A Fable Unfolded: ACORN and a Foreclosure “Victim”

By now you’ve heard the announcement from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) regarding the  launch of the Home Defenders Campaign, which seeks to use civil disobedience techniques, complemented by mass communication (texts, emails, social networking, etc.), to cull wide grassroots support for victims of foreclosure in at least 22 cities across the nation.

One particular case has caught my attention. It’s the case of the Donna Hanks foreclosure story. The more I read about her situation, the more the story “changed.” Read on because the “end” of this post might surprise you.

Apparently Hanks, according to one news article, is a victim. She says the bank refused to modify her loan and foreclosed, kicking her out of the house in September.

To her pleasure, ACORN stepped in to protect her, calling Hanks a victim of predatory lending. Breaking the foreclosure padlock off the front door they entered the property. Hanks reclaimed her former home and changed the locks.

An ACORN representative stated,  “We are actually trespassing, and so this is a way of civil disobedience to try to stay in the house. Legally it’s wrong, but homesteading is the only means that she has left to stay in her house. And we feel as though this is the right thing to do at this particular time to save this family.” Read more here

So far, the story seemed to be consistent from one article to another. Then the story took a turn today.

Initially, Hanks had commented that there was new paint on the walls and there was evidence that someone had been remodeling. Read more here

The story would change by a high level ACORN representative who stated in the six short months since the home was seized, it had been extensively damaged, essentially partially gutted. The toilets were missing, and the upstairs ceiling was badly damaged. Read more here

Then today I read rumblings on the internet that she wasn’t exactly a “victim.”

Donna Hanks initially purchased her home (… South Ellwood, Baltimore, MD 21224) on 7/06/2001 for $87,000. She re-fi’d in 2005 for $270,000, went into bankruptcy in 2006, and this was the 2nd foreclosure. The $300 a month was actually the $340 a month she agreed to re-pay as she was over $10,000 behind in her payments. The house was sold in July 08 and they couldn’t get her out until September 08 after not paying anything for over a year. Read more here

Checking the property and court records from the links provided in the above article did indicate a person by that name lived at that address and the foreclosure dates check out as well. Should you be a nonbeliever and feel compelled, the above article gives links to websites that show recorded documents to verify the allegations.

My question is: Where did that $270,000 go that she pocketed before she became a “victim”?

This month ACORN demonstrators appeared at a Washington DC office that holds foreclosure auctions. Chanting “no sales here” they shut operations down for an hour.

Earlier in February, two bank executives from Rye, NY, and Greenwich, Connecticut respectively, resisting to help modify loans were visited at their residences by more than 300 people who showed up in an attempt to make their statement with slogans. Pitty their neighbors.

Demanding a moratorium on foreclosures, protesters have appeared in Boston, Detroit, Memphis and Cleveland to confront bankers. Read more here

To see a list of foreclosure statistics by state click here

Other articles of interest:
Foreclosures and illegals
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/foreclosures-illegals/

Illegal Aliens, the US Stimulus Package and the Age of Transparency Unveilled
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/hr-1/

Citizenship of Birth Entitlement to End
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/hj-res-6/

Tax Loophole Proposed
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/01/26/s-261s-261/

Information gathering on US citizens
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/hr-640/

Gun control legislation
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/01/19/hr-45/

Presidential term limits to vanish
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/01/10/hj-res-5/

Congress to meet in secret locations
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/h-con-res-1/

Social Security Funds for Native Hawaiian Healthcare
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2009/01/12/s-52/

What a Russian Newspaper had to say about our Obama
https://willnevergiveup.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/russia/

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2 Responses to A Fable Unfolded: ACORN and a Foreclosure “Victim”

  1. Crush says:

    The fact that ACORN is illegally breaking into and occupying private property should be an outrage! This is a nationwide effort. Those who are delinquent in their house payments have no right to keep something that they aren’t paying for.

  2. willnevergiveup says:

    ACORN’s activities are an outrage. It’s further outragous that the government is encouraging this behavior by funding this group either directly or indirectly through it’s numerous branch organizations.

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