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True, it was kind of hard for Morgan Stanley to ignore us completely when the Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group occupied their Oakland offices and then started phone blasting their San Francisco Bay Area executive muckety-muck John Sheldon -- but ignore us for a while they did.

Jodie Randolph.

Then they started to say that they weren't the responsible party, even though the shell companies that have something to do with the deed to Jodie's house are wholly owned subsidiaries of Morgan Stanley (and don't have phone numbers associated with them and thus have no plausible way of being contacted.)

We marched with Jodie to John Sheldon's tower in San Francisco and, instead of meeting with Jodie, Morgan Stanley concluded that their best option was to shut down the entire skyscraper. This seems like a suboptimal solution to me but what do I know?

Perhaps at that point they realized that we were all of the same species (even if our modes of dress do not match and our wallet sizes are hardly comparable) and concluded that it would be best to sit down in a room and... negotiate.

So that's what's going to happen.

Yup. Jodie Randolph will be sitting down to negotiate with Morgan Stanley on January 3rd, 2013. They're even flying up a lawyer from Los Angeles for the occasion (no, I don't know why San Francisco lawyers don't cut it).


On the face of it, the negotiations should be straightforward. Jodie wants to stay in her house. Morgan Stanley has no particular interest in a cottage in Alameda, CA. It's not like John needs a place to live, or Morgan Stanley needs a safe house on the edge of Oakland. They should be able to come to terms.

Jodie Randolph and the Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group have been holding it down at Jodie's house since November 5th, 2012. And we'll be holding it down until this is settled.

As Jodie noted when this all started

"What do they want with my house?"

Tomorrow we get to find out. Stay tuned.

Here's the saga as it unfolded, and other links.

Jodie's Story as Told So Far in Daily Kos Diaries..

Day 1: If I'm in Jail When They Call Ohio Tomorrow For Obama...
Day 2: Update on #DefendJodie, The Woman Undergoing Cancer Treatments About to Be Evicted From Her House.
Day 3: The Realtor Arrives. The Realtor Threatens Jodie. Jodie Stays.
Day 5: We Shut Down Morgan Stanley's Phone Line.
Day 8: In Which We Are Contacted by An Alien Life Form.
Day 9: In Which The Issues of Foreclosure & Eviction Get International Attention.
Day 15: In Which We Prepare To Cross the Great Sea.
Day 16: In Which We Try To Deliver a Letter To Morgan Stanley But Shut Down a Skyscraper.
Day 18: In Which OccuPiers Eat Well And the Oakland Tribune Takes Notice.
Day 28: In Which the Dog Ate My Flyer.

Follow @defendjodie and the #defendjodie hashtag on twitter.

Get updates from the Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group Website and Facebook page.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:25 AM PST.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Dailykos Kossacks For Action, and Invisible People.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks for the update. Is she going to have a (5+ / 0-)

    lawyer or someone knowledgeable about foreclosure law and mortgages with her too? I would guess so, but I'll feel better knowing :D.

  •  That is welcome news for a day into the (4+ / 0-)

    new year. Thanks JP.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:56:11 AM PST

  •  Could also be that homeowner protection law (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jpmassar, smellybeast

    that became effective yesterday.

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 10:29:20 AM PST

  •  Oh - you "Professional Lefties" (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jpmassar, MrJayTee

    Never satisfied. Go have a drum-circle or something.

    (Real men don't use snark tags)

    Poor people have too much money and vote too often. Republican platform plank, 1980 - present

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 02:21:27 PM PST

  •  Prayers, blessings, and righteous hopes... (0+ / 0-) Jodie.  You go, girl.  I hope you win the justice which is yours.

    "Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred.” Vaclav Havel

    by dharmasyd on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 11:10:20 PM PST

  •  The players in campaign 2 smear Aristide (0+ / 0-)
     Who are the other players in these high-stakes games, games in which history weighs so heavily?  For many years it's been the same cast of characters on both sides of the sea.  Starting with the U.S. dramatis personae  helps make things clearer on the Haitian side. The current Bush administration has put in charge of Latin American diplomacy two men who have been at it for a long time; their views are well-documented.  As the "Special Presidential Envoy to the Western Hemisphere," Otto Reich in the United States' top diplomat in the region even though he has never survived a House or Senate hearing;   He was appointed by Bush during a Congressional recess.  In the 1990s, Reich was a lobbyist for industry (among his current deals: selling Lockheed Martin fighter planes to Chile), but prior to that he had a long record of government service.  In a recent New Yorker profile of Reich, William Finnegan gives us more background on his curriculum vitae:

        Reich first went to work for the Reagan Administration at the Agency for International Development, in 1981.  As the civil war in Nicaragua heated up, he moved to the State Department where from 1983 to 1986, he headed a Contra-support program that operated out of an outfit called the Office of Public Diplomacy.  The office arranged speeches and recommended books to the public libraries, but it also leaked false stories to the press-that for instance, the Sandinista government was receiving  Soviet MiG fighters, or was involved in drug trafficking.  A declassified memo from one of Reich's aides to Patrick Buchanan, the White House communications director, boasted about the offices's "White Propaganda" operations, including op-ed pieces prepared by its staff, signed by Contra leaders or academics, and placed in major newspapers. (Reich's spokesman denied this.)  The office employed Army psychological-warfare specialists, and worked closely with Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, at the National Security Council.

             During the course of the Iran-Contra investigation, the U.S. Comptroller General concluded that Reich's  office had "engaged in prohibited covert propaganda activities."...

             When the Bush administration sent a certain Roger Noriega as its envoy to "work out" the Haitian crisis in February 2004, not everyone knew who he was, for Noriega's career has flourished in the back of Senate committees,  For the better part of a decade, Noriega worked for Jesse Helms and his allies.  Although it is no secret that Noriega has had Aristide in his sights for years, none of this history made it into mainstream media until recently.  Then things became clearer.  On CNN on March 1, after Aristide's departure from Haiti Congresswoman Maxine Waters "accused Undersecretary of State for Latin America Roger Noriega-whom she called 'a Haiti hater'-of being behind the troubles there."  The CNN report continued:  "Noriega was a senior aide to former Senator Jesse Helms, who as a chairman of Senate Foreign Affairs Committee was a backer of long-time dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and an opponent of Aristide."

     When I share  these biographical details and the names of other people who are driving  these policies-I refer to Otto Reich, Jesse Helms, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Elliot Abrams, John Poindexter, Bush pere and fils-and then mention Iran-Contra, Honduras, Venezuela, the Declaration of Quebec City, liberation theology, and the International Republican Institute, the Haiti story starts to hang together.  Haiti policy is determined by a small number of people who were prominent in either Reagan's or George H.W. Bush's cabinets.  Most are back in government today after an eight-year vacation in conservative think tanks, lobbying firms, and the like.  Elliot Abrams, convicted of felony during the Iran-Contra hearings, serves on the National Security Council;  Reagan's national-security advisor John Poindexter is now heading the Pentagon's counterterrorism office; John Negroponte forma Ambassador to Honduras, is now Ambassador th the United Nations.  Jeane Kirkpatrick in on the board of the International Republican Institute a prime source of funds for the political opposition to Aristide and, credible sources suggest, for the demobilized army personnel who provided the muscle for the Haitian opposition in early 2004.  The far right of the U.S. Republican party has been the key determinant of Haiti policy.
    "The Uses of Haiti"

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