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broken dollarWhen an elderly woman from Harlem got wind of the Occupy Wall Street movement nearby, she saw an opportunity.

As she explained to a news reporter, she traveled to the neighboring Occupy Wall Street ‘headquarters’ where a number of protests were milling around.

There, this veteran activist and former nun recruited protesters to ‘occupy’ her apartment building, which she claimed was being neglected by her landlord.

Over the next few days, she told the protesters who sat in her living room how her landlord refused to replace the boiler, and would not allow access for maintenance workers to make repairs. Eager to champion her cause, a dozen or so protesters holed up in the basement of the building, demanding that the landlord come down there and open up the boiler room.

One of the protesters told the reporter that he was happy to be able to do something concrete which would help people.  One said that it was time to make the woman’s complaint a real issue.  Another young man equated the protest to helping oppressed Americans who have been victimized by the rich and greedy.

Oddly, however, the woman admits that other tenants in the building were not necessarily on her side. In fact, she implied that the tenants’ board may have opposed her actions in the past or may be looking for a way to get her out.  She described a much more complex history of the building’s earlier revival some three decades ago, and mentioned disagreements over how to proceed with–and pay for, the current revitalization.

According to the report, the landlord did succumb to the protesters’ demands after several days of ‘occupation’, and the receipt of a complaint from city building enforcement.

He did not offer any comment.

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  • And I’m sure that when the landlord makes a necessary rent increase to pay for the improvements, this “model tenant” will have a fit! I have had enough of the these “Occupy Everythingers.” Just where did all these people come up with the notion that the government is here to solve their problems and put them to work? The government’s main function is to protect our borders and maintain civility within them. And, while I agree that the bailout of big banks was wrong, I don’t see where protesting on Wall Street will help. They took whatever the government was willing to give them. Why don’t they Occupy Washington D.C. instead, since that is where the money came from!

  • mark

    Did the boiler get replaced? Sounds like it was. Good for the Occupy Movement Good for the elderly lady.
    Maybe the landlord will clean up his/her act. Who or which corrupt US government agency sets the model for the “Occupy” Movement?” The original occupy movement was started in the Department of Defense when they at the direction /manipulation by lobbyists and Congress and the Presidency invaded Korea, and then Viet Nam and then Iraq and Afghanistan under the guise of protecting America against communists and then terrorists

    Think of the crumbling infrastructure problems we have in this country. Maybe the DoD needs to invade the United States except the bloated generals, admirals and other patriots may not bee needed to occupy the US.
    Our huge over budgeted military types are still occupying Germany and other parts of Europe. “Gotta watch out for those Communist.” Maybe China, the largest communists government in the world and our largest trading partner, will invade the US and take over. ( I think it already has) . Look in Sears, Macy’s or Wallmart and I challenge you to find consumer goods not made in China!
    The difference I can see is they, the DoD are paid US citizens, who are fixing foreign countries with our tax dollars rather than spending the money within or boarders fixing boilers and other infrastructure problems. The military is being paid to “occupy” foreign countries under the guise of patriotism.
    We the occupy movement need to look no further than the Department of Defense as the greatest example of occupy movements in the history of the United States. I only wish the governments of Germany, Turkey, Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq would/could kick the US DoD out of their nations. It will save money. Right now the federal government is going bankrupt because of these expensive foreign capers and supporting dictators as well a trying to maintain by “Occupation” our petroleum imports.

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