It’s happened again.
Occupiers took over a house owned by 66 yr old Gloria Canson in Portland, Oregon.
There have been similar stories in other areas, such as in Seattle , where they occupied and completely destroyed a home owned by Denmark West, who was fixing it up for a low income family, and in Brooklyn, NY, where they perpetrated a fraud on the media with the assistance of Congressional candidate Charles Barron and stole the home of Wise Ahadzi for months, damaging it significantly.
Gloria Canson had lived in her house for over 30 years. A school teacher, Gloria had gotten behind on her mortgage payments by about $7000 due to a stay in the hospital and high medical bills. So when she received a letter telling her that she was in foreclosure and under eviction, she took it seriously. She called the number listed but was unable to get through to anyone.
Rather than be evicted, she moved out of the house, believing her house had been foreclosed.
A few weeks later, Occupiers moved into her home. According to the Oregonian, nearly a dozen people have lived in the home, rent free, since then. The Occupiers started receiving mail at the address, signed up for Internet and one of them put the water bill in his name.
The bank sent Gloria more notices when her loan was sold, and it was at that time she realized that she still owned her home, and her home had never been foreclosed. The bank confirmed that the letter sent to her was, in fact, a forgery.
She went home in March, intending to sell her house, and found the Occupiers there. Occupier Bryan Wiedeman had put the water bill in his name. A bill left in the house indicated he owed $530. Weideman had actually been arrested last month at the house, on charges of vandalizing ATMs and banks, part of Occupy Portland actions, according to the Oregonian. Occupiers had changed the locks on her house and told Gloria that they were legally renting her home, fixing it up for “American Properties”. As Gloria sagely observed to news media, there is no “American Properties”.
On Thursday, police served a warrant on the Occupiers and on Friday, police executed the warrant, evicting them. Police said they found anarchist materials inside, including the addresses of vacant homes as well as information on how to pick locks. They found that some of the squatters were repeat offenders, including Kerry Cunneen. After police arrested Kerry Cunneen in February for squatting in a home in the 4900 block of North Minnesota Avenue, she moved to Canson’s home.
Occupiers denied sending Canson the forged letter and one apologized to Canson, saying “we thought it was owned by the bank”. Canson called their actions “morally incomprehensible”.
See video of Gloria and media confronting Occupiers here.
Charles Barron isn’t taking the loss well.
He lost badly to Hakeem Jeffries in the 8th district Congressional Democratic primary race, which is primarily Brooklyn. Jeffries, who was endorsed by party leaders, got 71.9 percent of the vote. Barron, endorsed by the unions and outgoing Congress member Ed Towns, received 28.1 percent of the vote, which translated to about 10,000 votes.
In part, the election was a bit of a test of the strength of the unions, the local union DC-37 and parent AFSCME, who objected to Jeffries’s pro-charter-school stand.
But also included in the mix was Barron’s long history of making incendiary remarks, everything from calling Thomas Jefferson a pedophile to making remarks about Jews and gay people, as well as supporting dictators. He has spoken of wanting revolution and fighting capitalism, noting that he does not want Obama to do anything to fix the economy, since that would only prolong capitalism. He has called Israel a “terrorist state”, and been endorsed by David Duke. He supported OWS including an action to take a man’s home, that was characterized as “taking a home back from the banks”.
See more background here.
His severe loss did nothing to gag his venom. He denounced the media as “really lowlife scum” and he refused to concede defeat.
“At the risk of sounding like a sore loser, honesty compels me to say there will be no congratulatory statement to the opposition tonight, only because of the way the campaign was run,” Barron was quoted as saying by the New York Daily News.
“We had them scared from the very beginning,” Barron claimed. “There’s something bigger than politics and that’s a movement. A movement of the people. We have that here tonight. When we launched this campaign, we knew we were going up against…the entire New York Democratic political leadership.”
While Jeffries espouses support such things as charter schools, he also had the support of the Working Families Party(rebranded ACORN).
In December, OWS seized a house in Brooklyn claiming they were taking back a foreclosed home from Bank of America to give it to a homeless family. There was great fanfare, including speeches by Charles Barron, NYC City council member.
Except it was all a lie.
The home had not been foreclosed yet, and was still owned by Wise Ahadzi, a single dad with two daughters. OWS was fully aware that he still owned the property, as was Charles Barron, according to Mr. Ahadzi.
The “homeless family” never moved in; instead it became another squat for OWS members, who destroyed the property.
According to the NY Post, it’s finally unoccupied. Police arrested six OWS members:
Mohammed Olivo, 22, of The Bronx, was charged with resisting arrest and burglary. Also charged with burglary were: Carlos Goodall, 18, of Valhalla, NY; Mitchell Hundt, 20, of Chicago; Sean Gregg, 18, of Philadelphia; Terrence Hubbard, 23, of Ohio; and East Village resident Decorrus Jones, 25, who has been arrested 31 times for crimes like trespass and petit larceny. “He steals a lot,” cops said of Jones.
Wise Ahadzi, the property’s owner, was thrilled that cops collared the people who were preventing him and two daughters from getting back into their home.
“I’ve been angry since Day One,” Ahadzi said. “I told them that I didn’t want anybody there.”
The bill to fix the damage is at least $12,000, a source said.
“We’re exploring the possibility of assisting him with repairs to the property,” said Bank of America spokesman T.J. Crawford.