"statement" or rather a 'response' to the political systems causing it.
During the period of global recession and increased housing foreclosures
in the 2000s, squatting became far more prevalent in Western, developed
nations. In some cases, need-based and politically motivated squatting
go hand in hand. According to Dr. Kesia Reeve, who specializes in housing
research, "in the context of adverse housing circumstances, limited
housing opportunity and frustrated expectations, squatters effectively
remove themselves from and defy the norms of traditional channels of
housing consumption and tenure power relations, bypassing the 'rules' of
welfare provision." In effect, beleaguered citizens living in a welfare
state that cannot provide them with adequate resources take action into
their own hands and squat.
Anita Beaty, executive director of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the
Homeless, said her group had been looking into asking banks to give it
abandoned buildings to renovate and occupy legally. Ms. Honkala, who was
a squatter in the 1980s, said the biggest difference now was that the
neighbors were often more supportive. “People who used to say, ‘That’s
breaking the law,’ now that they’re living on a block with three or four
empty houses, they’re very interested in helping out, bringing over
mattresses or food for the families,” she said.
Squatting and eviction defense have an even longer history in the US.
In a recent segment, Rachel Maddow pointed to Depression-era marches
and riots to return evicted families to their homes.
And during housing crises of the early 1930s, mobs armed with kitchen
utensils were reported to have rushed at police to defend foreclosed
homeowners, or caused distractions while a family's possessions were
brought back inside the house.
***It is not that hard to understand, how can people get a
home today when the pay they get is more likely low.
The economy is bad from greed and low wages for the rest.
No money is no sales, no life for anyone. Many get to the point,
they understand the rich don't care about them, the old system
does not work. It's said "God helps those that help themselves."
Being that such greed and that the 1% has most of the money
being the question to ask is how much do they take?
It's more than that house a Squatter would take!
It's human to take care of your family and yourself!
Many know and the numbers of squatters are growing!
They are getting support & a voice from others!
This is nothing new like in the Great Depression many
did the same! Now in the New Great Depression, here we are!
Taking a abandoned home is not a bad thing, being that many
in back wood towns everywhere they are now burning them down
to get the copper wiring!
The homes are going anyway! It would be best really to take
the homes not burn them! Burning the homes makes land with no
homes, being many can't afford a new home anyway in the end!
But the best view is to take that abandoned home, change the locks etc.
Fix it, bring it up, pay taxes on it. That helps your town, get more
tax dollars and brings up the property value around you and the
towns value also!
State Adverse Possession Laws!