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Don't Move Out! Foreclosure Resistance in Portland poster


“Don’t Move Out! Foreclosure Resistance in Portland” is a full-color over-sized poster (35″ x 22.5”) that unfolds in a map-style layout. Know Your City partnered with We Are Oregon and graphic illustrator Jesse Reklaw to create a visual explanation of what people are doing to resist housing foreclosure. The poster explains the policies of banking corporations since the onset of the economic recession and what people can do about it locally. The narrative is told through a comic-book format, featuring the stories of several Portlanders who have had their homes repossessed, and one that is currently resisting.

We Are Oregon chose to partner with Know Your City to address this problem with their City Works Poster Series. They wanted to create an outreach tool that would help homeowners understand their options. They also wanted a piece that could speak to the large numbers of Spanish speaking populations they work with, to help them understand banking policy and their legal rights.

Don’t Move Out! is the first in a series of fold-out posters KYC is creating that aims to add vitality to crucial debates about Portland’s future, while creating opportunities for designers to engage with social issues. Each poster is the product of a commissioned collaboration between a designer, advocacy organization and KYC. The project is inspired by Making Policy Public, a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Jesse Reklaw is the creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Slow Wave and author of Dreamtoons, The Night of Your Life, and Couch Tag. He lives in SE Portland.

We Are Oregon is a non-profit organization that works with communities across Portland on issues that affect working people. With people coming together to fight foreclosures, our communities are doing what government has been unable to do: hold banks accountable for crashing our economy and profiting from the pain of our communities. More information available at www.weareoregon.org.

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