An Iraq War veteran, in danger of losing her house to foreclosure received the best Christmas gift she could have hoped for. She'll get to stay in her home.
Brigitte Walker said it's all thanks to Occupy Atlanta, the same group of protestors who went to jail after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed evicted them from Woodruff Park earlier this fall.
"I know because of them I am still in my home," Walker said.
Walker was two weeks away from losing her home in Riverdale at an auction.
Walker lost half her income after an injury forced the military to discharge her. With her money cut, she could not make her mortgage payments on her home for more than a year.
For about 18 months, Walker tried to get her lender, Chase, to reduce her monthly payments. Chase says it tried to negotiate but she didn't accept.
Walker, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, said she does not remember an offer. Her home fell into foreclosure. The house was scheduled for auction on Jan. 3. Occupy Atlanta moved in earlier this month and began badgering Chase to negotiate.
"They got everyday people like myself involved. Everyday people contacting Chase and advocating for me, peaceful demonstrations, people calling and writing in," Walker said.
Chase called back, and a few days later, the bank and Walker struck a deal better than she had originally hoped for. "I feel a lot of stress is off me now. I feel like now we can celebrate the holidays," Walker said.
Civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery, who was part of the team that advocated for Walker, said Occupy Atlanta was the prime reason Walker got action.
"The voice of the people has been heard. We thank Chase for hearing the voice of the people," Rev. Lowery said. "They have become the conscience. They have touched the conscience of America."
Walker was thankful. "This is the best Christmas present,"she said.
A spokeswoman for Chase would not comment on whether Occupy Atlanta helped or not. But she did say, "We are very pleased we could help a military veteran who has sacrificed for our country."
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