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

    “This is a very hard time for a lot of people who are out of work and are trying to stay afloat abs take care of their family”

  • endorsed

    “There are so many people that were not fourtance enough to keep their job and they have children and other people that depend on them. The world is slowly ending, ar should be spending time with our loved ones and being worried about if were going to have a home to come to at night”

  • endorsed

    “There are so many people out of work or just going through a hard time right now with the coronavirus and all the deaths, that they don't have the money to pay for all the bills coming in at the same time. WE NEED HELP AND IT'S TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND HELP”

  • endorsed

    “Because i’ve been highly affected, because I’m currently not working and need help !”

  • endorsed

    “I endorsed rent strike because, We are being left completely vulnerable without any real financial support from or Gov't to sustain our homes AND feed our families!!! Most paycheck to paycheck Americans are having to make the choice no one should have to, of do I feed my family or pay rent/mortgage. Meanwhile some landlord have no compassion and are aggressively going about trying to collect their rent.”

  • endorsed

    “I am not making nearly enough money to support my household.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse the rent strike because everyone deserves to feel safe and secure in the home they live in and not be afraid to have it ripped out form under them because they cant work we dont need any more homeless people in America.”

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