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Evictions paving the road toward gentrification at Jordan Downs

February 19, 2014
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As if the health threats that come with living in spitting distance of a lead- and arsenic-contaminated industrial site aren’t enough of a worry, the impoverished residents of the Jordan Downs housing development have an even more pressing...
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Soil in Jordan Downs may be poisoning its residents

January 28, 2014
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It’s not necessarily the patchy linoleum flooring, the egg-white cinder block walls, or the bars against all the windows that gave Eleazer Acevedo’s unit at Jordan Downs in Watts, Los Angeles, its penitential quality—it’s more...
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Anti-Eviction campaigners put a little ‘sweat equity’ into South LA neighborhood

November 17, 2013
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Adam Rice is standing at the mouth of an alley in South Los Angeles. His long copper-blond hair is pulled back and around his neck is a breathing mask. He is sweaty from hours of picking up the dusty filth that completely fills the alley — discarded lumber, old carpets, paint cans, tires, pizza...
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The dubious seizure of Laurel Greenstein’s home

August 5, 2013
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The dubious seizure of Laurel Greenstein’s home

When Laurel Greenstein filed for bankruptcy in May of last year, the filing should have stopped Wells Fargo & Co. from foreclosing on her Woodland Hills home. That is until attorneys working for Wells Fargo put Greenstein through, what she describes as, an “excruciating journey filled with horrifying discoveries.” Now, at nearly 60 years...
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Homeowner advocates go after Wells Fargo’s bottom line

June 24, 2013
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A Wells Fargo & Co. branch in Hollywood locked its doors on the afternoon of Saturday, June 22 when faced by a group of foreclosed homeowners and their supporters. The homeowners wanted to close their accounts in an act of protest against the bank’s foreclosure practices. They took turns sharing their foreclosure stories while...
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Spying, gentrification and the Google connection

June 20, 2013
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With the recent revelations about the NSA’s domestic spying programs, Google has caught the attention of local activists for its role in the collection and sharing of personal information with the spy agency. At a June 15 news conference held in front of Google’s offices in Venice, activists cast a wide net of seemingly...
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Wells Fargo gets an angry May Day visit from homeowner advocates

May 2, 2013
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Upset with Wells Fargo’s foreclosure practices, protesters held a demonstration yesterday that briefly shut down one of the bank’s branches in downtown Los Angeles. The action was organized by Occupy Fights Foreclosures, an Occupy Los Angeles subcommittee that has been assisting homeowners fight what they consider are fraudulent foreclosures. About 80 activists, which included...
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Anti-eviction advocates open foreclosed home for owner

April 24, 2013
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Another set of locks has been broken on a foreclosed home, this time for South Los Angeles resident Cathelene Hughes. On Sunday, April 21, members of the Los Angeles Anti-Eviction Campaign broke the locks on Hughes’ home located on the 9800 block on South Wall Street. “This feels great,” said Hughes, 72, who had...
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Loan mods link homes in foreclosure revolt

January 4, 2013
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For months now, occupy activists have been conducting sit-in demonstrations at repossessed homes to fight what they argue are fraudulent foreclosures. Occupiers have been camped out at the Lucero residence in East Los Angeles for over 80 days now and at the Corona residence in Lincoln Heights since just before Christmas. Recently as well,...
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Occupiers open up foreclosed home for owner

December 23, 2012
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Protesting what they consider was a wrongful eviction, occupiers broke into a foreclosed home in Lincoln Heights tonight and gave it back to the homeowner. After Soledad Corona was approved for a loan modification, Bank of America, her mortgage provider, withheld her first payment, which caused her to go into default. The bank then...
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