OccupyMN Fences Off A Foreclosure-Free Zone In S. Mpls

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The group Occupy Minnesota stepped up their efforts Saturday to prevent foreclosures.

Occupy Minnesota set up a fence around an entire south Minneapolis neighborhood block and they call it a foreclosure-free zone.

They want to save the home of Bobby Hull, a former Marine and Vietnam War veteran. He has lived in his home since 1968.

Recent health problems caused Hull to fall behind on his mortgage.

Hull and his family will be evicted this month if the bank doesn’t modify his loan.

“They have been calling me, trying to negotiate,” Hull said.

Organizers say Bank of America can start the foreclosure process after Feb. 17.

  • Greg

    I hate to ask this, but if he has lived in his home since 1968, then why isn’t it paid for?

    • dontbeajerk

      People re-finance or take equity loans out all of the time. Just because the house may have been paid at one point for doesn’t mean that the person won’t ever run into a situation (such as health problems noted) that requires them to borrow money which usually is secured against an asset (like the house).

      • Greg

        Taking equity out doesn’t justify the fact that if you run out of fund you don’t have to pay. In this particular instance because this gentleman is a Vietnam Vet, and appears to have, we (as the government) should pay for this guys mortgage and help him get the tools he needs to get back on his feet. or the help he needs. It’s not the banks fault he borrowed against his house. The bank shouldn’t be punished for a flaw in our protection to help verteran.

        • Christy

          Government gave billions, no my mistake trillions to banks (including foreign). They claimed that this would help reduce foreclosures. It hasn’t, foreclosures continued to increased in the last 4 years. The government is in part to blame, but so are these banks. Also these banks aren’t even considering loan modifications, that home owners have spend hundreds of dollars to get drafted. So please tell me what is fair about giving billions of our tax dollars to the bank in exchange for empty promises? We have a criminal system, if your do something wrong, you should be punished for it. Government hasn’t punished these banks, so people are starting to.

  • Brett

    Good question, especially considering that when he bought it, he probably paid less than $40K for it (give or take). Looks like the cops will be needing that pepper spray and water cannon after all….

  • Bill Clintons Cigar

    Why does WCCO keep reporting on these six morons? Is this really news? Who freakin cares?

    • Larry

      I agree!!!

  • Kevin

    Oh come on guys….give them a break this time! At least they are not protesting at a Bachman speech! Who care if this guy has re-financed his arse off? What a touching story….sniffle…..sniffle….a vetern…..throw in a little illness…..add in an evil bank who expects someone to follow the legal contract they signed…..sniffle….sniffle…..and lets be serious….that plastic fence will make all the evil go away! And maybe soon Obami will force all those evil banks to re-finance everyones mortgage…well…at least those who have stopped paying their mortgage…..those who have kept up on their mortgage…well…..scr*w em….

    • ima

      How do you know that he did not try to stimulate the economy with several failed business plans by leveraging his house. He can blame both the failed polices of the Bush administration a well as the failed stimulus packages of the O bam a administration and be non partisan.

      • frozenrunner

        that is Obama, funny what the auto spell check on safari will do.

      • Brett

        Best bogus bidness plan I’ve ever seen….Go ahead though and blame it on BUSH, even though he never heard of the fraudulent MFer.

  • Randy

    I’m guessing if a butterfly landed on their fence it would collapse.

  • dah968

    If these people are SO concerned about the Veteran losing his home, why don’t they really do something about it. Like catch the guys mortgage up for him. I’m not saying he shouldn’t have to pay his own bills, but if they are really that concerned about the guy, put up or shut up. What is putting a little fence around the area and protesting going to do for the mortgage.

    • Christy

      Sounds like an advocation of Redistribution of wealth, but i’m sure you’d be totally against something like that.

    • Phiiiiid

      One would think that with the money they spent on the fence, with any money spent on food while they “protest”, and by passing the hat around to other “occupiers”, that these people could have helped the guy get caught up on his mortgage.

  • Joy in Jesus!!

    Once Rick Santorum becomes president all will be well.

    • Brett

      So what do you know, that the rest of us don’t?

  • Bud

    Hell, i thought Bobby Hull was a hocky player

  • Guy in little red truck

    BOO HOO if you agree to pay for something and you don’t you lose plain and simple there idiots.

  • Barney

    I am not part of the 1% but I am certainly not part of this rabble. I think these losers are the real 1/10 of 1% who don’t want to work for anything.

  • The Infidel

    “They have been calling me, trying to negotiate,” Hull said.

    And you haven’t come to terms with them why? Sounds to me like the evil bankers are trying to reach out and come to a resolution. How dare they try to work with you! (Sarcasm off..)

  • Bill

    First, He is a Vietnam ERA veteran, not a Vietnam war veteran. He has tried to correct that mistake numerous times. The press likes the stimulous the title creates, I guess.
    Second his mother bought the house and he refinanced it to repair it for her prior to her death.
    Third he did own and operate his own contruction business for many years until it failed during the last couple years along with his health
    I know tese things because I am a Vietnam War Veteran with 34 months in VN and Mr. Hull is my brother.

    • loose stool

      Nice story wild Bill, time for me to take my morning cr@p.

    • you know what i mean

      Bill, this really don’t have a d@mn thing to do with being a Vietnam vet. It’s about making good on your obligations. The rest of us are held accountable, why shouldn’t he? So you and your *brother* can either come up with the money or go back to the Laundry Room on the carrier off the coast of Nam and blow Bob Hope.

      • Greg

        I don’t think there is a reason to be mean spirited about it, and I do understand the issue, but at the end of the day, if he can’t pay he may need to reconsider if he can afford the house.

    • blah b


      Thank you for the additional information. Can you comment on something which Bobby said in another interview? He stated that he refinanced to buy a second home. What is the deal with that? A vacation home? A rental for additional income? What happened to the other home? Does he still own it?

  • doit the right way

    If these protesters put as much time and effort into their jobs at Mc Donalds as they do into protesting, they would have earned enough to pay off this guys house. Did they bother to go to a bank and set up a fund? With what this guy has done for us and our country, I want to donate. What bank can I walk into and make a donation in his name? Oh, they did not do that you say? They just want the evil banks to give him money and everyone else too? You say it is not about us coming together and helping one another, but sticking it to the banks that serve so many vital purposes, that is what I thought…..

  • ipmutt

    Who are these terrorists that go in and take over property owned but other people. I am talking about the occupy terrorists. Being the criminals they are, why are they still on the street?

  • T

    I think it’s funy that less than 10% support the 99%. They need to all go home.

    • tired of all the lies

      fuuny how this mis information keeps getting repeated. 1% do not have 99% of the wealth. That is a made up number that has no bearing in fact. Why does this “news” organization continue to allow this lie to be repeated?

      • Christy

        That’s not what 1% or 99% means, it means that 1% or the population is the richest of the rich and 99% of it isn’t. In fact 1% of america controls little under 50% of the nations wealth. You haven’t done much looking into this.

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