Occupy your homes produces predictable result

posted at 7:30 pm on February 19, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The New York Post has a very revealing investigative piece this week on the fallout of one offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement – “Occupy Our Homes” – and the effect it had on one individual’s life. The ostensible goal of the project was to take control of properties foreclosed on by the banks and convert them for use by the homeless. The proposal originally attracted the support of Wise Ahadzi, owner of a property in East New York who had been unable to make his mortgage payments and moved his family to a lower rent apartment while he sought to sort things out with the bank. Occupiers proposed that they would fix up the place for Mr. Ahadzi in exchange for taking part, and he agreed. They busted in and soon installed the family of Alfredo Carrasquillo, a homeless man. So popular was the move that a Democratic member of the city council came to pose for a photo op with the new tenant.

So, how did that work out for Wise Ahadzi? The pictures speak for themselves.

Last week,Wise Ahadzi opened the door to the house he still owns, 702 Vermont Street in East New York.

Inside is a war zone. The walls are torn down, the plumbing is ripped out and the carpeting has been plucked from the floor. It’s like walking through a ribcage.

Garbage, open food containers and Ahadzi’s possessions are tossed haphazardly around the house.

“This is where my kitchen was,” Ahadzi says. There is no sink, no refrigerator and no counter space. Instead there are dirty dishes piled high waiting for a dip in three large buckets of putrid water that serve as the dishwashing system.

The house is now in such a condition that the owner sees it as being fit for nothing other than being condemned. Even if he could get the mortgage situation straightened out, he couldn’t move his family back in. The property is destroyed.

This really looks like a fitting legacy to a “movement” which never had any leadership, never identified the goals it sought to achieve and attracted some of the worst elements imaginable. As the article goes on to note, large numbers of “participants” in the area of Mr. Ahadzi’s home were never even involved as activists. They were simply castoffs from the local homeless shelters who heard that there was a place to get free food and decent shelter. There was no oversight of these “programs” which had such lofty sounding goals but no clue as to how they might be effectively implemented.

Wize Ahadzi is no longer such a fan of the Occupy movement. His former home stands as a testament to the destruction which was left behind after the police finally cleared the park. Perhaps if more of the Big Apple’s residents get to see this story it will serve as a reminder for this spring.


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Shocked, shocked I say. Captain Renault, call your office.

Midas on February 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM

He’d never heard of public housing projects before?

Ideas have consequences.

AnotherOpinion on February 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Occupy themselves had no goal but those who pulled the strings behind the scenes did – to create a sock puppet which would put on a show helpful to Barack Obama’s reelection campaign so his media enablers could report it as “news.” Like him and them, it was all a bunch of worthless bullspit.

Marxism is for dummies on February 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM

AnotherOpinion on February 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM

From what has been seen, Public Housing works just about as well as Amtrak…with almost the same amount of money and with even more similar results. Bad.

BlaxPac on February 20, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Anyone familiar with the Russian Revolution knows that this is exactly what happened there as well. It is part of the script. The occupy movement is nothing less than an attempt to recreate the anarchy and chaos that proceeded the creation of the communist authoritarian regime in Soviet Russia.

This is how Marxism/Communism gains complete control over a nation. Create massive social disruption by first destroying the economy then agitate the “worker class” into anarchy and chaos that can only be brought under control by draconian government intervention.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

SWalker on February 20, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Those damned tea partiers!

Akzed on February 20, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Mr Ahadzi should sue for forfeiture of the Zucotti bank account’s contents, to make good his losses. Maybe one of the commie scum lawyers of the NLG can take his case.

rayra on February 20, 2012 at 3:39 AM

As Eric Severeid once said, “That which belongs to everyone belongs to no one and is treated as such”. This is another reason communism in whatever form fails. Private ownership on the other hand leads to responsible maintenance. It seems each generation has to learn this lesson for itself because the schools do not teach it.

KW64 on February 20, 2012 at 5:32 AM

That was never the intent of that movement. Not that anybody really knows what the real intent of the movement was, other than being boot camp for radicals in preparation for election 2012.

AZfederalist on February 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Occupy themselves had no goal but those who pulled the strings behind the scenes did – to create a sock puppet which would put on a show helpful to Barack Obama’s reelection campaign so his media enablers could report it as “news.” Like him and them, it was all a bunch of worthless bullspit.

Marxism is for dummies on February 20, 2012 at 1:12 AM

OWS itself actually does have a mission statement. You might say it’s too vague, but still, I think it gives a pretty good idea what’s on their minds.

Some of my favorites: “Money, it has been said, has taken over politics. In truth, we say, money has always been part of the capitalist political system. A system based on the existence of have and have nots, where inequality is inherent to the system, will inevitably lead to a situation where the haves find a way to rule, whether by the sword or by the dollar.”

