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As a Family Faces Eviction, Occupy Atlanta Shows Support in Gwinnett

Occupy Atlanta protestors trekked to the Snellville area to help a family keep their home.

(Editor's Note: This article was originally published November 7, 2011.)

On Monday, Nov. 7, Occupy Atlanta took their issues to the suburbs in hopes of helping the Rorey family keep their home.

The Snellville family of five, including two school-age children, has lived in their Shoreside Circle home since 2003. They are now facing a foreclosure.

Having never missed a payment, problems started after the family met someone who promised to help them with a loan modification, according to the family's Tucker-based attorney Asim Alam. In July 2010, the family defaulted in order to take advantage of that loan modification. Soon after, the foreclosure process started.

That man, the attorney said, has since been arrested in other schemes.

"The Roreys represent probably the prime example of who the community at-large should be seeing as a victim and really scratching its head, wondering what is going on," Alam said.

Tawanna Rorey's husband, a 40-year-old law enforcement officer with DeKalb County, sent the Occupy Atlanta group a message last week. And, by Friday, Occupy Atlanta protestors were at the family's foreclosure court hearing.

"A lot of times people don't reach out because they don't know what to do," Rorey said, standing in the front lawn of her home. "They don't know where to go and who to get help from."

Now, the family's belongings are packed inside storage containers, and they are hoping goodwill intervenes on their behalf. The home, a place of birthdays, anniversaries and fun family events, is where the Roreys had planned to stay. Having moved from an apartment prior, Tawanna Rorey said the home was their dream.

"We're kind of just hoping that something bigger takes over and leads us in the direction we need to go," she said.

Stacey Bourbonnais, a spokeswoman with the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, said Monday that the pending foreclosure was "still with the courts."

As far as an eviction, "We do not have anything scheduled at this time," she said.

Occupiers say they plan to stay as long as it takes, and that they are prepared to be arrested if and when eviction time comes for the family. Some 20 people were camped out at the home -- including two tents in the front yard -- to show support.

Tim Franzen, an organizer with Occupy Atlanta, said foreclosures, like the one facing the Rorey family, are "a symptom of wealth and equity." If the country changed its economic priorities, it could work for everyone, he added.

He added that the situation here in the outskirts of Snellville could be anyone's.

"Everybody knows somebody that has been hit by this economic crisis of priority," Franzen said. "Everybody knows somebody who is under-employed. Everybody knows somebody who us qualified but who cannot get a job.

"We all know somebody who has fallen on hard times, stuck in debt, and now wondering where are they going to live, where they're going to work. This is hitting everybody."

Joy L. Woodson November 09, 2011 at 03:31 PM
P.S. Everyone I did ask Rorey attorney Asim Alam this question yesterday on the default. Awaiting a response.
Martin Altamirano November 10, 2011 at 03:56 PM
The actual society and goverment system is failing to tons of average people, and is sad that when someone ( in this case OA) is denuncing in mass what people is talking about individually in their homes, jobs, etc, is sick that some profetional minded people like you Tiffany came and say that everithing is pointless. With minset of people like you, we will still under U.K. domination, where pointless give fredoom to slaves and even give rigths to blacks. Worthed goals are never easy, but if is worthed, why not start the process to evoy that families like this dont lose their homes.
Martin Altamirano November 10, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Hi miss Melinda! Did you do not support O,A, for Tried to make a new bridge to help people lossing their homes? The actual society and goverment system is failing to tons of average people, and is sad that when someone ( in this case OA) is denuncing in mass what people is talking about individually in their homes, jobs, etc, is sick that some profetional minded people like you Tiffany came and say that everithing is pointless. With minset of people like you, we will still under U.K. domination, where pointless give fredoom to slaves and even give rigths to blacks. Worthed goals are never pointless and easy, but if are worthed, why not start the process to evoy that families like this don't lose their homes.
Tiffany Wood Wong November 10, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Martin, I am honestly not quite clear on what you are trying to articulate with your post. If you read my post thoroughly, you would see that I did not say that everything is pointless. This *particular* situation is one that has already played out, and this family unfortunately made poor choices that lead to them facing eviction. OA's claims of fighting "foreclosure" are pointless because the foreclosure has already occured, and the home does not belong to them. What they are really doing is stalling/fighting an eviction. If you *really* want to fix this situation, find out what bank purchased the home on the courthouse steps and attempt to work out an arrangement with them, to either purchase or rent the home.
Ex-Wife August 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I am the mother of the daughter in college. Tawanna gave birth to two sons only. My ex-husband does not support our daughter in college who is only two hours away from his home. We reside in New York and he does not give a damn about her well being. I don't feel sorry for them at all. What goes around comes around. That is his MO, always trying to get over...they do not welcome my daughter to their home...

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