About Us

What is Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org?

Start2.OccupyOurHomes is a new project to allow you to start, run and deliver your own campaign in support of a home occupation or stopping an eviction, with the technology you need at your fingertips.

This is about power to the 99% and giving tools to people in housing crisis who stand up and fight the banks.

Who can run a campaign?

Anyone can start a campaign at Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org.

What can I run a campaign on?

We want this tool to help people who are fighting for a home. While Occupy Our Homes has been primarily focused on home occupations and foreclosure and eviction defense, we also believe this powerful technology can be used by tenants, renters, people in public housing and the homeless to organize in support of their housing situation. You can start a campaign to target any bank executive or decision maker who has the power to make what you want possible, be it stopping an eviction or getting a principal reduction to your mortgage. That said, your campaign need not be limited to particular issues or locations. Your audience can be national or local.

When starting a campaign the most important step is to get the ball rolling – don’t worry about getting everything 100% right. Even experienced, professional campaigners make mistakes and often change course as things develop. You don’t need to be an expert to launch a campaign, you just need to be willing to start fighting back.

What can’t I campaign on? If it’s on this website does that mean OccupyOurHomes.org endorses or agrees with my campaign?

While OccupyOurHomes.org has created this platform for you to use, campaigns here are not run or endorsed by OccupyOurHomes.org. In fact, as the community of users grows we expect we’ll probably see campaigns we don’t agree with, campaigns that might seem a bit random and or just plain odd to be showing up on this site. We are OK with that, as long as it’s not defamatory, discriminatory, illegal you get the idea.

The important questions: Does your support the banking industry, predatory lending, or otherwise seek to screw over homeowners or renters? Does it promote or incite violence? Does it promote bullying, or advocate discrimination based on someone’s gender, sex, religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation? Is it defamatory? No? Excellent. We’re all good.

We reserve the right to use our judgment and take something down if it crosses a line of common decency or fundamentally opposes our pursuit of housing justice, so take responsibility for your campaign.

How does Start2 decide which campaigns go on the homepage?

A number of factors contribute to what campaigns are highlighted on the homepage. These include campaigns that are on the edge of winning, campaigns that have shown rapid growth and campaigns that are particularly timely. For example, a campaign in support of a homeowner resisting eviction by Bank of America will be more likely to be featured around Bank of America’s shareholder meeting.

I created a campaign but I can’t see it on the site – what’s going on?

Once you create a campaign, you can immediately start collecting signatures, as well as share it via email, Facebook or Twitter.

We only put a few top campaigns on the home page of the site at a time, based on their being hot or close to victory. Additionally, you can see other strong campaigns broken out by category. Petitions only show up here after they have been moderated by an administrator. Again, your campaign is live and running even if it hasn’t been moderated yet, so don’t wait to see it on the site before you start trying to get people to sign your petition.

Can I contact people who sign my petition?

Yes, you can send emails to your supporters through the manage page. You will receive a link to your manage page when you first set up your campaign.

What is your privacy policy?

These things take up a lot of space, so please read our privacy policy in full.

Who controls the data on the site?

While you are able to email your supporters through the website, privacy laws prevent us from sharing your supporters’ email addresses with you.

Besides starting a petition, what else can I do in my campaign?

On Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org you can start a petition, share it with your network and communicate further with your supporters via email.

Start2.OccupyOurHomes.org also helps you take your campaign to the street. For instance, you can download a blank copy of your petition, collect signatures in person around your community and then enter your data easily into the system. You can also download a finished copy of your petition to print and deliver to your target.

You can access all of these features from the manage page

This is a tool that allows anyone, anywhere to take a campaign from start to finish.

Can I cancel my petition?

Yes. When you first created your petition, you received an email from info@occupyourhomes.org with the link to manage your petition. Go to ‘manage’ and click on the ‘hide’ button. Your petition will now no longer be visible to the public.

How can I make my campaign better?

There are a heaps of different tactics that can help make a campaign more effective and get the word out from keeping people engaged on social media to hosting your very own press conference to spread the word in your local community!

Head over to our movement blog for some handy tips and tricks.

How will signing petitions make a difference?

Petitions provide a useful snapshot of the level of public support for an issue and put forward a list of people who all share a common commitment or concern. And they don’t always need a big number to make a big impact – think about how a local bank will respond when a petition of 20 neighbors on one street come together to support a home occupier.

Petitions can be the catalyst for conversations that change how people think conversations with your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, church group, school, fellow consumers, local sports club, political representative or business leader. It’s most effective when you make a point of delivering your petition to your target in personal, high-profile or creative way, explaining why supporters feel the way they do. But it probably won’t do much if you just start a petition and walk away.

As our site develops further we’ll also be adding other features to help you create change and win your campaign.

I’m loving this and I want to learn more. Where do I go from here?

We love your enthusiasm!

The Occupy Our Homes movement has been an exercise in communities building power together to fight against Big Banks. An individual standing up and fighting back is a critically important place to start, but rarely is this enough to defeat Wall Street. That’s why it’s so critical that we come together. That’s why this platform is designed to help you coalesce many people to your cause.

Communities are fighting for individual homes around the country, but they’re not happening in isolation. We’re building a movement and you are a part of it.

You can keep up with great ideas and inspiring examples from the Occupy Our Homes movement at our blog.

Can I find out more about privacy policies?

Read our privacy policy by clicking here. If you have further questions please email info@occupyourhomes.org

I no longer wish to receive updates on a campaign I signed up to. How do I unsubscribe?

It’s sad to see you go, but you can unsubscribe by clicking the ‘unsubscribe’ link in the email.

I have an idea for how this website would work better. How do I tell you?

If you have any feedback please email info@occupyourhomes.org and share your thoughts and suggestions with us.