US: Tenants collectively organizing for a national rent strike
Across the US, tenants are ditching taking their organizing virtual. They’re hatching plans over Zoom, creating digital guides for rent strikes and drumming up support on messaging apps. Rent strikes are now underway — there are at least 71 across the country, while a New York petition to cancel rent has garnered nearly 90,000 signatures — bear little resemblance to conventional ones. The intended target of this new wave of strikes is the government itself.
“To have a fighting chance with the state, tenants will need to be organized on a mass scale that is not there currently.”
The Real Deal originally published the story on April 10, 2020. On April 16, news broke of Housing Justice For All and the Philadelphia Tenant Union’s planned rent strikes for May 1.