Foreclosure Fighters Call on Community to Rally and Demand that the Sheriff Stop Using Public Money to Force Families from Their Homes
JOIN US FOR A RALLY AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
Friday, November 9th, 2012, 3PM
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR
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. This 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 daughter at school.
Banks have refused to follow the new law that mandates mediation and
have not been held accountable, while police and sheriff have been
doing the work of the banks and forcing people from their homes. 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.