In January 2015, long-time Ellenwood, GA resident Michele Swan, with the support of her neighbors and Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, publically reclaimed her home. Evicted over the holidays by WRI Group, a subsidiary of American Residential Leasing Co., Michele has been locked in a battle with WRI Group to claim the house that has rightfully belonged to her since 2003. Michele won her home in a divorce settlement years ago, and WRI has refused to recognize her as the owner since her name isn’t on the original loan.
AFSC joined Occupy Our Homes Atlanta and DeKalb County residents who are facing eviction in staging a press conference in July at which speakers called for a more humane process for those facing eviction.
On November 18-20, 2011 the Atlanta Peace and Conflict Transformation Project will join thousands of social justice activists and organizations from across the Americas in occupying the main gates of Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia to call for an end to U.S. militarization and for the closure of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of Americas.
Sherrod Britton, 29, was initiated into the Bloods when he was 18 years old. He joined because he felt lost and wanted to be a part of something.
Sherrod was walking down Peachtree Street past Troy Davis three weeks ago and saw all the tents. "I wanted to know what was going on, so I stopped by, I haven't left since", said Sherrod.
Sherrod expressed feeling a deep connection to the message and process of Occupy Atlanta." I stayed for the common cause, speaking for the people. I feel strongly that we have the right to jobs, health care, and affordable higher education."
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AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
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