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Portland Mayor authorizes ‘all lawful means’ to clear protesters from occupied area

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Tuesday that he was authorizing the Portland police to use “all lawful means” to end an illegal occupation at a home in the city.

The occupation has been ongoing for months as protestors rally against the eviction of a Black and Indigenous family, according to reports.

“I am authorizing the Portland Police to use all lawful means to end the illegal occupation on North Mississippi Avenue and to hold those violating our community’s laws accountable. There will be no autonomous zone in Portland.” Wheeler wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

“There was a lengthy, thorough judicial proceeding resulting in a lawful judge’s order to evict people illegally occupying a home. Multnomah County chose the time, place and manner of the eviction and Portland Police provided support,” he continued.

“It’s time for the encampment and occupation to end. There are many ways to protest and work toward needed reform. Illegally occupying private property, openly carrying weapons, threatening and intimidating people are not among them.”

Portland police officers said they joined the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at 5 a.m. Tuesday in a “property mission” to return private property and “re-secure a home in which the occupants were previously ordered removed by court order,” according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Law enforcement officers arrested at least seven people Tuesday before protesters outside the home prevented law enforcement from entering the area.

By Tuesday evening, more than 100 protesters had gathered outside the home, which has come to be known as “The Red House on Mississippi,” and barricaded the surrounding streets.

Wheeler then announced that Portland police could use all lawful means to end the occupation.

According to RedHouseOnMississippi.com, the house was foreclosed in 2018. It has belonged to the Kinney family for 65 years. Their home was reportedly sold to a developer, Roman Ozeruga of Urban Housing Development. Urban Housing Development attempted to evict the Kinneys when it first got the deed, but the eviction was stalled by the Kinneys’ federal complaint and a state counterclaim.

A Multnomah County Judge authorized the Kinney family eviction in September.

Since then, demonstrators have worked to put up a “24/7 eviction blockade” around the home.

An online fundraiser for the group has raised more than $40,000.

Most of the people arrested Tuesday face trespassing charges. One individual was also charged with resisting arrest, according to reports.

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Biden Energy Secretary Subject of Ethics Complaint for Promoting Electric Company She Held $1.6 Million in Stock

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President Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has received an ethics complaint for promoting an electric bus company she sat on the board of and held over a million dollars of stock in. She did so all while being a part of the executive branch in Biden’s administration.

Breitbart reports Granholm, “who oversees moving the country toward an electric vehicle transportation system and enjoys newfound powers after the passage of Biden’s infrastructure package — is facing scrutiny for promoting Proterra, a Burlingame, California-based electric bus company she sat on the board of and held 240,520 shares of stock in, which garnered her $1.6 million when she finally divested them 157 days after her nomination.”

Critics say Granholm has promoted Proterra in her official capacity as energy secretary and for hyping grant access to companies with connections to Proterra. Additionally, they say Granholm’s promotion of Proterra has increased its visibility and therefore the value of her stock before she was required to sell her shares due to ethics rules.

As of Monday, the company had a market cap of $2.6 billion. Granholm also promoted Burlingame, a California electric vehicle company, at the same time “Democrats in Congress were crafting – and ultimately passing – Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, which dramatically increases Granholm’s authority as energy secretary to advance private sector companies in the transition to an electric vehicle-based transportation infrastructure” reports Breitbart.

The infrastructure package “grants as much as $174 billion to green vehicles and $456 billion to zero-emission buses to ‘replace 50,000 diesel transit vehicles and electrify at least 20 percent of our yellow school bus fleet’ and ‘to build a national network of 500,000 EV chargers by 2030.”

Breitbart reports:

Granholm’s involvement with Proterra started in March of 2017 when the company announced she would be joining its board ostensibly due to her experience with the automotive sector when she served as Michigan’s governor from 2003 to 2011. Proterra hoped to use Granholm’s “track record for producing a high-quality clean energy and transportation workforce in the Midwest” to launch the company into the “next phase of strategic growth and national deployment,” its press release explained. During her time on the board, Granholm supplemented her considerable income by simultaneously serving on the boards and consulting for various left-wing organizations as well, such as American Bridge PAC and Media Matters.

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