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Take Back the Land Rochester Plans Eviction Blockade for Resident

george_petition_graphic-SRTake Back the Land Rochester, and other community members, will be holding a nonviolent community eviction blockade to keep George Douglass in his home Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The blockade will take place at Douglass’ residence, 95 Roxborough Rd.

According to organization officials, they will be willing to risk arrest as an act of civil disobedience in order to keep Douglass in his home, and reform the FHA government policy that incentivizes evictions and foreclosures for banks.

“Mass foreclosures and evictions only create more homelessness, displacement, vacant houses that fall into disrepair, and decrease the overall quality of life in a neighborhood,” the organization said in a statement. “Take Back the Land Rochester believes the whole community has a vested interest in keeping people in their homes.”

Wells Fargo has currently foreclosed on the home, and Douglass is in the process of being evicted from the property.

However, Douglass said, due to unemployment and his declining health; he has currently been unable to make full payments on the mortgage, but has also been denied a loan modification by the bank.

“I believe this to be both a moral question and an issue of justice,” Douglass stated. “Houses all over Rochester lay vacant, and in disrepair, due to unjust foreclosures. I will remain in my home. I am asking Wells Fargo to withdraw the eviction, and am working with Take Back the Land Rochester to launch a public campaign to shine light on Wells Fargo’s unjust practices. I join with them to oppose the mass evictions being carried out after foreclosure by the banks, causing untold suffering to thousands of people and dragging down our communities.”

The protest is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Wells Fargo did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter