What’s at Stake?

Beginning on April 1st, 2020, many Americans will be unable to pay their rent, mortgage, loans, or utility bills in the context of the pandemic and global recession. The president has so far spent $2.5 trillion in bailing out the stock market and large corporations, and nothing to bail out the working class. 

Without a massive stimulus package, freeze on rent, utilities, and mortgage collection, millions of people will lose their jobs and homes. Unemployment could reach 30% according to some projections. We have to start organizing right now, turn our collective desperation to collective power, and force our government to enact a bailout for regular people, not Wall Street.

Our Demands

Rent Strike 2020 started when a simple petition to freeze rent, utilities and mortgage payments has collected over 2 million signatures within 48 hours. The creators of the petition (Joshua Collins, and Rose Caucus) realized that this is a revolutionary moment and immediately passed it off to organizers who could build this into a movement that will be able to deliver a win for regular people.

We have put together a comprehensive set of immediate demands that we are calling the People’s Bailout. Our goal is to win these demands for the working class by building a mass movement. We hope to partner with local tenants unions, labor unions, immigrant groups, prison reform and abolition groups, and left and socialist elected officials who share our movement strategy and vision. Following are our initial set of of demands:

  • Freeze all rent, mortgage, utility payments or we will carry out a rent strike!

  • Freeze all student, medical, car and consumer debt and interest during the ongoing pandemic and recession. Cancel student debt!

  • Tax big business and the rich, not regular people, to pay for the crisis.

  • House all unsheltered people to protect their health and safety, and public health at-large.

  • Suspend all Farm Service Agency payments to ensure that we have an uninterrupted food supply.

  • Provide free mass testing and treatment! Authorize the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services to cover all out of pocket expenses so people can get tested and treated without worrying about going bankrupt.

  • Medicare for All! Immediately nationalize pharma, healthcare, medical instruments and all providers for an emergency response like Spain did to swiftly respond to the health crisis.

  • Give democratic powers to Committees of workers and scientists over the response to the crisis in essential industries – including healthcare, transportation, logistics, grocery.

  • Nationalize any industry threatening layoffs that hasn't been bailed out under democratic workers' control.

  • End the mass incarceration system & immediately release all immigrants from detention centers to stop the spread of COVID-19 between prisoners and guards.

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  • endorsed

    “Housing is a human right, and no one should be denied shelter due to their economic status, especially during a pandemic. To do so is unethical, profiting off of basic human needs is parasitic, the housing industry is just as exploitative as the healthcare industry, and rent seeking behavior is never justified.”

  • endorsed

    “Alot of us are out of work and cant afford to pay rent to keep our children and families safe”

  • endorsed

    “Housing is a human right. We must unite and make systematic changes necessary for all. Power to the working class! Power to the people!”

  • endorsed

    “Dreaming of a better world is an act of rebellion. Be strong.”

  • endorsed

    “I believe rent and mortgage payments should be suspended until the working class that were forced to stay home from the Covid-19 pandemic unable to receive income from their jobs can go back to work.”

  • endorsed

    “So many people are losing their jobs right now. Also a lot of people are having their hours cut tremendously and these people can’t get unemployment because they are still employed which means that they might have to choose between rent and groceries the week of rent.”

  • endorsed

    “I just recently got back to work and will not have the money for rent on the first of May! I'm hurting for funds just like so many other people!”

  • endorsed

    “housing is a human right”

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