DC: Action at Chase for Deborah HarrisOccupyOurHomes on June 05, 2012
Yesterday retired paramedic Deborah Harris and activists from Occupy Our Homes DC took action at a Chase branch in downtown Washington DC as part of their fight to stop JP Morgan Chase from evicting her from her home.
ThinkProgress reported on the action:
Today, protesters sat outside a JP Morgan modification office near Franklin Square in downtown D.C., blocking the doors as activists called for the bank to modify the loan. Harris and other activists entered the office, asking to meet with bank officials. When Harris finally met with representatives from the bank, they denied responsibility, saying the loan was now in the hands of Freddie Mac, according to a spokesperson from Occupy Our Homes DC.
Multiple speakers, including Bertina Jones, another local homeowner whose home was saved by Occupy activists, called for action from JP Morgan.
“The banks and the lenders out there, they’ve got to understand that they received taxpayer money,” said Rev. Graylan Hagler. And because they received taxpayer money, we expect for them to take care of the common good. If they’re going to take that money, then they have to take care of everybody that they basically abused in the process.”
Occupy Our Homes DC reports that while actions will continue in support of Deborah Harris, they will be quickly pivoting to stop an eviction of Dawn Butler, whose home they had helped save in April. Stay tune for more updates on both fights.