Tell Banks and Landlords: We Strike on May 1 Unless You Meet Our Basic Demands!

Join Jobs With Justice and millions of working people around the country as we call on big banks and landlords to place a moratorium on everyone’s rent for the next three months!

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world, economy, and livelihoods upside down in a matter of weeks. We were already fighting against big banks and unscrupulous landlords, who turned our homes into profit engines for the mega rich—and that was before the pandemic. That’s why we’re calling on the banks and landlords controlling the rents and homes of millions put people before profits right now.

At this time of deadly disease and economic crisis, we have control over our collective response. Working people can force structural changes: changes that prioritize democratic participation and accountability throughout all arenas of society—in our homes and at work.

On May 1, 2020, Jobs With Justice and its partners are calling for a housing strike against Wall Street and corporate landlords who seek to profit from our pain. No one should have to choose between paying for food or paying for housing.

We’re asking you to pledge to join us in a rent strike unless the biggest landlords in the country:

  • Forgive unpaid rents and waive mortgage interest and defer mortgage payments for the months of April, May and June;
  • Cease evictions of any renters and foreclosures on any homeowners during the full duration of the crisis — for at least six months;
  • Use their political power to call on public officials to support housing relief for the tens of millions of American workers who have lost their jobs.

Millions of working people pay their rent each month to enormous companies and some of the wealthiest individuals in the world. Companies like Greystar, Equity Residential, and Lincoln Property Company control the rents for apartments in every state in the United States, while billionaires like Sam Zell founder and chairman of Equity Residential and Barry Sternlicht of Starwood Capital effectively serve as landlords for millions of us. These enormous companies dictate the rent and home prices in communities across the country. Private Equity firms like Cerebus own and rent out single family homes and have a proven track record of evicting Black people following the Great Recession.

Take the pledge and join us on May 1st as we take control of this crisis and lay the groundwork to force these companies to the table and to negotiate with us – now and into the future.

Disclaimer: Jobs With Justice respects your ability to assess your own risk, but encourage rent strikers to consider to investigate ways of protecting themselves. Many states have enacted temporary full or partial protections against eviction, but not all have, and where they prohibitions exist, the rules in effect in each political jurisdiction can differ. In signing this pledge, you reserve the right to withdraw from the rent strike should your circumstances change.


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