Freeze rents, mortgages, utilities and internet bills - UPDATED

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New Mexico Governor Michelle Luján Grisham

[UPDATE] - Since creating the original petition below, New Mexico is now at nearly 1800 cases with over 50 deaths.  And this is not over.  In addition many New Mexicans are even more strapped economically as stimulus checks have not arrived and self-employed and gig workers are not receiving any inemployment help - even though they, too, are tax payers.  While we applaud and agree with Governor Lujan Grisham's many efforts to keep us safe, we respectfully ask that she respond to this petition and help We The People.  If we do not get in front of the economic downturn from COVID-19, the the economic fallout will last much longer than the virus.

[Original Petition Text] - The coronavirus COVID-19 has been classified as a global pandemic. New Mexico currently has at least 28 cases statewide, and with testing underway, it is a certainty that number will multiple. State and federal officials are encouraging people who feel sick to stay home, but many workers already struggle to make rent or mortgage payments. You yourself  have rightly taken measures to limit and/or shut down businesses. Self-employed and small business owners are under incredible stress. The choice to skip work or close ther business for the sake of community health could leave them and their families unsheltered.

In order to protect the health and housing security of our community, we, the undersigned, call on Governor Luján-Grisham to act now so workers and small businesses won't have to make that choice. Specifically, we call for a suspension of all rent, mortgage, and utility payments for at least 2 full months to allow people to do what they need to in order to take care of themselves, their loved ones, and the community.

The legacy of every public official currently serving will be determined in the next few months.

It's time to act now, and choose the right side of history. Choose the people.