Anti Eviction Defenders
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Do you want to be a part of an on-call dream team to show landlords that it’s not okay to evict someone from their home?
Landlords and property agents have it too easy to expel someone from their home. With little to no accountability, we want this to change!
BRA is starting up an on-call Anti Evictions call-out group, where if we’re contacted by someone who is being evicted we will send out a call to mobilise people swiftly, whether to be physically present on the ground to protest the eviction, to call or email the property agents or to share information on their socials to inform others who may not be part of the group.
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Why are we setting up something like this? Will this even stop evictions?
With actions like these, there is no guarantee that an eviction will be cancelled. In reality, the individual(s) may still be forced out of their home.
However, the more persistent we are in resisting evictions, the more, we hope, landlords will expect resistance and opposition.
We will inconvenience the immediate ruthless process of eviction, and ideally prevent them from occurring, and allow the tenant more time to organise their housing situation. With housing justice groups growing we also hope this to be an additional space to grow and cultivate community and movement around housing and tenant justice initiatives. For those 1.8 million Queenslanders who rent, you might be aware that rental laws in Queensland are some of the weakest in so-called Australia.
With a slow moving bureaucracy, we must not only rely on reformism alone, but on grassroots mobilisation and generating accountable relationships across all platforms and organisations.
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.
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First Nations solidarity
As we live on land where sovereignty has never been ceded, where private property and the role of landlords are cultivations of a system built on genocide and dispossesion of First Nations people, where homelessness disproportionally affects First Nations people, it is our collective duty to resist and hold accountable this ongoing system of corrosive power relations of landlord and tenant*. The laws enabling these relations are laws nonconsensually operating on stolen land, laws which only benefit those who own private property and laws which reinforce settler-colonial occupation of privatising unceded Indigenous land.
We hope the Anti-Eviction defenders will also emerge as a space for those to unite and show solidarity for First Nations land right struggles. Our fight for housing justice must continue to challenge and resist settler-colonial ideologies of ownership and tenure.
“The way we build a movement that can contest power at transformative scales, where we can make housing justice a norm, in policy and practice, is to center local grassroots organizing, build strong operational and political relationships between these movements, and from those relationships generate new ways of knowing."
Tony Roshan Samara from Urban Habitat, Right to the City Alliance
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