We seek housing justice: keeping people in their homes, filling empty homes with people who need shelter, and putting community housing needs before bank profits. We Are Oregon, The Black Working Group and other organizations in Portland have been working to support families in foreclosure throughout the past year. These foreclosure fighters are in various stages of foreclosure, and 7 of the families are resisting standing orders to leave their homes by order of a court, the city or the Sheriff.
The police and sheriff have responded by forcibly evicting Patricia Williams and Darren Johnson from their SE Portland home on October 30th, with Sheriff’s deputies and Portland police in riot gear. Tuesday morning a large number of heavily armed Sheriff‘s deputies and Portland Police broke into Will and Heather’s home after shutting down all the streets to their house. They forced Heather out of the house in her pajamas and pulled Will over on his way back from dropping his granddaughter at school.
The Sheriff needs to hear loud and clear that we will stand with families fighting for housing justice and as a community not tolerate the increasing use of police aggression against families struggling to stay in their homes and stand up to the banks.