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Portland Solidarity Network: Things Are Heating Up at Fubonn

Here is a brief look at the Portland Solidarity Network and their Don't Shop Fubonn campaign.

Rush hour is being colored with the fury of workers scorned. The Portland Solidarity Network and the Portland IWW have now announced the Fridays of Fury at Fubonn, a weekly picket and rally to target the abuses and repressions taking place at the Fubonn Shopping Center.

Coming Full Circle: Creating a Three-Pronged Housing Justice Strategy

Direct action is at the center of the housing justice, but what do we need to see a movement that is fully realized and can target housing-for-profit at its very core?

The housing justice movement saw an explosion after the financial crisis of 2008 and the housing bubble collapse in 2010 for reasons both obvious and esoteric. The primary one for the general public is the absolute scale of the crisis. First, communities not normally affected by mass rates of foreclosure, the white middle class, started to be hit in unprecedented numbers.

Fight Forward: Why the Fast Food Strikes Are Important to Housing Justice

As the fast food strikes heat up, there are a lot of reasons housing justice activists should come out to support them.

Today we are seeing an unprecedented mass of one-day strikes of fast food workers around the country, with events in well over a hundred cities. Fast food is a $200 billion dollar a year industry in this country, providing a large mass of low-pay jobs as well as being tied to many of the health crises we are seeing from early onset diabetes to childhood obesity and heart disease.

Getting Down to Business: Important Guides for Housing Organizing

No matter how you have come to the conclusion that we need community control over land and housing, we have to actually organize if we are going to get there.

While we often like to focus on the ideas that critique both capitalism and the state, what is most important is that we actually organize to confront them. Community organizing is critical to housing justice as it provides the method for transforming housing, and a model for how it could work more directly democratic.

No Vote Counts: Avoiding the Trappings of Democratic Socialism

Democratic socialists are always on the edges of libertarian communist debate, and with elections in our rear view its important to find a way to counter their logic.

While the debate rages about how anarchists should actually engage social movements, those who work in mass movements constantly butt up against the possibility of electoral work and the arguments for or against. The most recent polls lead this conversation to happen once again, with the opposing side taking on a broad democratic socialist perspective on how systemic reform is possible.

The class fight back: solidarity networks spread as a new alternative to 'alternative labour’

Portland Solidarity Network is entering a new phase of their wage theft campaign, and with this trying to present a new way of approaching labor and housing.

[b]The below article was written with another anonymous comrade on the Portland Solidarity Network, and originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence. This mainly focuses on our labor work, but we also work closely on tenant issues such as eviction, stolen deposits, and help with repairs.

Mo' Money: Fundraising Without Assimilating

We may not like to admit it, but we have to raise money to make our organizations function.

Fundraising always presents an issue for people who are first engaging in direct action based community organizing. The first is, obviously enough, that people do not usually want to endorse radical non-institutional solutions.

Focused Organizing: A Question of Legal Support

When organizing around foreclosure defense, it is usually best to stick to what you know.

For anyone in a long enough foreclosure battle, a legal strategy will likely come into play. The basic issue here is that a foreclosure is a form of a lawsuit, where one party (the bank) is suing the other party for a back debt. Unlike a criminal case, a civil case does not guarantee the defendant a lawyer because they are unable to afford one on their own.

What's in a Name: Grounding Housing Justice in Class Struggle

An Eviction Free Zone may look great on paper, but it will only be transformative if it sees evictions as a symptom of something deeper.

The anarchist and anti-authoritarian tradition has its roots not in high theory but instead the actual on-the-ground work. This often traces itself as a sort of reaction to lived experiences; a way of synthesizing a practical theory that has been excised from trial and error.

Housing is a Human Right: From the Streets to the Powerful

A video of the Housing is a Human Right march and rally that challenged the City of Rochester and pushed the housing justice movement even further.

The growth of the housing justice in the U.S. through both the Occupy Movement and the various anti-foreclosure campaigns that became commonplace after the first wave of evictions in 2008 has lead to arguments over both tactics and goals.

The enemy of my enemy: organizing with the faith community

While many people's experience with organized religion has lead them to be critical, these are still the largest organized non-commercial entities in the world. Here is a look at the how and why of drawing in churches to organized housing resistance and justice work, as well as an entire range as we shift to a larger anti-austerity movement.

The idea of an equitable housing model, which is really just one that ensures safe and affordable housing for everyone in a community, is not something that can happen simply by the engagement of a few committed people. Transformation in a neighborhood, as in any struggle, comes from the mass participation of affected people and the social circles to which they are connected.

The human rights agenda: Metro Justice's housing vision

Article written to look at the Metro Justice's Housing Committee, created by housing justice activists to add dimension to Rochester's housing movement and to support Take Back the Land Rochester.

Since 2008 the glaring inequalities around the housing market have become crystalized in the minds of working class people around the country. As our futures were bought and sold through the deregulated securities process, we were prepared for a massive relocation from the foreclosures that followed.

Eviction Resistance: The Story of Leonard Spears

Learn the story of eviction resister Leonard Spears, and how he decided to stay in his home despite his foreclosure.

The housing justice movement, especially when it comes to on the ground direct action, is founded in stories. Each home holds the story of couples coming together, children being born, relationships beginning and ending, and usually the major achievement of becoming a home-owner. Each foreclosure is also a story.

Expecting resistance: Looking back on the production of a foreclosure defence documentary

A detailed look at the production process for our documentary Expect Resistance, which looks at the growing housing justice movement by looking at Take Back the Land Rochester.

As many people know, this blog is also tied to a larger film project called Expect Resistance. This is a documentary that attempts to look at the larger housing movement by focusing on one of its more visible branches, Take Back the Land Rochester.

Spokes on a Wheel: Some Labor Notes on Intersecting Struggles

With the recent Labor Notes Troublemaker's School in mind, how can labor begin to further tie into the housing struggle? Voices from We Are Oregon, Labor Notes, and elsewhere say that this may be from finding an "intersection" in struggle.

Neighborhood organizing, maybe because it is currently En Vogue for many radicals, is usually not thought of within the context of America's history of social movements.

Direct action, Occupy Wallstreet, and the future of housing justice: an interview with Noam Chomsky

Check out this interview with Noam Chomsky about the growing housing justice movement, the future of Occupy, and how direct action can play into all of this.

As a commentator, educator, public intellectual, and one of the best-known anarchist voices in the U.S., Noam Chomsky has become a defining perspective as social movements develop. His analysis of the shift in global capitalism, and our own role in its flux, has seen a recharge of importance as we entered the “new normal” of the post-2008 economy.

Take Back the Land and the Art of Liberation

A video look at how the housing liberation efforts of Take Back the Land Rochester can affect a homeless family, and can serve as a model for community direct action.

Recovery or Failure: Housing By the Numbers

Though the economy may be on the upswing, it doesn't erase the inequality that sits under the surface.

A recent Bloomberg article is looking forward for housing in 2013. Or, perhaps that should be restated.

Towards a new neighbourhood: Building something new in the shell of the old

When thinking about what kind of housing model we really want for the future, we can see the new structures sprouting in the very acts of resistance we have today.

Resistance, in the political and social sphere, is both the means and the ends.

Amended resistance: Rejecting the politics of constitutional defense

When it comes to institutional analysis and eviction defense, is citing the Constitution still at the top of the list?

As we remain reeling from tragedy after tragedy it has sent most blogs and social networking sites exploding with reactionary fervor as pundits and people make claims about the obvious need for gun control.