Neighborhood Improvement

Home Liberation 102

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In this next edition of Home Liberation, we bring you an exclusive interview with Michelene and Reneka, fresh from being released from Fulton County Detention Center. This interview covers the women's experience of becoming homeless (they prefer the term "Displaced"), bouncing from shelter to shelter, meeting the Occupy Our Homes Atlanta movement, liberating a local home, and then losing the home and being arrested. After a night in jail, the women were fired up and ready to tell their story. This is a classic example of everyday people finding themselves in an extraodinary situation, and finding support and strength from friends and strangers alike. This film runs 48 minutes.

Home Liberation 101

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Do you have a home, with heat, food, and indoor plumbing? Maybe you have a fireplace or a special room with a rec center. So many people in America have none of these things, but are trying to find ways to have the most basic housing. Michelene and Reneka are two women in Atlanta who were fed up with being homeless and bouncing between shelters in the city. With the help of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, and support of a local church and residents in the Pittsburgh neighborhood, these two women and their two kids made history in Atlanta by liberating and moving into an abandoned home. Within days this unused house soon had lights, heat, water, food and toys for the kids all donated by local supporters. But within 6 days, Atlanta Police along with representatives from M&T Bank (the absentee owner) were evicting this family and arresting the women for trespassing. This show is a report on the eviction aftermath. It runs 30 minutes.

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