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Group rallies for woman fighting city's eviction order

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Dozens gathered outside Alicia Jackson's home Thursday morning. Dozens gathered outside Alicia Jackson's home Thursday morning.
Two tents were set up in the yard of the home. Two tents were set up in the yard of the home.
Alicia Jackson re-entered her home in northeast Portland with the help of protesters in May. Alicia Jackson re-entered her home in northeast Portland with the help of protesters in May.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland woman and around 100 supporters protested the foreclosure of her home Thursday and asked for her water to be turned back on.

The bank foreclosed on Alicia Jackson's home on Northeast Bryant Street last summer. But in May, hundreds marched to the home with Jackson and helped her move back in.

Jackson has been living at the home since then, but was given a deadline of Thursday to comply with a vacate order.

Two tents were set up in the yard by protesters Thursday. They said the city refuses to turn on Jackson's water.

"She has made several official attempts to have the water turned back on, and they've each been refused," said spokesman Ahjamu Umi. "What's happening here is that they've issued a vacate order for her because the water isn't on. And it's the city who refuses to turn the water on."

Jackson is still fighting the legality of her eviction, saying she was the victim of a predatory loan.

On Friday, a group of Jackson's supporters will deliver a letter of faith and support for Jackson at City Hall.

"We feel it would be better to have someone in a house in a neighborhood who is paying utilities, contributing revenue to the local economy, working hard, keeping the house up," Umi said Thursday morning.

Supporters plan to remain outside Jackson's home around the clock for the next two days.

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