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Occupy Atlanta Saves Historic Church From Foreclosure

The Higher Ground Empowerment Center also known as Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church has been in Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood for 108 years. Despites its reputation for the help it has provided to hundreds of families in need of clothes, furniture and food, BB&T initiated foreclosure hearings without giving the church a chance to renegotiate its mortgage. Things rapidly changed after Occupy Atlanta intervened. Twenty four hours later, on Friday the 13th, after a press conference and after setting tents outside where occupiers spent the night in subfreezing temperatures, the bank changed its mind and offered to modify the terms of its loan.

The next day, January 14th, Occupy Atlanta reinforced its presence by canvassing the neighborhood to invite neighbors to support the church. Pamphlets were distributed to invite as many people to show up when bankers would come to negotiate with the pastor.

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