (AJR 22), put forward by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). AJR 22 calls upon Congress to reject corporate personhood and send a constitutional amendment to the states for ratification that would overturn the Citizens United ruling.
Since the Occupy group began meeting in October, Belmont resident Veronica Palmer, 63, has been attending meetings precisely to advance this particular agenda.
“I’m here to rally for social and income equality,” Palmer said. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
President Obama is the group’s next target, for implementing the Secure Communities program (S-Comm). Members argue that the program’s deportation of thousands of people has torn apart families across California. Since he took office until summer 2010, the administration has deported a million undocumented people nationally, more than any immediate past president, Occupiers said.
The group will join other Occupy groups, interfaith organizations and concerned citizens Saturday at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 1111 Gough Street in San Francisco at 2 p.m. to denounce S-Comm on a larger scale.
Archbishop George Niederauer, other Bay Area bishops and parishes will be calling on Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris to protest S-Comm.
Eating and Spending Local
After the General Assembly Friday, Occupy Redwood City members will host its first “Occupy Night Out” at at 8 p.m. As one of its , the Occupy members want to spend their dollars locally to ensure that their money stays in the community. It also gives community members a chance to chat with Occupy members in a more casual, relaxed setting outside of .
The group invites all community members to attend.
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