Cryptic Leaflet Threatens To Expose ‘Disabled’
In what officials are calling the work of a hate group, fliers have appeared in several Portland, Ore. neighborhoods threatening to out people with disabilities who receive government aid.
Portland officials are asking for help from the public after learning of the leaflets found in at least five neighborhoods.
“There are sixteen people in this neighborhood who vote and receive cash disability payments,” reads one of the typed notes signed by “Artemis of the wildland.”
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“The names of these people are being posted where they can be seen by taxpayers and the neighborhood can decide who is truly disabled,” the note continues. “Some of us in the neighborhood wish to save this democracy and to stand in the way of those who would destroy it.”
City officials said the fliers were the work of a “hate group” and contained an “underlying tone of violence.”
A spokesman for the Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights told The Oregonian that they have not received any reports of names actually being posted, but are asking anyone who receives or sees the flier to report it.