Occupy Our Homes Campaign Welcomed By African-American and Caribbean Residents In Brooklyn, NY

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Alfredo Carrasquillo’s family, together with other families and a large group of white occupiers in their early twenties took off Wall Street and marched to East New York, Brooklyn where they were welcomed and given support by African American and Caribbean residents.

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Teresa Bolton, one of the residents, welcomed the occupiers inside her home and served them with tea when they knocked on her door. According to her, she was not an active supporter of Occupy Wall Street, not until the occupiers marched on the streets of Brookyln and pleaded their campaign and their sentiments.

Other residents share Teresa Bolton’s stance by not minding that unlike them, the occupiers are not paying rent as the likes of Alfredo Carrasquillo and his family have occupied foreclosed homes around their neighborhood.  

Although it is perfectly acceptable and normal to worry about the authorities’ counteraction towards this new Occupy Our Homes campaign as a resident named James – who chose to have his last name remain anonymous- did so, his compassion prevailed as he thought of the people who have lost their jobs and homes.

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James agrees to what the banners for the occupied homes say which is, “Foreclose On Banks Not People.”  James reiterated how he worried about the dangers of supporting the occupiers may pose to him and his family. He added that he still worries that authorities may give them an unfriendly visit and pictures people being dragged out ofhomes. He simply hopes that this movement will spread on so that its significance will get stronger and thus be given full attention.

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