Take Back the Land leads forclosure protest

April 27, 2011
Channel 3000

Madison Group Protests M&I Bank Foreclosure- Protesters Say Housing Rights Are Human Rights
MADISON, Wis. -- The Dane County Courthouse was the site for protests on Tuesday morning.Volunteers with Take Back the Land-Madison were protesting a home foreclosure by M&I Bank. They called for an end to bailing out the banks instead of people.


Demonstrators with the local chapter of the national group say housing is a human right, not a way for banks to make a profit."You are bailing out your own who have money and have these things paid for, but those who are struggling in this economy, you're willing to just up and throw them out because of a foreclosure," protester Kimayana Johnson said.The tenants had been homeless before living in the Hammersely Road home that is being foreclosed.In court on Tuesday, the home was foreclosed but the tenants are allowed to live there until their lease ends in June.The group said despite the foreclosure, Tuesday's protest was a success. They said that if it hadn't been for the protests, they believe the house would have been vacated immediately.