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Housing Justice Advocates Land Trial Date

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May 16, 2013
Housing Justice Advocates Land Trial Date

Story and photos by Pete Shaw Local housing justice activists will go on trial in June for their attempts to help keep a foreclosed family in their home during an eviction in which police used pepper spray against protesters. In October 2012, deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Portland police evicted...
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Houseless, Immigrant & Worker’s Rights Rally Showcases MLK Legacy

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February 3, 2013
Houseless, Immigrant & Worker’s Rights Rally Showcases MLK Legacy

Photos and story by Pete Shaw By the end of his life, Martin Luther King had come to the conclusion that the gains of the Civil Rights Era were nothing if they were not part of a larger human rights movement, one that brought together all the disparate struggles for justice. On January 19,...
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Community Home Defenders Sit In to Persuade Sheriff to Step Up

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January 25, 2013
Community Home Defenders Sit In to Persuade Sheriff to Step Up

Story and photos by Pete Shaw “Some of us take risks. We’re asking you to take risks,” said John Schweibert to Multnomah County Sheriff Daniel Staton, during a sit in at the Sheriff’s office staged by Schweibert and four other community home defenders on January 24. Though Staton expressed his support for homeowners, he...
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Sheriff Ousts Family, Spends Tax Dollars To Maintain Their Houselessness

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January 21, 2013
Sheriff Ousts Family, Spends Tax Dollars To Maintain Their Houselessness

Story and photos by Pete Shaw On the morning of January 16, soon after Ron Austin had gone to work, Debbie Austin and her two children awoke to the sound of the Multnomah County Sheriffs and Portland Police banging on their door. At the demand of Fannie Mae, the police forces entered the Austins’...
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Foreclosure Resister Unbowed Under Thanksgiving Eviction Threat

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November 26, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw November 20 — “As you can see, I’m packed up and ready to go.” Debbie Austin doesn’t quite have the sarcasm thing down, at least by my Northeast pedigree, but nonetheless her sardonic tone is underscored by a quick look around the house which bears the hallmark of...
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Portland Anti-Eviction Movement Taking Names, Gaining Ground

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November 20, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Fifty supporters of the eviction resistance movement gathered outside City Hall on November 16 to demand the City of Portland and Multnomah County declare a moratorium on evictions and the use of city police to help the sheriff enforce evictions. “We are bringing the fight to City Hall,”...
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Portland Police Stepping into Eviction Role with Both Feet

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November 15, 2012
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Story and photos by Pete Shaw Just after her husband had driven away to take their granddaughter to school on November 6, Heather Sirotak found herself confronted by 40 officers, some brandishing guns. Prior to entering the house with the aid of what she described as a battering ram, Sirotak said she heard one...
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Unity in Community Land Liberation Following Arrest

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August 6, 2012
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Story and Photo By Pete Shaw Nearly 75 members of Portland’s Rapid Response Network (RRN) assembled outside Alicia Jackson’s home at noon today, within ten minutes of receiving a text message calling for their assistance. “The cops were acting fools in the front and backyard,” said Lobo, co-founder of the Blazing Arrow Organization (BAO)....
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Block Party for New Community Center

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August 6, 2012
Block Party for New Community Center

by Pete Shaw On May Day, local housing rights activists, including many Occupiers, helped Alicia Jackson take back her NE Portland home. Next door to Jackson’s house a duplex was under construction, which – unbeknownst to many of those helping Jackson – was being built on land that also had belonged to her. At...
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Pitch a Tent II—the Houseless Strike Back

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June 12, 2012
Pitch a Tent II—the Houseless Strike Back

by joyofresistance The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade will never be the same again, thanks to Right to Survive (R2S) and houseless activists. This is the second year that R2S, an organization led by houseless and previously unhoused people, put out a call for “Pitch A Tent II—The Houseless Strike Back.” Together with folks...
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