Occupy Chattanooga Take Anti-Foreclosure Petition To FSG Bank

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 11/19/2013 8:26 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Over a dozen Occupy Chattanooga members visited FSG Bank on Broad Street at noon Tuesday.

All to help one former St Elmo home owner.

Robert Smith,"My 150,000 dollar house that I had made beautiful was being taken from me for 25,000 dollars"

The former homeowner Bob Smith says he has paid off one mortgage but got sick, couldn't work or pay his second mortgage and now he's left homeless.

"I could have filed bankruptcy, but I just felt in my heart why should I file bankruptcy because i'm not bankrupt"

Baris Gursakal and other Occupy members collected 450 signatures from across the US in the hope of reversing the bank's decision.

"It's not just shelter, it's where they have lived their lives, it's where they grow up, they put their heart and soul, sweat and blood"

Pastor Brian Merritt offered spiritual support at the protest and  says this is a real issue affecting people all across the country.
"We have a group that is growing in the area, that does home defence, that helps people, there have been 4 million people foreclosed"

A Member of FSG's marketing team accepted the petition addressed to bank management and had no comment to make on the matter.

The home is almost one hundred years old .

A week ago Bob came to check his mail to find the locks had been changed and he couldn't get inside"

For now Occupy Movement members say they will not give up on Bob's case until his home is given back.

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