Bernie with Jonno Sri, Councillor for The Gabba Ward
Forced evictions are ongoing, despite covid and the recent flood-related devastation. Rents are getting higher. Real estate agents are proactively encouraging property sales to maximise profits. Developers and landlords are displacing the vulnerable and marginalised so they can harvest huge profits.
Support Bernie & his Housemates
Bernie is a 65-year-old pensioner who's lived in his Milton home for over 10 years. He's been a reliable and long-term tenant, but he's already stretching his pension. He can't afford to move anywhere else in the area. Despite this, Bernie and his housemates are being forcibly evicted by Melbourne-based developer Goldfields because as their CEO Lachlan Thompson says, Goldfields “are hungry to grow” and can amass “significant capital value growth due to limited supply” of housing.
Join us in sending Goldfields a message before Friday 15 April.
Use the template below for a quick and easy way to make a submission to Brisbane City Council, opposing Goldfields' development application. Goldfields and the local representatives at all levels of government will be copied into the email.
- Provide your full address. Submissions are only valid if you include full postal or residential address
- Please ask in the email if you would like your personal details redacted from the public copy of your submission.
- You are welcome to personalise the email with your own views on the eviction.
Sign up here to our Eviction Defenders! - also at the bottom of page
& then send a quick email to stop Bernie from being Evicted - our first Eviction Defenders campaign
Joining our Eviction Defenders
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!
Check out our zine which provides an introduction to our Eviction Defenders campaign Stand Together Against Evictions
What does 'Resisting Eviction' direct action look like?
As well as physically resisting evictions, we are also inviting and involving creativity to the direct actions including art installations, chalking, artistic banner painting, projections and distributing info to the neighbourhood with a highly visible team on bikes. Evictions Defenders is a group of activists that can mobilise people swiftly, either to:
- Be physically present on the ground to protest the eviction
- Call or email the property agents or landlords
- Share information on social media about the campaign
Will this even stop evictions?
With actions like these, there is no guarantee that an eviction will be cancelled. In reality, the evictions may still eventually happen. However, the more persistent we are in resisting evictions, the more, landlords will expect resistance and opposition which may give them second thoughts about evicting people.
At least 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. It is not possible to resist all of the thousands of evictions each year in Queensland, so we will be strategic in choosing evictions that will have the most impact and the full informed consent of those being evicted.
First Nations solidarity
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.
The laws enabling these relations are laws non-consensually 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. Our fight for housing justice must continue to challenge and resist settler-colonial ideologies of ownership and tenure.