Hosts Ani and Lyn talk with Tori Abernathy, Joe Clement, and Margot Black---organizers of another round of the Portland Renters Assembly. You may remember their first discussion from February with Tori and Nick Caleb. The first series of assemblies were such a success that some folks who attended wanted to organize another. In addition to the event itself, and taking calls, they discuss the plight of renters, the illusion of "affordable housing" on capitalist terms, and collective strategies to fight back against the exploitation of the human need for housing.
The Portland Renters’ Assembly is a gathering of people united by the burden of rent. This burden impacts renters, owners, and the houseless, as well as the overall ecosystem of the city. The housing struggle in Portland, much like activism of our time at large, often operates in a state of emergency. There is a need to stand behind those facing foreclosure, eviction, renoviction, houselessness, and rents rising well beyond livability. It is time we stand in solidarity against the basic injustice underlying rent - the exploitation of the human need for housing. Come and share your experience as a renter or with rent-related issues, learn about the history of rent and tenant struggles, and share resources for moving forward together.
These are separate events. Feel free to come to both or to just the one that makes the most sense for you! Snacks and assistance with watching your children will be available.
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015. 5:30pm-7:30pm.
@ The Portland Central Library Meeting Room
801 SW 10th Avenue
General Assembly* w/ presentations by Cameron Herrington of Living Cully & members of Socialist Alternative
Sunday, April 26th, 2015. 1pm-3pm.
@ The North Portland Library Meeting Room
512 N Killingsworth Street
General Assembly* w/ presentations by members of Portland Solidarity Network & former city council candidate, Nicholas Caleb
*Time for individuals to tell their stories in a supportive enenvironment.
Image: "Housing" by Pete Railand of Justseeds Artists' Cooperative.