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Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted Release Party & Fundraiser
Monday, March 30, 2015 11am-11pm (Program will begin at 7:30pm)
Oregon Public House
700 NE Dekum St

What do you do if you get evicted? The evictions process can be scary. It doesn’t have to be – and our new comic Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted will help you know your legal rights as a renter!

Join the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT)  and  Join Know Your City (KYC) for a release party at Oregon Public House, a nonprofit brewpub (700 NE Dekum), Monday, March 30 from 7pm-9pm. The event will include short presentations from lead organizers CAT and KYC  as well as the illustrator Becky Hawkins. Community representatives and CAT members who participated in writing the stories featured in the comic are also invited to speak. Plus, a portion of the food and drink purchases will be donated to KYC and CAT for sales during the entire day!

Oregon continues to top the lists of desirable destinations across the country. More and more people are moving to Portland every day to enjoy our walkable neighborhoods and DIY culture. This national popularity has created a construction boom in the city, but at the risk of increased gentrification in areas home to low-income renters. Renters of all incomes face eviction in Portland everyday, and housing justice issues are becoming more and more pressing. Neighborhood demographics are changing as communities search for affordable housing, and face increasing demands and discrimination from landlords.

Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted tells stories which engage and educate tenants and non-tenants alike. Renters will be able to use this comic as a reference to understand the process of eviction, how to identify an unfair eviction, and what to do if it happens to them. Essential topics such as how to respond to a termination notice, what do do if you are locked out by your landlord, or what to expect if you need togo to evictions court.

Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted is the culmination of a year-long partnership between CAT and KYC, and contains first-hand accounts from CAT Members. Illustrator Becky Hawkins from French Toast Comix was selected from a public call to artists, due to her experience with story-telling and her accessible style. Using illustration to explain issues such as housing justice and legal processes surrounding eviction makes complex information more understandable and compelling.

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Know Your Rights: Don’t Get Evicted will be available at the release event and distributed for free from Community Alliance of Tenants. Copies will also be available at Know Your City’s office in Union Station and for download from the Know Your City and Community Alliance of Tenants website.

This project was funded by Sappi Fine Paper’s Ideas That Matter grant and Regional Arts & Culture Council.