The Portland Solidarity Network is currently waging a direct action campaign with our friend Beth to recover her deposit from Brian Wannamaker, the owner of the Falcon Art Community and several properties around town, including at least four buildings on N. Mississippi Avenue.
Back in March, Beth moved into an apartment in the Falcon Art Community. She quickly realized the apartment had black mold and was making her extremely sick – so sick that she had no choice but to move out her apartment less than a month after moving in. When Beth initially signed her one-year lease, she was told that if she had to move out before her lease expired due to extreme and/or extenuating circumstances, her deposit would be refunded. Beth figured that the fact that her apartment had black mold and was making her sick would qualify as an ‘extreme circumstance’. However, when she asked for her deposit back, Brian and his representatives ignored her for a few weeks before eventually denying her request. Beth initially heard about the Portland Solidarity Network from a co-worker, and when she saw one of our posters on a lamp-post, she gave us a call. We set up a meeting with her, and when she told us her story, we decided to take on her campaign.
Together with Beth, we planned and carried out the demand delivery, which took place on Monday, August 6th. Thirty-four friends and supporters joined us as we marched into the offices of the Falcon Art Community and delivered a letter demanding the return of Beth’s deposit. Brian was not present, but we left a copy of the letter and also read it out loud on Brian’s voicemail. We made it clear that the Portland Solidarity Network will engage in direct action until Brian does the right thing and returns Beth’s deposit in full.
Here’s a video of the demand delivery: