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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    “Most people are having hard time paying there Bill because they have lost their jobs do to this deadly virus.”

  • endorsed

    “We need help with paying our rent , it’s 850.00 for a family of 5 I get 952.00 of social security what does that leave? Please help”

  • endorsed

    “The whole world needs this since the government decided to close everything up and lay everyone off and a lot of people not receiving unemployment!”

  • endorsed

    “I’m a single Mom with 2 girls home from college , because of Covid -19. I work 2 jobs & lost them both.”

  • endorsed

    “COVID-19 is causing people financial hardship due to unemployment. Let the tenant pay the May payment later in the year.”

  • endorsed

    “I was a successful, hardworking small business owner until covid-19 hit and the government and state deemed me as “non-essential” and ordered me to work from home. I work with events so that is impossible. I therefore can not make money yet I should still pay rent to support landlords and banks? That is absolutely not fair.”

  • endorsed

    “I am so angry with the government for their lack of concern for working class people, seniors, the homeless and students. Angry with on going bail outs and support of wall street, big corporations and the very wealthy. It has been the "good ole boy" system for too long while the American people have been oppressed and ignored for years. Our government tells us lies then turns their backs on us when we need them most. They have no respect for our plight, no concern for our well being and show it by failing us when we need help the most. They do not feel the need to explain or even defend their failings. Working class people the poor and homeless need a break! It is our time now, in this pandemic it is our time to be pampered and lifted up. We have sacrificed and struggled for years now and it is OUR TIME to receive a bail out on our bills. We deserve a bailout.”

  • endorsed

    “All power to the people. Support your neighbors.”

  • endorsed

    “We need more of a break on these bills and taxes while we try to recover from the government's screw up.”

  • endorsed

    “Not fair for the people to pay for government fuck ups..!”

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “Most people are having hard time paying there Bill because they have lost their jobs do to this deadly virus.”

  • endorsed

    “We need help with paying our rent , it’s 850.00 for a family of 5 I get 952.00 of social security what does that leave? Please help”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “The whole world needs this since the government decided to close everything up and lay everyone off and a lot of people not receiving unemployment!”

  • endorsed

    “I’m a single Mom with 2 girls home from college , because of Covid -19. I work 2 jobs & lost them both.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “COVID-19 is causing people financial hardship due to unemployment. Let the tenant pay the May payment later in the year.”

  • endorsed

    “I was a successful, hardworking small business owner until covid-19 hit and the government and state deemed me as “non-essential” and ordered me to work from home. I work with events so that is impossible. I therefore can not make money yet I should still pay rent to support landlords and banks? That is absolutely not fair.”

  • endorsed

    “I am so angry with the government for their lack of concern for working class people, seniors, the homeless and students. Angry with on going bail outs and support of wall street, big corporations and the very wealthy. It has been the "good ole boy" system for too long while the American people have been oppressed and ignored for years. Our government tells us lies then turns their backs on us when we need them most. They have no respect for our plight, no concern for our well being and show it by failing us when we need help the most. They do not feel the need to explain or even defend their failings. Working class people the poor and homeless need a break! It is our time now, in this pandemic it is our time to be pampered and lifted up. We have sacrificed and struggled for years now and it is OUR TIME to receive a bail out on our bills. We deserve a bailout.”

  • endorsed

    “All power to the people. Support your neighbors.”

  • endorsed

  • endorsed

    “We need more of a break on these bills and taxes while we try to recover from the government's screw up.”

  • endorsed

    “Not fair for the people to pay for government fuck ups..!”