99% Shuts Down Queens Foreclosure Auction with Song


Contact: OWS Press, 347-292-1444, press@occupywallst.org
For this action only: Michael Premo, 917.547.1292

QUEENS, NY– Organizing4Occupation (O4O) and Occupy Wall Street flooded the Queens Supreme Court–Queens being the borough hardest-hit by predatory loans and the foreclosure crisis–and shut down a foreclosure auction through the non-violent and beautiful recitation of the now-famous song “Listen Auctioneer.” 23 people were arrested today, February 17, as the singing citizen’s blockade halted the sale of foreclosed properties successfully blocked sales of foreclosed properties in October 2011 and January 2012 at the Brooklyn Supreme Court. Watch VIDEO

The beautiful sound of this well rehearsed activist choir is nothing short of arresting, as evidenced by the teary-eyed and grateful court officers previously in Brooklyn Supreme Court. While this moving action stops the sale of a handful of homes, it is also a call by O4O and OWS for a widespread moratorium on all foreclosures and Wall Street’s unchecked power to privilege profits over our right to housing.

The big banks were bailed out first under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”) and again in the recent settlement brokered by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

  • TARP gave the big banks the money they needed to stay afloat and, in return, it left to their discretion the decision whether to foreclose on families’ homes—rewarding the pursuit of profit over people.
  • Schneiderman’s settlement is a slap on the wrist that requires banks to pay some, not all, homeowners $2,000—an amount that, for many, would not even cover one month’s mortgage payment.

Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of disastrous neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. #OWS is the 99% organizing to end the tyranny of the 1%.

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