Members of Occupy Denver disrupt foreclosure auction

February 16, 2012 in Event

Denver’s Foreclosure Working Group (FWG), with members from Occupy Denver, Occupy Littleton, and the Colorado Progressive Coalition, conducted a foreclosure auction disruption in downtown Denver today, with testimonials and an anti-foreclosure song. After an outdoor rally against the auction and bank settlement the previous Thursday, the FWG, which was formed about two months ago to organize communities and fight fraudulent foreclosures, vowed to return. And return they did! The FWG will continue to organize in their communities and continue to take direct action, disrupting auctions and occupying the homes of those threatened with eviction. Join us!

Chad Kautzer, an Occupy Denver participant writes:

Before the disruption started, Sindee Wagner, Chief Deputy Public Trustee defended the auctioning off people’s homes, saying that buyers “do a valuable service,” and that “Some of you [buyers/bankers] are a little snakey, but I don’t care. I don’t care what happens outside my world.” Then came Tenaj Tannenbaum, a deputy public trustee, who conducts the auction. She began by complaining about the Denver Post’s description of her in a column by Chuck Murphy last week. When the disruption started by members of the Foreclosure Working Group, including folks who have been foreclosed upon, Tannebaum ridiculed them, telling them to “go back to their parent’s basement”. Disgusting. If anyone doubts the systematic fraud in this foreclosure process, I recommend a recently released audit in California (see the New York Times article on Feb. 16: “Audit Uncovers Extensive Flaws in Foreclosures” by Gretchen Morgenson), which looked at 400 foreclosures. The result? “About 84 percent of the files contained what appear to be clear violations of law, it said, and fully two-thirds had at least four violations or irregularities.” You shine a light on this process with a real investigation and you’ll find the corruption and theft. People won’t stand for this any longer!

When finally kicked out of the auction, FWG participants broke into song:

Listen auctioneer,
All the people here,
Are asking you to halt the sales right now.
We’re going to survive,
but we don’t know how.

Read more about this action from the Westword.