Posted on 08 May 2010.
Posted on 03 May 2010.
By Laura Rice TOLEDO24
Monday, May 03, 2010 at 8:23 p.m.
WOOD COUNTY, OH — A Wood County man facing foreclosure has boarded himself up in his home along with five others.
They are refusing to leave, despite a court order, and they say they will be there until Wood County Sheriff’s Officers drag them out.
Protestors are gathered outside Keith Sadler’s home of 20 years in rural Wood County trying to bring public attention to what they say is unfair action by banks and trying to keep the sheriff’s department from kicking him out.
“So far they have not come. Probably because of the strong public presence that has been so basically we can call this a victory for the day and hopefully we can carry that through tomorrow and the rest of the foreclosure,” said Lance Crandall, Toledo Foreclosure Defense League.
But the real action is going on inside, where Sadler and five others are locked up with supplies with no plans to leave.
NBC24 spoke with Sadler over an internet connection.
“They’re going to have to drag us out. We’re not going to willingly walk out,” said Sadler.
Sadler emphasizes that this is a peaceful protest and that they do not have any weapons.
He says he is doing this for himself.
“Because it’s my home,” said Sadler.
But also for all the others that could not keep up with house payments. Sadler was off work after a hand injury.
“I cut all the avenues that I could before that to try to make payments, to try to keep as close to on time as I could and of course it was getting impossible,” said Sadler.
What Sadler wants now is a moratorium on foreclosures. But, in talks with Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, that is not happening.
“(The Sheriff is) basically refusing to do that, saying it’s his duty to uphold the law of the courts even though the laws are immoral and unjust,” said Sadler.
NBC24 spoke with Sheriff Wasylyshyn who said it is Sadler who has broken his word.
Wasylyshyn met with him weeks ago to discuss an eviction plan and he says Sadler agreed to leave peacefully.
Wasylyshyn says sheriff’s deputies will remove the protestors from the property but he would not say when. He says his top priority is keeping his officers safe.
Posted on 03 May 2010.
This in via e-mail from the Foreclosure Defense League, they held a press conference on Sunday May 2nd, at 6:00 p.m., in addition to the below release, FOX Toledo reported on this story (link):
On Monday May 3rd, Keith Sadler of Stony Ridge will be evicted from his home. But unlike many in a similar situation, Mr. Sadler intends to resist his foreclosure and stay in his home illegally.
“I am resisting this eviction through non-violent civil disobedience,” states Sadler. “It’s time to make a stand against this corrupt system.”
Alongside Sadler stands a group of community members from the Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, a Northwest Ohio coalition of housing activists. TFDL is also joined by the national group Take Back the Land based out of Miami, Florida.
Sadler, along with the Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, will be peacefully occupying the foreclosed home by sealing themselves inside until the foreclosure is called off and a moratorium on all foreclosures is enacted.
“Housing is a human right. While banks are being bailed out, people are being thrown into the streets. The time has come to take back our land and our communities,” said Sadler.
Following Sunday’s press conference May 2nd at 6pm, activists will lock themselves inside until their demands are met.
Supporters have set up live streaming video and online content at the following web addresses:
LIVE 24 hour coverage from inside the home:
Live coverage goes online at 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time at the scheduled press conference. No broadcasts will be made until then.
or text “follow@TFDLOH” to 40404