Photo: Springfield Victory

Usually, when a giant corporate bank wants to evict a low-income family from the family’s home, that’s what happens. But on October 12 in Springfield, the family won. More than 100 people took part in a protest in front of the home. More than a dozen people had committed to risking arrest for non-violent civil disobedience to save the family’s home at 27 Talmadge Drive.

“Following a two hour standoff in front of the home, the Hampden County Sheriff's office announced that the bank had cancelled the eviction and left the scene,” said protest organizer Malcolm Chu of

To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click “see full size image.” This photo is by Joe Oliverio. Videos of similar protests in Springfield by Oliverio are at:

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