‘Red House’ family hasn’t paid mortgage since 2017, claims citizenship of imaginary country
The Red House standoff between Antifa and police in Portland, Oregon over racism and gentrification seems to be winding down. But facts about the so-called indigenous family are coming to light. They have not paid their mortgage since at least 2017 which is why they were evicted in the first place. They also claim citizenship in a country that doesn’t exist.
The Kinney family has owned the Red House on North Mississippi Avenue for 65 years. Protests have been ongoing there since September when authorities tried to evict them after the mortgage lapsed. An activist group that organized an eviction blockade that prevented access to the home has since reached an agreement with Mayor Ted Wheeler over the weekend and the barricades have been removed.
Approximately 300 people were barricaded within the property on Friday, stocked with weapons to defend themselves from the police and counter-protesters.
“A lot of the security you will see inside the zone is people with long arms, 9MM military Glocks and what-not along with stashes on the ground, either rocks, bottles, things to throw at the police, you know, if they decide to come in,” said Gabe Johnson, director of the Coalition to Save Portland.
Antifa guards armed with paintball guns said they would allow traffic on Mississippi Avenue to reopen by 6 p.m. Monday.
The Kinney family paid cash for the home but took out a loan against it in 2002 to pay legal fees for their son, who went to prison for an automobile accident, according to the family’s website.
The son, William III, who goes by William X Nietzche, pleaded guilty to a felony hit-and-run and third-degree assault. He ran a stop sign while driving with a suspended license and hit a car, killing an 83-year-old man and injuring his wife. He was 17 at the time of the accident.
The family refinanced the loan in 2004.
In January 2017, they stopped paying their mortgage after not missing a payment over the course of the previous 13 years. They stopped making payments after they claimed to have received documents from two separate companies.
In 2018, the home fell into foreclosure. Since then, the family has filed a number of lawsuits to stop the foreclosure.
William Kinney claims the loan was predatory.
“They have used this kangaroo court to try and eject my elderly mother and father on 20 or 30 occasions,” he said.
The family claimed in court that they were no longer bound by the terms of the loan because they were of ‘indigenous’ and ‘aboriginal’ heritage and thus could not be compelled to pay the loan by a bank.
Evidently, the family was given multiple notices and provided with numerous options to repay their debt.
The Kinney family is said to be part of the so-called ‘sovereign citizen movement,’ a group of extremists who claim to be exempt from the nation’s laws. During the proceedings, Julie Kinney declared herself a “living American sovereign,” according to one document dismissing their complaint.
As the date of foreclosure neared, William II sent a bizarre letter to the lender signed by his mother, “Julie Anne, house of Metcalf Kinney, Sovereign living soul, holder of the office of ‘the people.'”
The letter stated that Julie was “a declared living American sovereign standing with Treaty Law of God” and that the lender had no jurisdiction “without an international treaty within My republic state” and that the company was not chartered to do business in Oregon “by My republic state.”
She also said the company falsely claimed that she was a U.S. citizen.
Our work is not going unseen! The mayor has promised the Kinney family that they will not raid Red House as long as the barricades are taken down by Monday night. pic.twitter.com/12FmRdT0Bz
— Red House On Mississippi (@RHonMississippi) December 13, 2020
The Kinneys have accused a number of defendants in their lawsuits of conspiring against them to take their home, including one they accused of being in league with a developer. Mayor Wheeler promised the family that authorities would not raid the home if the barricades surrounding it were taken down by Monday night.
“This agreement is an important step toward de-escalation and a long-term resolution for the neighborhood and the Kinney family,” the mayor said in a statement. “I maintain measured optimism that we can accomplish this step and move toward the next steps to advance the safety and well-being of the family and the safety of the neighborhood.”
The real estate investor who now owns the house has offered to sell it back to the former owners at cost.
“We are a small family business. We don’t seek to hurt anyone of course,” said Roman Ozeruga, a real estate investor who bought the home at a foreclosure sale in 2018 for $260,000. “We’ve already offered to sell back the property at cost because of course, we’ve paid taxes, legal fees, bank fees, etc.”