Just a few days before Christmas, foreclosure fighter and cancer survivor Ana Casas Wilson, lost her battle with Stage IV breast cancer. We at the Home Defenders League are saddened by the loss of Ms. Wilson, longtime South Gate, CA resident, homeowner, disability rights advocate and Alliance Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) and HDL leader on the night of December 21, 2012. She was 50 years old.
Ana was in the midst of a fight to reverse the unfair foreclosure on her childhood home, where she lived with her husband James, mother Becky, 18-year-old son, and 21-year-old daughter. Ana was set to be evicted in October, but she refused to give up. While she and supporters from the Los Angeles area set up an encampment at her house, supporters from around the country generated nearly 20,000 petition signatures and hundreds of calls to Wells Fargo. Together we forced Wells Fargo to halt her foreclosure eviction and enter into negotiations with Ana about a long-term solution for her to stay.
Ana’s family has vowed to continue the fight for their home, and they have set up a website for supporters to assist them with funeral costs: www.RememberingAna.com.
Donations can also be directed to James Wilson or Rebecca Casas at 8968 San Juan Ave., South Gate, CA 90280. Please consider making a donation if you are able.
Ana was an amazing woman – she fought her whole life for fair treatment in the areas of disability rights, employment, housing, and more – for herself and her community. She was someone who we were humbled and proud to stand with and who inspires all of us at the Home Defenders League to help others like her stand up to Wall Street bankers and their attempts to take our homes. We hope she inspires you as well.