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Oct 25, 2012 7:00 PM by The Associated Press

Activists support woman occupying Portland home

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - About 100 activists have gathered in northeast Portland to prevent the city from removing a woman from the foreclosed home she has been occupying for six months.

Alicia Jackson lost the house to foreclosure last year after she stopped making payments. With help from members of Occupy Portland, she returned during a May Day protest and has remained there.

The city plans to remove her because the house lacks water service and is considered unfit for habitation.

Jackson has offered to pay the overdue bill, but the city won't take her money because she doesn't own the building.

Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff says the company that owns it is trying to evict Jackson and doesn't want water service restored.

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