Live Standoff: Laid-Off UAW Worker Occupies Foreclosed Home

In a sense, you want to feel sorry for Keith Sadler.  Like so many others across the country, Sadler, a former UAW worker, is unemployed and facing eviction.

Mr. Sadler, who mostly has worked in factories, said he made his mortgage payments for 12 years after buying the house from his father but fell behind last year after he was off work from Dana Corp. for medical reasons. He said his mortgage holder, State Bank and Trust Co. of Defiance, promised to work with him.

“They said they were going to try to work out a plan for people like me,” he said. “The next thing I know, I get a registered letter” saying a foreclosure action had been filed.

Ordinarily, Sadler’s dilemma would draw a huge amount of empathy (it still does, to a degree), but then the story oddly veers off to the left.

Sadler, you see, has decided that, instead of letting the banks come and take his home and his land, he would make a statement by barricading himself in his home, along with some lefties who are along for the ride.

On Monday May 3rd, Keith Sadler a former UAW Autoworker (who lost his job) 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.

Unfortunately, Mr. Sadler went from an individual with a grievance to an activist pushing a statist cause.

To that end, the the Left activist crowd has set up live streaming video of the standoff.

CAUTION: Strong Language Warning

Free live streaming by Ustream

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