The Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO), headed by Maureen Taylor, has been telling Detroit welfare recipients to occupy foreclosed homes around the city. “You can’t imagine,” Taylor told WWJ in Detroit, “when we get to work at 9 and 10 in the morning, there are 20 to 30 people in the hallway talking about ‘I don’t have any more money, my rent is due’ – three or four months behind – what can I do? And its unreal, because we don’t have answers except to say, ‘here’s a list of houses that we have intercepted that have been repossessed by banks, pick one and move in.'” To boot these trespassers out of the homes, banks are forced to take MWRO to court.
Taylor has been feted by the Detroit NAACP this month; the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization says that Taylor has “given her life to fighting in the interests of the working class … She understands and educates that we must build a new society where we will not be facing homelessness, we don’t have to face a day without food, health care, quality and free education, etc.”
Colloquially speaking, this is called communism. Taylor and her allies aren’t fighting for the working class. They’re fighting for the non-working class, who live off taxpayer dollars, then violate property rights.