In less than eight hours, the Wall of Moms group in Portland was formed by a Mexican-American mother, who felt compelled to shift the ‘pervasive narrative that protesters are rioters’.
Bev Barnum founded the group on Friday night while getting ready for bed and after she had watched several videos on social media showing protesters being detained by federal agents.
The mother-of-two told CNN: ‘It didn’t take long for me to find a massive array of video displaying obvious human rights violations.’
At first Barnum considered doing a fundraiser. She soon decided against it, saying: ‘But I thought I needed to do more so I asked the Portland working moms group to protest with me — to shield the protesters from harm with our ‘mombods,” she said.
On Saturday night, the Wall of Moms, joined in the 52nd night of protests in the city following the horrific death of George Floyd, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis cop on May 25. Demonstrators have been protesting for 55 nights straight as of Tuesday night.
‘We wore our whitest whites to show that we weren’t there to make trouble, we showed up to prove that the feds are the violent ones at protest,’ Barnum wrote on Facebook.
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In less than eight hours, the Wall of Moms group in Portland was formed by Bev Barnum (left and right) who felt compelled to shift the ‘pervasive narrative that protesters are rioters’
Barnum is seen holding sunflowers ahead of Sunday night’s protest in Portland
‘And we were right. Kids took down fences and did some skateboarding, two or three kids were banging on walls, but over 100 people were peaceful.’
Barnum then described the moment she and other mothers were teargassed by authorities.
‘I want to tell you that I didn’t vomit or pee my pants after being gassed, but I did. I guess I lost control of my bodily fluids and soon after I couldn’t open my eyes.
‘To be clear, we moms weren’t armed, throwing rocks, throwing water…THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. We were gassed for chanting ‘Leave The Kids Alone.”
Despite being gassed Saturday night, the mothers took to the streets of Portland once again to protect demonstrators.
On Sunday night, Barnum told CNN that around 200 women joined the Wall of Moms movement.
They also changed up their color from white to yellow as they locked arms and chanted outside the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.
The video that pushed Barnum to action was one that showed authorities without identification badges in unmarked vehicles arresting protesters in Portland.
The mothers gathered on Saturday night and wore white during the protest. The women formed a human shield between protesters and law enforcement officials outside Portland’s federal courthouse, donning bike helmets and linking arms
Federal agents teargassed the group of mothers (pictured after being teargassed Saturday night) who formed a ‘wall of moms’ to protect protesters during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on Saturday
Such incidents have prompted legal action from Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
On Wednesday, a federal judge heard arguments on Oregon’s request for a restraining order against federal agents sent to Portland to quell protests that have spiraled into nightly clashes between authorities and demonstrators.
The lawsuit, filed by Rosenblum, alleges that federal agents sent by President Donald Trump have arrested people with no probable cause, whisked protesters away in unmarked cars and used excessive force to quell the unrest.
It’s part of growing pushback against the Trump administration’s use of federal agents in Portland and its plans to do the same in other cities.
In a twist, the judge hearing the case – US District Court Judge Michael Mosman – works out of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, which has been a target for 55 nights of protests.
The motion for a temporary restraining order asks the judge to immediately command agents from the Department of Homeland Security, the US Customs and Border Patrol, the Federal Protective Service and the US Marhsals Service to immediately stop detaining protesters without probable cause, to identify themselves before arresting anyone and to explain why an arrest is taking place.
During the hearing – held by videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic – Rosenblum said she was asking the court to ‘declare it not acceptable for federal officers to use unconstitutional police state-type acts to detain citizens of Oregon without cause’.
Despite being gassed Saturday night, the mothers took to the streets of Portland once again to protect demonstrators, this time wearing yellow
On Sunday night, Barnum said around 200 women joined the Wall of Moms movement
There are 114 federal agents in Portland, according to Steve Lippold, another attorney for the state.
David Morrell, an attorney for the US government, called the motion ‘extraordinary’ and told the court it was based solely on ‘a few threadbare declarations’ from witnesses and a Twitter video.
‘It’s important to underscore what’s at stake here. The Hatfield courthouse did not damage itself,’ he said, calling the protests ‘dangerous and volatile’.
Mosman said the declaration of one man, who said in court papers that he was arrested by federal agents for no reason and later released, seemed meet the bar for Oregon’s motion for a temporary restraining order.
