by Shelby Talcott
For many Portlanders, the small red house on North Mississippi Avenue is much more than just a house – it’s a means to fight back. Whether against gentrification, systematic displacement, racism or predatory lending, take your pick. It’s a giant, red middle finger to The Man around which the community has found purpose.
The general details sound like a story straight out of Hollywood: Civil rights activists flock to protect a black, indigenous family and the historic home that’s been in their name for decades from the big, bad and probably racist government. But the story gets significantly stranger beneath the feel-good veneer, court documents reveal.