BRRN Blog

Are Solidarity Networks the Future of Housing Justice?

As we get further away from the shocking chain of foreclosures that marked the 2008 financial crisis, it has become more apparent just how deep the catastrophe hit. The crisis led to 2.9 million foreclosures that year – a level of housing displacement comparable to an active war zone. For those without the means to […]

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Standing Up With the Burgerville Workers Union

Dressed in his work uniform, Jordan Vaandering looked like any other fast food employee heading into another long shift. But that day, April 26, was far from ordinary for the 25-year-old Burgerville employee. Since Vaandering makes under $10 per hour working at the drive-through, he had decided to come forward as a voice for a growing […]

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Standing Up for Emergency Rent Stabilization in Portland

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Portland Tenants United (PTU), the Portland, Oregon, based tenants’ union, descended on the Multnomah County building with hundreds of supporters. Since the City of Portland declared a renter state of emergency six months ago, organizers argue that the rental crisis in the hip urban areas of Portland has only gotten […]

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Confronting Low Wages and No Renter Protections in Oregon

On Thursday, February 18, minimum wage and housing justice activists in Oregon descended on Salem to protest a weakened wage proposal and delayed renters’ rights legislation. $15Now Oregon – the state wing of the larger Fight for $15 movement sweeping the country – saw opposition over the last several months coming from the much more […]

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Portland Solidarity Network Delivers Demands to Foster Auto Parts [VIDEO]

For 10:30 am on a Friday, the crowd just swelled beyond expectations on the corner of 26th and Foster in East Portland.  From union organizers to community groups, local activists to retirees, more than fifty supporters came together to stand with the Portland Solidarity Network (PDXSol) and Andrew Bobrek against the abuses he has alleged […]

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Portland Tenants United Lead City Into “Eviction Free 2016”

“There’s no such thing as “no cause” when it comes to a no-cause eviction,” said Rosalie Nowak, a Portland renter telling a crowd of hundreds about being evicted only a month after moving in. “There’s always a cause. A reason. It’s that you, as a renter, have no right to know what the hell is […]

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Fuck Trump Reportback

(Photo by David Martin) Trump announced his plans to speak in Richmond about a week out from his June 10th event, giving the left in the city very little time to respond. Setting a promising precedent, organizers from divergent left traditions came together across ideology to plan an emergency response to this white supremacist event. […]

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A Socialist on City Council: A Look at the Career of Kshama Sawant 

The case of Kshama Sawant shows that no matter how good the candidate, business as usual rules in elected office This article is part of an ongoing series called “Socialist faces in high places” looking at the left in relation to the electoral path and state power.  By Michael Reagan, Counterpunch 2016 is shaping up to be […]

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