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September 24th, 2009 9:25 PM

Spread the Word: "Capitalism Did This"

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Post this sign in front of empty homes and closed down storefronts. Send photos of the signs you put up to photos@michaelmoore.com and we'll add them to this page.

Arizona

Phoenix

Hello i live in Phoenix, AZ i grew up here in one of the poorest parts of the city. Hispanic and white mixed i was part of what now is the majority of "America" The house that my family lived in was constructed of adobe and wood scraps. My grandparents who were both born in Arizona spent a lifetime raising 4 children and 5 grandchildren in a house made of mud. Eventually the Phoenix airport started buying the property around the ghetto and moving people out of their homes. While my grandfather laid dying in a hospice my grandmother was being relocated to her new home. Since living in her new home , we have seen the neighborhood go from a wonderful populated area. To a run down part of the city where robberies occur daily. People stealing cabinets , refrigerators , and even doors . All of these empty homes have now became a second ghetto for the end of my grandmothers life.

So, as much as i know many people all over suffer from homes being taken, and lives being lost. I know she is happy to just still have a place to live . I can not ignore the situation in my neighborhood and I stay up nightly , just to make sure no one is stealing from the surrounding houses. I am sure you hear horror stories from all over. But i wanted to do my part and show you how a neighborhood looks with almost 50% of the homes vacant just on one street that used to be so alive and wonderful.

-- Bryen
Phoenix, Arizona

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Sign reads: "This House was Purchased in 1968 by my family when I was 11 years old. It was paid in full in 1980. Due to refinancing and a Countrywide ARM, the house was foreclosed and my DAD WAS EVICTED MAY 2009. CAPITALISM DID THIS!"

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