The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
Artists for Rent Control is a network that everyone who is in favor of rent control, and against the feudalistic status quo in countries like the United States and others, is encouraged to participate in. Our dual mission is popular education and direct action. As we develop this website, our aim in terms of popular education is to provide more free resources for use in rent strikes and other campaigns, in addition to the graphics, posters, and songs you’ll find here now.
On the direct action front, our intention is to form anti-eviction squads, to respond quickly to situations where landlords are attempting to evict tenants. Whereas in former times rent strikers employed tools like tin horns, pots and pans to get the word out — all still valuable items in any rent strike — we modern rent strikers can also make good use of push notifications. By signing up to receive push notifications on your phone, you become a potential participant in Portland Emergency Eviction Response — you will receive a message when there’s an eviction happening near you. When crowds gather at an eviction, this can often be all that’s needed for an eviction to be canceled.