“2. If you agree that a person is entitled to the sweat of their brows, that being talented at management should not entitle others to act like overseers and overlords, that all workers should have the right to engage in decisions, democratically, then you might be one of us.”

“2. We call for workers to not only strike, but seize their workplaces collectively, and to organize them democratically. We call for students and teachers to act together, to teach democracy, not merely the teachers to the students, but the students to the teachers. To seize the classrooms and free minds together.

“5. We call for the seizure and use of abandoned buildings, of abandoned land, of every property seized and abandoned by speculators, for the people, for every group that will organize them.

What a lovely bunch of hapless leeches! They couldn’t beclown themselves more if they tried…

Bizarro No. 1 on February 20, 2012 at 5:35 AM

The Occupiers are like a tornado. They leave a path of filth, destruction and debris every where they go. Can’t wait until the G8 Summit this May in Chicago and for the conventions in the late Summer so the world can get a glimpse at what people paying attention have been seeing for 6 months.

Roymunson on February 19, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Offline, I refer to the OWSers as a collective of Pig-Pens, the character from Peanuts. Since you basically see them that way, too, I thought I’d let you know that you’re not the only one who does. :)

Bizarro No. 1 on February 20, 2012 at 5:47 AM

Perhaps if more of the Big Apple’s residents get to see this story it will serve as a reminder for this spring.

Doubt it. For the most part, Democrats are irreversibly stupid. They don’t “get” anything.

swinia sutki on February 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM

You just don’t understand because you are evil republicants. The people had to destroy that house to show the evil of those who won’t let them have houses for free. Trillions of years of mistreatment of the poor have conditioned them to destroy anything of value unless it has been given to them by the government and then they need the government to maintain what was given to them because manual labor and caring for your property are tools of the imperialists used to keep the people down. If you spend all your time working for money to maintain your house then you don’t have time to protest the evil capitalists whose taxes provide the basis for the safety net that is really a luxury hammock. We the people deserve to have houses because rich people have houses and we should have everything rich people have because rich people stole everything they have from the poor people.

CallousDisregard on February 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM

That was never the intent of that movement. Not that anybody really knows what the real intent of the movement was, other than being boot camp for radicals in preparation for election 2012.

AZfederalist on February 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM

The intent of the movement which began 17 September 2011 was a test case, major funding provided by Soros and surrogates. His intention has been made clear, that the things which must happen to this country in order for his vision of a New World Order to continue, require destruction of the dollar. The intention is for the U.S. to follow the Greek model into the sewer.

Disbelieve at your own peril. Every description of the Occupy movement which exists on the socialist-loving sites like Wikipedia begin with the term “leaderless”. Here is the big lie. The gathering of people into a single place for such a purpose does not happen without significant preparations, and those preparations had been happening for well over a year. Organized preparations for an event do not occur without leadership. Plans to begin food deliveries didn’t happen spontaneously, without which the event would have burned out in a few days.

Follow the money.

Freelancer on February 20, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Bush’s fault…

right2bright on February 20, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Garbage producing garbage. Who outside of a Journalism class could have possibly foreseen this?

MNHawk on February 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Dope!

sbvft contributor on February 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I own a fair amount of rental property. The First Rule of owning rent property is that you are vigilant as HELL about who you let into your property! Because once they’re in their they can do just about anything and you can do very little about it. (Sue for damages? See what good suing a homeless drug addict does for you)

In this world, many things are punished, but nothing is punished more harshly than stupidity.

Ahadzi got exactly what he deserved.

Tom Servo on February 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Expecting the Big Apple’s residents to get the message is wishful thinking. They never have or will and continue to trot along in a cloud of costly unreality. Albany is just as bad.Have no sympathy.

jeanie on February 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Reminiscent of the scenes from Dr. Zhivago where riff-raff were emplaced in the homes of the upper class by the Bolsheviks.

Same results, and that was around 100 years ago now.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

hmmmmm……

Stupid is as stupid does.

Reap = Sow

Sucker born every minute.

Elections have consequences; and those are the supporters of the wun that one.

RealMc on February 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

David Horowitz once said that the Achilles Heel of the Left was to drag out the people that they’ve tried to help with their social programs and show everybody what really happened… which is exactly why this story will never see the light of day.

Mahdi on February 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This would be a great opportunity for some very generous TEA Partiers to show what true charity is. Go in and put this guy’s place back together. A little volunteered elbow grease and some donated drywall (and a sink) would go a long way.

GWB on February 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I don’t know if I believe this for a second.

in the pics “before” occupy took over, there was a plywood floor and already a home in disrepair. I’m betting he let them tear it up, or did so himself.

doesn’t make sense that he would move himself out of a house he still owned while he “worked things out with the bank” into another apartment he had to pay to rent. Not sure why you would do that, if your intent wasn’t to get out of the house in the first place.

Something’s fishy

drpboston on February 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

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