February 05, 2013 Slideshows

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Occupy Our Homes Atlanta takes "Game of Homes" to foreclosure auction 

February 5, 2013 - Dozens of Occupy Our Homes Atlanta activists played an oversized game of Monopoly in the midst of monthly foreclosure auctions at the Fulton County Courthouse this morning, protesting what's been called a real-life Game of Homes. Large investment firms have been spending millions each month to buy up thousands of distressed homes around metro Atlanta. Their plan: convert the properties into rentals, pay investors with the monthly incomes, and possibly sell the homes a few years down the road when values improve. Read the full story.

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GAME OF HOMES: Occupy Our Homes Atlanta played an Atlanta-themed version of Monopoly in front of the monthly foreclosure auctions on Tuesday at the Fulton County Courthouse
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CHOPPING BLOCK: The first Tuesday of every month foreclosed and distressed properties go up for auction on the steps of county courthouses throughout Georgia.
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GOOD LUCK: Occupy Our Homes Atlanta activist Carmen Pittman asks investors to blow on her Monopoly dice for luck.
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CLOSE CALL: Nicholas Burraughs (center) narrowly avoided foreclosure last month after filing for bankruptcy the same day that his East Atlanta home went up for auction on the courthouse steps
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HOT SEAT: OOHA's Tim Franzen and Malik, an independent investor who declined to give his last name, exchange words at the protest
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MAKE ROOM: Fulton County Sheriffs charged with policing the courthouse clear the sidewalk, eventually stringing police tape to keep an open path into the building
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PEACEFUL PROTEST: A man (left) who declined to give his name walked through OOHA's game of Monopoly, kicking a pig and knocking over protestor Tim Franzen (and there's a video)
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GAME OF HOMES: Occupy Our Homes Atlanta played an Atlanta-themed version of Monopoly in front of the monthly foreclosure auctions on Tuesday at the Fulton County Courthouse
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