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We are Escalating to a Rent Strike

We The Undersigned
United States

Mar 19, 2020 — 

As many of you witnessed, yesterday Mayor Wheeler received our demands and promptly dismissed them (watch here). We said we needed a rent freeze, he gave us a very narrow eviction moratorium. 

The Eviction Moratorium is Not Enough

Portland has been sold the "Eviction Moratorium" as a humane solution for renters pushed to the brink by the economic crisis following the COVID-19 outbreak. All workers and renters should know this is bogus.

Here's the difference:

Eviction Moratorium

  • Prevents evictions only during state of emergency (as little as three months)*
  • Rent must be paid back within 6 months, while rent continues to accrue
  • Renters have to  prove loss of work is due to virus
    Rent accrues with other expenses, including testing and treatment 
  • Landlords can contest an application
    Forces workers to continue working during the crisis, ignoring calls for social isolation**

Rent Freeze

  • Prevents evictions due to COVID-19 long term***
    Renters only start owing rent again after the crisis has passed
  • Benefits all workers, including undocumented workers and sex workers
  • Takes the burden off renters during medical crisis****
    Saves renters effort, time, and money by not subjecting them to burden of proof
  • Allows renters to comply with public health officials and stay home until the crisis has passed

* 200,000 households in Oregon  spend 50%+  their income on housing

** Even if we "flatten the curve," the virus is expected to make a resurgence in fall

*** CNN predicts US unemployment could reach 50% due to virus

**** Just testing for the virus can cost $1,000


We have produced letter templates to landlords and property management companies to let them know we are not paying rent when there are simply no wages to pay them from. 

Comrades with mortgages are urged to follow suit by paralleling us with a mortgage strike against the banks, who should not own homes in the first place. 

Houseless comrades are urged to take refuge in empty houses and buildings owned by these greedy banks and landlords. The survival of many literally depends on it. Let us know how we can best support you.


Should a rent strike be disrupted we are prepared to escalate to a general strike. We have strong as a united people, and will not let Ted Wheeler or the local city government along with property developers and banks to continue to profit off our disenfranchised residents. 



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