January 20, 2011. Home Liberation Day 2
On day two of the Calumet Heights home liberation community groups held leadership meetings, the Anti-Eviction Defense Team met to discuss how to assist in the family’s transition, and the home liberation family packed for Saturday’s big move with much excitement.
Creating a safe community space and drawing attention to the issues of foreclosure, vacant property, the role of banks in crashing the economy, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color are major goals of the LSS Home Liberation Project. Community groups invited neighbors to join the leadership meetings and contribute to the discussion around the family’s transition. The conversations successfully set a moving strategy, helped compile some additional resources for the family, and propelled the Anti-Eviction team into action.
Members of the Anti-Eviction team assisted the family in packing, arranging for a moving truck, and pinpointing any additional needs for their transition into their new home. Liberated home occupant, Tene shared her hopes accessing affordable housing to shelter her family and fears that the banks would continue to terrorize the community with vacant homes and putting yet another working family on the streets. Her youngest daughter expressed her anticipation of moving into the new home by creating new hairstyles and clothes for each of her nine dolls before she packed them away for the move. “I will go to bed tomorrow with a warm roof over my head and wake up to a breakfast table with my family,” says the oldest son. His only regret was he could not share this experience with his two other siblings that are away at schools outside the city.