But in a back-and-forth with Oregon attorneys, Mosman focused on a Twitter video of another arrest that showed a person being placed in an unmarked van and seemed skeptical of the state’s argument that that arrest in particular was made without probable cause.
It wasn’t clear when Mosman would rule.
The suit by Oregon’s attorney general is one of several filed over law enforcement’s response to the Portland protests.
Norma Lewis holds a flower while forming locking arms with other mothers during a Black Lives Matter protest on Monday
Protesters gesture during protests in Portland on Monday, including one mother whose shirt reads: ‘Mom is here’
Federal officers used crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Tuesday
Federal officers use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters early Wednesday morning
Protesters are seen protecting themselves with makeshift shields on Tuesday night
Far from tamping down the unrest in Portland, the presence of federal agents on the streets of the progressive city has recently energized the nightly protests
On Thursday a judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of journalists and legal observers who say they were targeted and attacked by police while documenting demonstrations.
A freelance photographer covering the protests for The Associated Press submitted an affidavit that he was beaten with batons, chemical irritants and hit with rubber bullets.
US Judge Michael Simon previously ruled that journalists and legal observers are exempt from Portland police orders requiring protesters to disperse once an area has been declared an unlawful assembly.
Federal lawyers say in court filings that journalists should have to leave when ordered to do so.
The Trump administration also faces another lawsuit, accusing federal agents of violating protesters’ 10th Amendment rights by engaging in police activities designated to local and state governments.
That legal action was filed by the Western States Center, which helps organize and promote the rights of communities of color and low-income people.
Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, a fence was raised around the federal courthouse, outside of which protesters and federal agents had clashed again overnight, according to the Portland police, who were not present.
Protesters repeatedly tried to break into the courthouse and set fires around it, and the federal agents drove them back with tear gas and stun grenades, the police said.
A woman, who appears to be a part of the Wall of Moms groups, was injured during a clash between protesters and federal agents on Tuesday
Crowds had recently numbered fewer than 100 people but swelled to more than 2,000 over the weekend, attracting a broader base in a city that’s increasingly unified and outraged
Protesters use umbrellas and shields to block less-lethal rounds fired by federal officers during a protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse on Tuesday
During a US Senate committee hearing Wednesday, one of Oregon’s senators reiterated what state officials have said: that he believes the use of federal agents (pictured, approaching protesters on Tuesday) in Portland is unconstitutional
Federal authorities, however, have defended their response, saying officials in Oregon had been unwilling to work with them to stop the vandalism and violence against federal officers (pictured Tuesday) and the US courthouse in Portland
Far from tamping down the unrest in Portland, the presence of federal agents on the streets of the progressive city has recently energized the nightly protests.
Crowds had recently numbered fewer than 100 people but swelled to more than 2,000 over the weekend, attracting a broader base in a city that’s increasingly unified and outraged.
During a US Senate committee hearing Wednesday, one of Oregon’s senators reiterated what state officials have said: that he believes the use of federal agents in Portland is unconstitutional.
‘If the line is not drawn in the sand right now, America may be staring down the barrel of martial law in the middle of a presidential election,’ said Sen Ron Wyden, a Democrat.
Federal authorities, however, have defended their response, saying officials in Oregon had been unwilling to work with them to stop the vandalism and violence against federal officers and the US courthouse in Portland.
‘We need to find a peaceful outcome,’ acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said at a news conference Tuesday in Washington.
‘At the end of the day, we have to protect the federal property and the law enforcement officers.’
Wolf said agents have been assaulted with lasers, bats, fireworks, bottles and other weapons. While he said federal agencies have made 43 arrests since July 4, he disputed that they were done by unidentified agents, noting that they have the word ‘police’ on their uniforms.
Among the protesters this week was Maureen Healy, who joined a march with a family member, as demonstrators sang songs, chanted the names of Black lives lost and held moments of silence.
Just after midnight, she saw a line of authorities wearing camouflage and dark outfits emerge and advance on the crowd.
The crowd retreated, and Healy said she heard bangs, saw smoke and was struck by a projectile as she turned away. She felt blood on her temple and went to the hospital with a black eye, cut to her face and a possible concussion.
‘This is my home. I was protesting peacefully so why did federal troops shoot me in the head?’ asked Healy, 52, who is the chair of the History Department at Lewis & Clark College.
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