Chicago Anti-Eviction & Occupy Our Homes occupying to stop unlawful eviction of Pat Hill

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Occupy Chicago Press Relations
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As of Monday, March 19 the occupation to stop the unlawful eviction of the Patricia Hill family home by Bank of New York Mellon (BoNYM) enters Day 11. The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign (CAEC) and Occupy Our Homes are maintaining a 24-7 vigil at the home, 3811 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago until BoNYM and its agents call off the eviction and return to negotiations with Hill based on the actual current value of the home.

On March 9, about 40 people stood in solidarity at the Hill family home to block attempts by BoNYM agents to evict the family and remove the contents from the home (see video here).
http://youtu.be/P5MNGwt5LiI

This weekend has been pretty quiet. There have been no direct communications from the bank to Patricia Hill or her attorneys, no visits by bank agents and no attempts by law enforcement to remove us from the home. But we will remain diligent- the occupation is not leaving until the Hill family is secure in their home.

Occupy Our Homes & CAEC are asking all supporters who oppose the questionable & destructive practices of the banks to take the following actions:

In Chicago:
- join us at a scheduled hearing where a Cook County Circuit Court Judge will hear a motion by Hill's attorney to reverse the eviction order against two of her tenants:

Friday, March 23, 2:00 p.m.
Daley Center, 118 N. Clark Street (Clark & Randolph Streets), Chicago
Room 1406
Courtroom of Associate Judge Leonard Murray

- join our 24-hour per day vigil at 3811 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Even a few hours of your time is a tremendous show-of-support for both the family & Occupiers.

Across the country:
- This week Occupy Wall Street will hold a solidarity action at a BoNYM office in New York City. We're asking for people to organize similar actions at BoNYM offices & affiliates around the country.

To all:
- call the following institutions & demand that they'll be no further eviction attempts and that BoNYM & its agents resume good-faith negotiations based on the actual current value of the Hill family home:
Bank of New York Mellon
Headquarters New York- 800-254-2826
Chicago- (773) 763-5631

Arthur Cirignani/Chicago Realty Partners - (312) 575-0100

Cook County Chief Circuit Court Judge Timothy C. Evans- (312) 603-6000

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart- (312) 603-6444

- visit BoNYM's "Contact Us" page and leave a comment about how you feel about their efforts against the Hill family and the millions of others under threat of losing their homes:
https://www.bnymellon.com/contact/index.cfm?id=community

- Donations-
The Cook County Sheriff didn't give us advance warning to prepare this 24-7 home defense and we find ourselves in need of supplies, such as:
- food & drink
- toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
- toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
- linens & towels
- office supplies (pens, pads, copy paper, etc.)
Also: we could use those with access to copy machines for flyers.

Of course, anyone who really wants to make a cash donation is more than welcome; unfortunately we don't have a PayPal or similar account- you'll have to contact me directly.

To learn more, please visit:

You Tube videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWOMHtEZrrc
http://youtu.be/OyeTKKqAuHY

http://chicagoantieviction.org/
http://occupyourhomes.org/

For interesting reading: BoNYM's statement on their commitment to human rights:
http://www.bnymellon.com/about/humanrights.html

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