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Resist, Reclaim, Recreate

Andy Stern Dec 21, 2011

Wall Street banks have turned millions of Americans out of their homes since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007. On Dec. 6, Occupy activists in more than 20 states teamed up with local community organizations to start moving people back into some of those foreclosed homes. In New York City, hundreds of protesters from Occupy Wall Street and other community groups marched through the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York to highlight the large number of foreclosed homes there. The march culminated in the community helping the family of Alfredo Carrasquillo and Tasha Glasgow reclaim a Bank of America owned home at 702 Vermont Ave. that had been vacant for three years.

A Christmas tree outside of 702 Vermont Ave.

A crowd enjoys a housewarming block party during the Dec. 6 action.

Carrasquillo speaks with Occupy Wall Street volunteers inside an occupied foreclosed home.

Tasha Glasgow, 30, and her son, Alfredo, Jr., in another foreclosed home they have been staying in, along with her daughter, Tanisha (not pictured).

Alfredo Carrasquillo, 27, meets his new neighbors outside the foreclosed home he is occupying.

Volunteers from Occupy Wall Street help clean up garbage from inside an occupied foreclosed home.

Carrasquillo speaks with Occupy Wall Street volunteers inside an occupied foreclosed home.

Carrasquillo rides the subway home after speaking at an NAACP rally.

New York City Councilmember Charles Barron (second from right) marches with hundreds of protesters from Occupy Wall Street and other community groups through the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York to highlight the large number of foreclosed homes there.

–Additional photography by Liz Borda