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Portland stands up against housing discrimination and retaliation

Portland Tenants United leads a rally and march to confront rising retaliation and discrimination against tenants, which they say will only be solved by creating tenant power through direct action.

#EvictionFree2016: against retaliation, against discrimination

As Portland slips into a declared "renter state of emergency," tenants are being pushed out of the city as rents skyrocket and greedy landlords strip renters of their stability and voice. Now, Portland Tenants United, the newest tenants union in Portland, is launching a citywide campaign with a rally and march geared to take the tenant rights movement to the next level.

Portland Tenants United: the goals of a metro tenant's union

A new tenants union in Oregon is announcing its long-term goals, which will build on a united renter's movement forming.

Solidarity in action: housing and labor groups support workers at Janus negotiations

Housing and labor groups come to support the workers of the Janus Youth Shelters as they challenge the boss during IWW negotiations. Workers and organizers confront the director of Janus, asking why he pays poverty wages while making $150k a year.

Housing for all: the tenants movement takes the streets

Video from the Housing for All March, uniting Pacific Northwest tenant organizers against no-cause eviction, houselessness, rising rents, and landlord control.

Beyond procedural justice: finding our foundations in the worst case scenario

When organizing around housing, there are almost always extenuating circumstances like bank fraud and illegal actions by property managers and landlords. But what about when there isn't? Do we no longer organize against evictions and foreclosures, or does this reveal the real goal of housing justice work?

UnOccupy the prisons: challenging Wells Fargo's investment in private prisons

Video from a 2011 joint action between Occupy Wallstreet and Take Back the Land to target Wells Fargo's investment in the private prison system.

Why We Fight II: Anarchism vs. Fascism

With recent tragic event bringing the threat of fascist ideas and organizations into front view, we look back on anarchism as a direct challenge to these ideas.

Why we fight I: What is the real threat of fascist organizing?

As the far right begins to rise in the United States, what is the real threat that they hold?

Standing Together: Reporting from the Portland Renter Assemblies

The Renter's Assemblies are just beginning in Portland, but already they are showing to have the potential to revive a real tenants movement.

Solidarity in spring: challenging racist violence at Portland’s May Day 2015

A look at where the violence of the police took the stage at 2015's May Day event.

Portland demands a raise: PDX joins the Fight for Fifteen global day of action

230 cities around the world joined together for April 15th's Global Day of Action for Fight for Fifteen, and Portland has a unique place in this movement as it joined the mobilization.

Taking Housing Justice Into the Future (Part I)

The first part of a speech given at the Howard Zinn Bookfair in 2014 on Take Back the Land, Occupy Our Home, and burgeoning housing movements after the financial crisis.

Ready to fight: Developing a 21st century community syndicalism

As we develop new strategies to work on community organizing campaigns, what ideas and strategies can we port over from the history of syndicalist workplace struggles?

Tenants rising: PDXSol makes its demands

The Portland Solidarity Network supports two tenants as they make demands on their exploitative former property management company, and the video captures their moment of community power.

Resistance Between Neighbors: Reflections and Ideas from the 2014 Howard Zinn Bookfair

Report back from the 2014 Howard Zinn Bookfair, with a special look at the housing movements present and release of Housing Not Handcuffs.

Punching Peter to Pay Paul: How to Avoid Shooting Yourself in the Foot When Building Movements

When you are creating rhetoric for reform steps, don't let immediate success overshadow the long-term goals.

6 Practices to Build Community Power: An Intro to Solidarity Networks

Article by guest blogger Brandon Feld, of the Portland Solidarity Network and the Black Rose Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation, about the six practices important to build community power when working on tenant and worker campaigns.

Eyes on the Prize: Solidarity from the Streets of Portland

Here is a detailed look at the recent Mike Brown Solidarity Action in Portland, Oregon, and how it can play into long-term organizing and housing justice.