While Tennessee’s Republican-dominated state legislature tries to portray Occupy Nashville as a bunch of dirty fucking hippies who urinate on legislative staffers, in reality the group has been a little more productive than that. Just ask 78-year-old Helen Bailey, who has the Occupy protesters to thank for saving her home from foreclosure:
Helen Bailey, a Nashville homeowner who was threatened with foreclosure, got a reprieve Monday after thousands signed an online petition hoping to help.
Bailey, 78, who participated in local civil rights marches and taught developmentally disabled children, will now be able to stay in her home until she dies. She only will be responsible for the property taxes and homeowners insurance, her attorney said.
Occupy Nashville started an online petition on Change.org and gathered more than 79,000 signatures protesting the pending foreclosure.
More on Bailey’s situation here.
This is why when Rep. Eric Watson accuses Occupy Nashville of exploiting the homeless and makes the absurd claim that “Jesus would not approve,” I’ve just got to wonder what Tennessee’s legislature has been doing that gets that savior-stamp-of-approval? While Occupy Nashville was keeping one elderly woman from becoming homeless in the middle of winter, the TNGOP is pushing displays of the 10 Commandments in our state courthouses. Which one makes a bigger difference in the lives of real people?
There’s really nothing more to say. Our legislature is more concerned with playing politics than trying to help people in need. Maybe until they get their priorities straight, Tennessee Republicans should just leave Jesus out of it.