An activist with ACORN — the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now — faces criminal charges after breaking into a home in southeast Baltimore on Thursday to protest the foreclosure crisis sweeping the country.
"This is our house now," ACORN member Louis Beverly reportedly said after cutting a lock with bolt cutters at the home.
Beverly will be charged with fourth-degree burglary, according to Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police. Attempts to reach his attorney, Justin Brown, were not immediately successful.
Donna Hanks, who owned the home since 2001, lost it in September when she couldn't make her $1,995 mortgage payments. It was not immediately clear whether Hanks re-entered her home last week, but she was not expected to be arrested, Guglielmi said.
At least the homeowner was not implicated in this arrest. This is absolute lawlessness on the part of ACORN and it's organizers. Further down the article is an even more aggregious quote by Joe Cox, an ACORN organizer,
"We understand people have to do their jobs and we hope that they understand that we're doing this to highlight the issue."ACORN plays the victim card again. Don't blame me, I just had a $2,000 mortgage I couldn't afford. Blame the banks, they're the bad guys. When they [ACORN activists] want to break the law to make a point, they should be arrested. This is not a case of civil rights, this is blatant lawbreaking. Just because no one is living in the house doesn't mean they can just break in and squat and claim it.
Cox said he expects homesteading — refusing to vacate a foreclosed property — will become common as blame for the foreclosure crisis increasingly shifts from homeowners to financial corporations.
"This program is saying, 'We are not going,'" Cox said last week. "People say we're breaking the law, but we don't see how putting a person back in an abandoned property is harming anyone."