Editor: Here is an update of the “Occupation” of the house of a disabled and bedridden retired schoolteacher Lesliane Bouchard by her daughter Kristiane Chappell. Bouchard is in danger of having her home foreclosed up north in Murrieta in Riverside County. A number of Occupy San Diego activists were among those who joined in occupying her house. (See our earlier posts here and here.)
By Kristiane Chappell
Wanted to give you the link to the most recent press story on mom. I was on Fox 5 this morning, it went really well. I was interviewed by the Washington Post on Wednesday morning and it is supposed to be in the Sunday paper I believe. I have more interviews in the works. The campaign is up over 40 thousand as of right now, making it the 6th most popular Economic Justice petition of all time on Change.org and the numbers continue to go up. With planned events in the coming weeks, I am positive we will see another surge in signatures as we get more coverage.
As I think everyone knows by now, we had a one day Occupy movement at my mother’s house on December 15th. Roughly 60 people were able to make it, considering we had less than 48 hours to put that together (and the fact she lives fairly far from most major areas) I think it was a fantastic turn out. ACCE was instrumental in helping us make that happen, as was the Occupy San Diego group. There are pictures from the occupation linked on the petition updates page, as well as a link to the article that was on the front page of the North County Times the following day.
See Fox5 San Diego; see here for the Change.org petition.
I spoke to the Clement Ziroli last night for the first time. He insisted that First Mortgage will not participate in the program, but offered a modification that lowered per payment by 350 dollars by deferring part of the principle. That amount does not bridge the gap between her actual payment and her income sadly. We need the principle reduction to make it all work.
I will continue to post updates on Change.org, Facebook, blogs and such as we go.