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Who we are
Occupy Homes MN is a member-led grassroots organization that identifies housing instability as a result of an economic system that privileges the greed of the richest 1 percent over the human rights of low income people and communities of color.
Born of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we believe the people who live and work in our communities should democratically control their land and housing, not the big banks who gambled with our homes and crashed the economy.
We work to defend our neighbors from foreclosure and homelessness by halting evictions through public pressure and mass mobilization, while developing leadership and building consciousness among all members of the community. We seek to unite homeowners, tenants, and people experiencing homelessness to fight for safe and equitable housing as a human right through policy and system change.
- General Meetings: Weekly planning meetings for upcoming events and actions are held Saturdays at noon. The third Saturday of the month the general meeting is replaced by the member meeting. These meetings are currently held at Jaymie's house: 3753 11th Ave S, Minneapolis.
Member Meetings: Members attend one meeting and one event a month in addition to paying dues. At the monthly member meetings, members vote on proposals for campaigns, organization structure, and adding people to the coordination table. Member meetings occur the 3rd Saturday of the month.
- Proposals: Proposals can be written by any member and passed on to the coordination table for discussion. The coordination table emails proposals to the membership before the member meeting. All attempts are made to send proposals out at least 2 weeks before the member meeting. Proposals pass with 66% majority vote.
- Coordination Table: The people at this meeting are elected at the membership meeting. The coordination table proposes the agenda and facilitators for general meetings and member meetings. On weeks that OHMN does not have member meetings the coordination table makes decisions about endorsements and immediate spending of over $200.
- Occupy Our Homes - The national movement that supports Americans who stand up to their banks and fight for their homes.
- Neighborhoods Organization for Change (NOC) - A member-led, grassroots organizing nonprofit committed to building power for low- and moderate-income Minnesotans. Together, NOC members from across the Twin Cities fight for racial and economic justice through powerful, active campaigns to improve public schools, stop the foreclosure crisis, increase civic engagement, and make corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. NOC is also a member of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy.
- Right to the City (RTTC) - A national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations. RTTC seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more.
- Macalester KWOC (Kick Wells Fargo Off Campus) - A coalition of Macalester student organizations and community members coming together to bank ethically and do our part to end the foreclosure crisis.
- Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) - A coalition of over seventy organizations working together to strengthen peace and justice in Minnesota. MAP helps its member organizations share resources, insights and ideas and devise cooperative strategies to accomplish common goals.
- Home Defenders League - The Home Defenders League is a national movement of underwater homeowners and our allies fighting Wall Street to get back what Wall Street stole from us and for a stronger economy for all of us.
- October 2011 - Occupy movement begins in Minnesota.
- November 2011 - Occupation of Monique White's house begins, the first homeowner in the country to fight for her home with the Occupy movement.
- February 2012 - Bobby Hull wins loan modification with principal reduction, marking first win for Occupy Homes MN.
- May-June 2012 - 39 arrested at the Cruz house demanding a loan modification from Freddie Mac and PNC Bank.
- January 2013 - Occupy Homes MN reclaims first vacant home, Jessica's house, to house people experiencing housing instability, launching our Home Liberation project.
- February 2013 - Launch of Eviction Free Zone in Central and Powderhorn neighborhoods.
- May 2013 - MN Homeowner Bill of Rights signed into law with help from grassroots pressure from Occupy Homes MN, creating one of the strongest homeowner bill of rights in the country.
- July 2013 - Occupy Homes launches eviction defense of Ceballos home, first in Eviction Free Zone and we're still there.
September 2013 - Occupy Homes launches eviction defense of Jaymie's house and we're still there.
- November 2013 - Occupy Homes comes within 229 votes of electing one of our core members to Minneapolis City Council.
- December 2013 - Occupy Homes expands home liberation work into North Minneapolis, reclaiming vacant homes for those experiencing housing instability.
- January 2014 - Ed DeMarco steps down as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency after "Dump DeMarco" campaign; Mel Watt confirmed as new director.