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Radio Diary: In Portland, A 'Wall Of Moms' Protects Protesters From Federal Officers07:04
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Members of the 'Wall of Moms" lock their arms during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)
Members of the 'Wall of Moms" lock their arms during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)

Last weekend, as unidentified federal officers beat protesters and detained them in unmarked vehicles, a group of women came together to form a human wall to protect those protesters — a "Wall of Moms."

We spoke with Bev Barnum, a 35-year-old mother of two from Portland who brought the group together. She said facing down what she described as a ruthless, violent show of force by the federal government has opened her eyes to the need for real change.

"All these things that I thought I knew about the world and about people are wrong, and I'm learning them outside in the streets," she said. "I can't wait for things to change."

This article was originally published on July 27, 2020.

This segment aired on July 27, 2020.

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