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Sat Apr 25 2020 (Updated 05/11/20)
SF May Day Car Caravan
Cancel Rent, Homes For All, and a Debt Free Future
A coalition of organizations is organizing a SF May Day Car Caravan on Friday, May 1 to demand the cancellation of rent, mortgage, and utility payments as well as homes for all and a debt free future for tenants, homeless residents, workers and families. The COVID-19 pandemic has further unveiled the deep inequality in our economic and housing systems. In California, renters make up almost half of the population. 55% of renters are considered cost-burdened, with low-income people and people of color suffering the worst instability.

As a historic 22 million workers filed for unemployment in the US in the last four weeks, people are demanding legislators provide immediate relief by cancelling rent, mortgage and utility payments, and establishing emergency housing for those without the ability to safely shelter in place. Residents can’t follow Governor Newsom’s call to “Stay Home, Save Lives” if they don’t have a secure home, or if they fear future evictions or homelessness should they not be able to make their rental or mortgage payments. Current temporary eviction moratoriums without rental forgiveness will leave many facing insurmountable debts and will mean that any wages one is able to secure will be redirected to the real estate industry.

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See Also: photo May Day Car Caravan in Fresno | event Santa Cruz: May Day Car and Bike Caravan | event Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights | event Counter “ReOpen America” Rally in San Francisco | article May Day: Honoring Frontline Workers in the Pandemic | imc_calendar.svg SF May Day Rally with Black United Workers at SF City Hall | imc_calendar.svg MayDay in the Bay: Worker and Community Caravan in Oakland | imc_calendar.svg May Day Virtual Rally
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