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Occupy Nashville protesters 'occupy' a house that may foreclose

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Occupiers have a new goal tonight, and that's "occupy homes."

A north Nashville woman may lose her home to the bank, but protesters from Occupy Nashville have stepped up to lend a helping hand.

Helen Bailey, 78, lives on disability, but since the interest rate has gone up on her house, she can't keep up with those mortgage payments.

According to protesters, the woman's home could be put up for auction by the end of the month, so Bailey called on them to help her out.

"We'll stand with you in the same way that we'd hope anyone would stand with us, which is to resist a corporation that makes $2.5 billion a quarter from taking one more home from us," said Tristan Call, the organizer of the event.

Today, occupiers hosted a potluck at Bailey's home and invited the media out, too.

"One of the things we realized at Occupy Nashville, as we were facing our own evictions, in the cold, it's getting colder. It's winter," said Call. "I think all of us here at Occupy Nashville as well as our allies around the country, realize what it's like to be kicked out of a place you call home at a time like this."

Bailey said the bank refused her refinancing offer as well as a short-sale offer, and she's prepared to move out if necessary.

"You know, I really wasn't scared," said Bailey. "I have been out there so long marching for civil rights, nothing much can scare me."

Another short-sale offer has been made on her home, but Chase bank has yet to approve or deny it.

Chase bank officials said the sale of her home has already been postponed twice, and it was just pushed back again for another 30 days.

Meanwhile, protesters told us, they've recruited Occupy Atlanta because Chase is headquartered there, and they've even jumped on board to try and keep Bailey's home.

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