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Civil Disobedience 2009 Edition: Resisting Home Foreclosures

Homeowners soon to lose that title are finding support form neighbors, community activists, and law enforcement officials alike. A civil disobedience campaign is sweeping the country, and many facing foreclosure are refusing to leave their homes.

Community activist group ACORN has launched a Home Defender campaign, training teams to organize on short notice before an officers arrives to evict a family. The teams will gather family and friends to meet at the home, while others will alert the media that a family is about to resist an eviction. ACORN is also recruiting lawyers to defend the civil disobeyers free of charge.

In some counties, government officials are refusing to enforce evictions, too. A sheriff in Ohio said: "This is a cold place in the Winter and I will not give people a death sentence for not paying their debts."

If banks and corporations get help facing the consequences of bad financial decisions, should individual homeowners get a break, too?


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