By now, most people have heard the story of the Pittman Family whose home sits at 404 Glen Iris Drive in Atlanta. In November 2011, Eloise Pittman, the owner of the home and matriarch of the Pittman family passed away from cancer. It was only after her death that the family realized the home had been foreclosed on by Chase Bank and that Eloise had been the victim of multiple predatory loans. On December 6, 2011 with the help of Occupy Atlanta, the Pittman’s launched an occupation of the home, vowing not to leave and fight Chase Bank to keep the home that had been in their family since 1953.
One year later, after countless bank actions, petition drives, call-in days, and events at the home, the Pittman’s are finally able to declare victory. Chase Bank sold the home to the Pittman family for a small fraction of what they had originally demanded. Not only did they succeed in winning back their home, they were also able to take the home out of the speculative market, and away from the control of the bank.
“For my family, facing foreclosure was like running into a dead end, but working with Occupy for the last year showed us that somewhere down the line there is room to turn around,” said Carmen Pittman, Eloise’s grand daughter, and the most visible member of the family’s struggle. Earlier this year, Carmen was even arrested for sitting down in a Chase Bank branch and refusing to leave until they returned the deed to her home. “Until the banks start putting people before profit, I am dedicating my life to this fight, and spreading the amazing feeling of fighting back and winning.”
Today marks the one year anniversary of the launch of the Occupy Homes Movement, and the beginning of a new chapter for the Pittman family and the thousands of others who are fighting for the right to stay in their homes where they belong.
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