Brian Wannamaker, Owner of the Falcon Art Community, Sends Bad Check!

The Portland Solidarity is presently in the midst of a campaign to recover our friend Beth’s deposit from her former landlord, Brian Wannamaker. The campaign got off the ground on Monday, August 6th, when we delivered a demand letter at Brian’s offices (see description and video of the event in our previous posting).  Exactly a week after the demand delivery action, Beth received a check in the mail for her full deposit, along with a letter from Brian that referenced the demand delivery. Beth deposited the check, but just before the check cleared, Brian CANCELED the check. In addition to not receiving the $500 deposit she originally expected, Beth is being further penalized by her bank for drawing on a bad check (her bank initially listed the check as cleared).

Why is Brian – owner of the Falcon Arts Community and several properties, including at least four on N. Mississippi Avenue – sending checks to his former tenants, and then cancelling the checks before they clear? His actions are not those of a property owner and landlord who cares about the individuals to whom he rents.

These recent events will only make the Portland Solidarity Network and our supporters fight that much harder with Beth to recover her deposit!

Stay tuned for more announcements and updates, and please get in touch with us to be placed on our contact list so you can hear about and participate in upcoming actions!


Campaign against Brian Wannamaker and the Falcon Art Community

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: