PS: In April, you told The New York Times: "We did not pay April rent and we plan on not paying on the first of the month. I've put the money away in case things get worse."
By most accounts, things have gotten worse for New Yorkers: no rent freeze, the end of unemployment benefits, the end of the city's eviction moratorium readily approaching on Oct. 1.
So, we know that our leaders aren't doing nearly enough to rescue us. Yet, there is a historic opening. We're also living through the biggest uprising the country has ever seen, far eclipsing the Women's March, Occupy, or even the civil rights-era protests.
JS: Seems that the Trump administration via the CDC announced a nationwide eviction moratorium just [last] Tuesday. It has expanded relief to tens of millions of more renters than what the CARES Act enacted, and it's quite the swipe at the Democrats. It's been astounding to see the sort of state intervention into the so-called "free market" that Republican congresspeople, governors, and even the president himself are contemplating and implementing. Even still, though, it all hasn't gone far enough. The eviction moratoria passed by the White House and even Democratic officeholders such as Gov. Cuomo don't cancel rent obligations. So really, millions and millions of tenants are gonna be racking up debts that they'll have to pay back to their landlords eventually. But, how in the hell are they gonna pay back thousands and thousands of dollars at the "end" — or at least, abatement — of this public health crisis in times of historic joblessness, precarity, and hunger?
So, we know that our leaders aren't doing nearly enough to rescue us. Yet, there is a historic opening. We're also living through the biggest uprising the country has ever seen, far eclipsing the Women's March, Occupy, or even the civil rights-era protests. We've never lived through a period of revolt this intense, this militant, this widespread, and this prolonged. We gotta take advantage of the pressure elites, big business, and landlords are under in these times of unrest, pandemic, and depression.