Several protesters have been occupying a street in Portland, Oregon, surrounded by makeshift barriers, in an effort to keep a Black and Indigenous family from being evicted from the home they have lived in for 65 years, The Guardian has reported.
The home, known as the Red House, sits in a historically Black residential neighborhood that has since gentrified. It has been the site of protests for several months, after a judge authorized the Kinney family’s eviction in September.
All the other residents have been already pushed out. I don’t know if this happening to a black family is a coincidence but if it’s not, people should keep the protest going on against systematic racism too.
But the situation came to a head early Tuesday morning, when Michael “Philo” Kinney, who currently lives at the house, said he was woken up to law enforcement agents using a battering ram on the door.
Kinney told the Guardian that he was charged with trespassing and held by police for several hours. But by the time he returned, protesters had pushed law enforcement away from the house.