Alicia Jackson has come home. Banksters stole her home and intimidated her into leaving it voluntarily, but she’s fighting the process. With the support of her community, she has decided to remain in residence while her case makes its way through the bureaucracy. The full background of Alicia Jackson’s re-occupation of her home is spelled out by We Are Oregon and the Portland Liberation Organizing Council (PLOC),but Jackson said on May Day that she gained the courage to take this action from her community. “And this is not going to be the last property we liberate.”
On a day when many actions took place in Portland, most involving violent law enforcement officials, this well-planned and smoothly-executed action succeeded in part because organizers insured that the action would be a “police-free zone.” Planners achieved this by several means. First, a police liaison worked to inform police of plans and to negotiate for police to serve as street escorts only. Second, by plan or by coincidence, the marchers in the front (near the police car) kept going forward, while Alicia Jackson and the rest of the march made a right turn and headed directly for her property, thereby leaving the police escort isolated on a main thoroughfare until the community had taken over the property. Third, Black Bloc tactics were used to blockade the entire block where Alicia Jackson lives. Reinforced banners held by multiple marchers were used for the blockade.