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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    “Nationwide, people were forced out of work and made to allocate what little funds available towards making ends meet elsewhere. Some states are barely able to offer unemployment. Landlords in these times need to work with banks and the government, not gauge their tenants.”

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    “Not only do I endorse Bernie and all squad members, I also care about their basic rights as a 68 y/o houseless vet, I seek a (FB) Green New Global Deal, and one day our children will have it.”

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    “Myself, I work as both a musician and a bouncer. Both of those gigs have come to a screeching halt. Living in Nashville, if forced to leave my home, I would have nowhere to go, and no way to pay for it. Nashville is still greatly damaged from the tornado. ... there has to be a process to get our feet back on the ground. We need a break.”

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    “Early everyone I know has been laid off temporarily, and everyone i know who worked at a locally owned restaurant has been laid off indefinitely due to these businesses having to close down for good. Both of my parents have been laid off indefinitely. As have I, and I am the sole provider for my 5 year old. We were given less than 24 hours separation notice and have zero savings , as we barely make it as it.”

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    “We're in unprecedented times and people are being laid off which is not their fault.”

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    “I support rent strike 2020 because it gives Americans their livelihood back until they get back on her feet.”

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    “Rent strike 2020. You’re endorsement can save Americans from homelessness. Together we can change our history and move into a future of collective consciousness.”

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    “Nationwide, people were forced out of work and made to allocate what little funds available towards making ends meet elsewhere. Some states are barely able to offer unemployment. Landlords in these times need to work with banks and the government, not gauge their tenants.”

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    “Not only do I endorse Bernie and all squad members, I also care about their basic rights as a 68 y/o houseless vet, I seek a (FB) Green New Global Deal, and one day our children will have it.”

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    “Myself, I work as both a musician and a bouncer. Both of those gigs have come to a screeching halt. Living in Nashville, if forced to leave my home, I would have nowhere to go, and no way to pay for it. Nashville is still greatly damaged from the tornado. ... there has to be a process to get our feet back on the ground. We need a break.”

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    “Early everyone I know has been laid off temporarily, and everyone i know who worked at a locally owned restaurant has been laid off indefinitely due to these businesses having to close down for good. Both of my parents have been laid off indefinitely. As have I, and I am the sole provider for my 5 year old. We were given less than 24 hours separation notice and have zero savings , as we barely make it as it.”

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    “We're in unprecedented times and people are being laid off which is not their fault.”

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    “It’s crazy times and I’m trying to save my children’s life while saving the rest of the world by doing my part and practicing social distancing.”

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    “Our lives are far more important than an economy pausing everything for 2 month and try to contain Covid19 form spreading. The numbers in the US are averaging 20k reported cases a day and it will continue to rise exponentially if not stopped. Not pausing the economy would affect far more. I go every day into people's home because my Bill's still need to be paid. How will this our government worries more about the economy than our lives. Thank you Alex Mendoza 7863849710 Count me in for any assistance.”