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Portland Solidarity Network protest against unfair eviction

On Wednesday, March 21st at 12 noon, members of the community and the Portland Solidarity Network, with and on behalf of Gary and Julie Frost, will be holding another picket outside the Home Forward offices at 135 SW Ash Street. The picket is part of the Solidarity Network's current campaign, Home Forward is Home Backward ( http://www.HomeForwardisHomeBackward.org), which is fighting to stop Home Forward from unfairly evicting the Frosts from their apartment in the Humboldt Gardens. This week's picket is one in a series of actions designed to tell Home Forward's management' that their residents and the community at-large will not accept mistreatment and retaliatory evictions.
Campaign volunteers, alongside individual community members, have been working overtime - on their own time - since the Frosts were given a ninety-day eviction notice in January. This is the third consecutive weekly picket at the downtown offices, and just one of many escalating actions that will be taken until Home Forward withdraws the eviction and allows the Frosts to remain in their apartment and/or provides them alternative suitable Section 8-compliant housing. The eviction notice was clearly Home Forward's way of retaliating against the Frosts' for their basic request for a handrail, and for their tireless efforts in support of the rights of other residents of Home Forward properties. Specifically, the Frosts' have helped other residents file civil rights complaints as well as make requests for simple accommodations for the disabled at their place of residence. Home Forward knows that evicting the Frosts would effectively be a death sentence, as the they rely on vital, life-saving oxygen equipment.

The campaign encourages any and all members of the community to be present at the picket to continue to show their support for the Frosts and for the residents of Home Forward properties in general. Wednesday's event also provides another opportunity for those residents to make connections, share their stories and air their grievances about Home Forward. We will picket, chant, and hand out out informational flyers to passers-by, again making it clear to Home Forward that there is no 'business as usual' until they stop targeting tenants who speak up for themselves and others.

Portland Solidarity Network - Home Forward is Home Backward
(503) 446-6065

phone: phone: (503) 446-6065