Tenants Rights Protestors Show Up At Seattle Landlord Conference

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Tenants Rights Protestors Show Up At Seattle Landlord Conference

Tenants rights protesters showed up outside the Trends Rental Housing Management Conference and Tradeshow Show Tuesday in Seattle outside the Washington State Convention Center.

About 75 protestors from the Washington Community Action Network showed up to demand protection for renters, according to a media advisory the group put out.

Tenant rights, labor, and housing advocate groups planned a day of protests and education to “counterbalance the presence of landlords from around the state at an industry trade show at the convention center downtown Tuesday,” according to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

Observers said the group was orderly and quiet, unlike some tenants’ rights groups in Portland which have protested landlord and property management events in Oregon.

Tenants Rights Protestors Show Up At Seattle Landlord Conference

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TRENDS is the largest one-day rental housing ownership/management conference and trade show on the West Coast featuring over 200 exhibitors. TRENDS serves the Pacific Northwest and is a national award-winning event with over 1,500 attendees.

Tenants rights protestors at conference and tradeshow

Tenants Rights Protestors Show Up At Seattle Landlord Conference

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The protest group said in the advisory that the rally at the conference and trade show would include “speakers who will share their stories and elected officials will discuss upcoming legislation related to tenant rights both on the city and state levels.”

On their website, the group says “with over 40,000 members, Washington CAN! is the state’s largest grassroots community organization. Together we work to achieve racial, social, gender and economic justice in Washington state and our nation. We believe that we can only achieve our goals when people become involved and take action for justice.”

The group started a rally for tenants’ rights earlier in the day.

According to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, tenants rights organizers said State Representative Nicole Macri, and City Council members Kshama Sawant and Teresa Mosqueda were scheduled to attend the rally.

Tenants Rights Protestors Show Up At Seattle Landlord Conference

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“On December 5th, landlord associations are holding a conference with 1,500 landlords from throughout the state to learn how to use current law against tenants. These same landlord associations spend thousands of dollars buying local elections, lobbying against tenant rights on the local and state level, and suing cities to block tenant rights,” the group said on Facebook. Sponsoring organizers include the Washington Community Action Network, the Gender Justice League, UFCW Local, 21 WFSE Local 304, SEIU 775, Real Change, and the Washington Tenants Union, according to the blog.

Trends is owned by Institute of Real Estate Management, the Rental Housing Association of Washington, and the Washington Landlord Association.

Tenants Rights Protestors Show Up At Seattle Landlord Conference

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