Being an Anti Eviction Defender

By signing up to be an anti-eviction defender we're hoping it will enable local activists and community members to mobilize quickly in response to an eviction, build community capacity for organizing and strengthen the links of tenant power.

No Evictions! by Josh MacPhee

Here is some further info on being an anti-eviction defender: 

What will an Anti-Eviction action look like? 

Every physical action will vary depending on each unique situation of housing, the tenant(s) and the landlord. A briefing will always occur at the beginning of each action to inform attendees of the proposed plan, their legalities and potential risks. 

Realistically, we won’t be able to organise an anti-eviction action for every eviction in SEQ, as we won’t have the resources or capacity. So we will be strategic in choosing evictions that will have the most impact including getting favourable media coverage (to amplify pressure on landlords) and putting pressure on politicians.

After the initial action, there will be a chance that we’ll need people on call to return to the property for a snap action, if police return to change locks for instance. If all else fails, and the tenant(s) is evicted, then the care work is essential. Having people, who have capacity, to help with childcare, transport and moving or providing food will be potentially needed.

What are some other actions or roles we can expect being an Anti Eviction Defender? 

 We may put a call out for folks to help us with:

  • Collecting data on evictions within SEQ 
  • Collecting data on landlords/communicating with landlords 
  • Listing who owns the buildings
  • Brainstorming creative ways to protest evictions  
  • Training people for NOI’s (Notice of Intention)

 

If you’re interested in further reading on housing justice ideology, and the future we’re looking towards we recommend reading these articles:

'Why we need a militant renters union' 

'Australian Renters Are Organizing To Fight Evictions, Just Like They Did in the 1930s'

'How We Helped Stop an Eviction into Homelessness'

This collection of essays also has an abundance of information on housing justice within an intersectional and anti-colonialist lens. It also includes international anti-eviction campaign organisations, from South Africa to Los Angeles, and what they’ve conducted throughout the years. 

We look forward to meeting you all!