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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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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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The Portland Solidarity Network Holds First Picket at Foster Auto Parts

The Portland Solidarity Network recently came on to support Andrew, a former employee at Foster Auto Parts in east Portland.  According to Andrew, he was fired after he started to form a union with his co-workers.  This came after he was promised a raise for taking on extra tasks, and after he was let go his […]

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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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Solidarity In Action: Housing and Labor Groups Support Workers at Janus Negotiations [VIDEO]

The chants barely subsided as they pushed their way into the main office. Workers at the Janus Youth Shelter had seen their negotiations almost entirely halted as they saw the prospect of miniscule raises, layoffs, and cuts in services for the homeless at-risk youth they serve. As they moved into the office with a group […]

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Housing for All: The Tenants Movement Takes the Streets [VIDEO]

What would a city look like with housing for all? Voices were raised collectively on August 28th, asking why we can’t defend against skyrocketing rents, mass housing displacement, and systemic gentrification of working class communities and communities of color. Starting with a rally at City Hall, housing organizations and renters spoke out about the housing […]

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Portland Demands a Raise: PDX Joins the Fight for $15 Day of Action

We don’t live in the world we were promised. With hard work we could achieve dreams, the kind of which our parents never could have seen. Instead we have collectively headed into a “lost generation” where we will be the first generation to be poorer than our parents. The concept of preparatory work, or jobs […]

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PDXSol Picket Fox Management; Property Manager Kallie Caito Lashes Out With Erratic Rants

On Wednesday, February 18th the Portland Solidarity Network’s Outer East Side Committee escalated their campaign against Fox Management and property manager Kallie Caito. The campaign supports Aubrey and Becky, who are former tenants of a Fox Management apartment for more than ten years, where they suffered ill-repair and dangerous conditions in their apartment, over charging, […]

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