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Portlanders “liberate” foreclosed home

Woman facing eviction: ‘I’m not moving’

KATU: A local woman involved in a long fight against eviction faced a deadline last Thursday and demonstrators gathered outside her home in a show of support. “I’m not moving,” said Alicia Jackson, who lost her home to foreclosure last year. “They need to move and turn the water on. I don’t see why anyone should move out of their homes.

Jackson did leave her house last year after failing to make payments but protesters ‘reclaimed’ it for her and handed back her keys. At the time, police let the events unfold but said they would eventually take action to remove her from the home.

A formal eviction was scheduled for Thursday and once again, Jackson’s supporters gathered outside the woman’s home to fight for her. The effort was spearheaded by We Are Oregon and folks from Occupy Portland, the Blazing Arrow Organization and other groups are involved as well.

Early Thursday morning, demonstrators held a press conference to explain Jackson’s situation and rally supporters. The main objective, according to Alejandro Juarez with We Are Oregon, is to get the water turned back on at the house.

The city plans to remove Jackson because the house lacks water service and is considered unfit for habitation. Jackson has offered to pay the overdue bill, but the city won’t take her money because she doesn’t own the building. Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff says the company that owns it is trying to evict Jackson and doesn’t want water service restored.

Juarez said Jackson has been making an effort to work with the city on the water situation. “We don’t think it’s fair that they (the city) are refusing to turn it on,” Juarez said. “They should do that (turn the water on) while she’s fighting the courts. Alicia has offered to pay the water bill and give the city revenue until this is over.” Jackson’s supporters have been bringing jugs of water to the house to help her out.

As far as the bigger picture goes, Juarez said his group is trying to educate people about foreclosure and what their options are. He said they want people to understand that they can fight back against the banks and should not give up easily when it comes to keeping a roof over their head. “We’re telling them not to move out of their homes and not to self evict,” he said.

Jackson, who works part-time as a construction road crew flagger, has been living without water in the home since May, when supporters marched from nearby Woodlawn Park and helped her move back in after she was first evicted.

“We feel it would be better to have someone in this house than have it vacant and boarded up, but the city’s answer is to have the house empty,” said Ahjamu Umi, of Occupy NE, also known as The Black Working Group. “To refuse Ms. Jackson’s service, the city is taking sides with the banks,” said the Rev. Cecil Prescod of the Ainsworth United Church of Christ.

Jackson, who told The Oregonian on Wednesday that she knew this day would come, drew cheers from the crowd when she said, “I am one of the last African-Americans living in this neighborhood. We have to stop the issue of home-poaching and gentrification.

To support Jackson and push back against what supporters called corporate greed, “gangster banks,” and racist foreclosure practices, campers  were invited to stake tents on the property. More Port-a-Johns will be installed, organizers said, and a meeting for campers will be held at noon.

Now whether the city and/or police actually show up to forcibly evict Jackson on Thursday is unknown at this point. The eviction order does state that the city needs to do a ‘security board up’ before Jackson is told to leave but at this point that has not been done.

I understand times are tough for many.  Yet how can one claim they have a right to a home in which they don’t make payments? When you sign a contract you are held to the terms. It amazes me that people don’t want to take personal responsibility for their actions.


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Occupy Portland Hippies Hurl Obscenities at Police

I’ve been to three TEA Party rallies.  What I’m seeing in these OWS rallies comes nothing close to the civility, respect for others, and patriotism that I witnessed at the TEA parties.
The complete lack of respect for authorities, private property, and laws is astounding.
Remember, Pelosi and Skippy support this “movement”.

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Occupy Portland gets some "mascots"

h/t Gateway Pundit

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So how's it going at Occupy Portland?

You really don’t wan to know…

Sewage leaking from porta potty into public streets

Police detail mental health issues at Occupy camp

Via KATU: Portland Police said volunteers requested help Monday dealing with an “overwhelming” number of mental health issues at the Occupy Portland camp.  The following series of events involving Occupy Portland that occurred on Monday, October 24, 2011 and early morning Tuesday, October 25, 2011:

  • 7 a.m.: Central Precinct officers received a request from Occupy Portland to get in touch with Project Respond. The volunteers at Occupy Portland report they are getting overwhelmed with the amount of mental health issues presenting themselves at the camp and want to establish a liaison with Project Respond to help in dealing with these problems as they occur. Officer Miller of the Mobile Crisis Unit is the liaison.
  • 10:30 a.m.: East Precinct officers were leaving the Multnomah County Courthouse when a woman, 39-year-old Angela Hallinger, threw a paintbrush at the officers because they would not stop and look at her art. The paintbrush hit one of the officer’s pants and left paint on them. The subject then picked up the paintbrush and threw it again at them, just missing their heads. Officers were told that a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney had reported that a woman was flashing her breasts at people. It was determined that it had been Hallinger, and she was arrested and booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center for Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree.
  • During the same incident, officers found that the porta-potties on the south side of Chapman Square along Southwest Madison Street were overflowing and it appeared raw sewage was running down the sidewalk toward Southwest 3rd Avenue.
  • 3 p.m.: Officers received a report that Hallinger was out of jail and flashing her breasts again at the camp. She was excluded from the parks.
  • 6:35 p.m.: A very intoxicated/high subject was contacted at the corner of Southwest 3rd avenue and Main Street. It appeared that 25-year-old Dylan K. Hunter, was acting in a confusing manner and was on probation for Delivery of a Controlled Substance/ Methamphetamine. He was given a citation and transported to Hooper Detox.
  • 6:45 p.m.: A sergeant took a phone call from a “donor” of two food boxes to Occupy and he wanted to complain that when they dropped off the food, he and his friend saw “buckets of human waste” sitting around the camp. This was very disturbing to the donor and his friend.
  • 7:56 p.m.: Officers observed 35-year-old Devn Merner acting in a bizarre manner. He had red paint on his feet and torso. Officers requested Project Respond to assist with this contact. Merner began to circle the officers both rapidly and at a very close distance, and eventually stopped in front of one of the officers, grabbing the arm of the officer’s jacket. This placed the officer in a potentially dangerous situation, with a subject grabbing on his arm and within reach of being struck or his weapon grabbed. At this point, officers took custody of Merner and he was lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Harassment.

Hear that Skippy and Pelosi?  Remember, you guys own these freaks.
When is this madness going to end?

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