Moms Form Human Shield During Portland Protests

Dozens of mothers formed a human shield between protesters and federal law enforcement officials outside of the courthouse in Portland on Sunday.

“Moms are here, feds stay clear” about 100 women chanted, according to footage posted on social media. 

Many of the women wore yellow and bike helmets as they linked arms. They had signs that read “Angry mama bear BLM” and “Moms are pissed”. 

This is not the first time the group has shown up at the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality and racism. 

“We are about protecting peaceful citizen’s right to protest,” Bev Barnum, the organizer of “Wall of Moms told BuzzFeed News on Sunday. 

Barnum, a 35-year-old- content marketer and mother of two, said she had hoped the group’s non-threatening appearance would allow them to protect the protesters. They were later tear-gassed by federal officers. 

Bev said she still plans to continue organizing for moms to attend the protests. 

“We’ll be out until no protester needs protecting,” Barnum said.