Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay! Building the Movement to #CancelRent and Win Housing Justice

Start: Saturday, May 16, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

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An astonishing three million people have signed onto the Rent Strike 2020 petition demanding a suspension of rents, mortgages, and utility bills during the extent of the COVID-19 crisis.

Join New Yorkers on Saturday at 2pm for a panel discussion and Q&A about how we unite our buildings, state, and country to #CancelRent!

New York’s housing justice movement has won important concessions so far, including a means-tested extension of the eviction moratorium to August 20th. Yet our biggest battles lie ahead and there are many questions for our movement. What strategy will take us to victory? Can we use this crisis to change the housing market for the better? What tactics are working for tenant organizing in the age of social distancing?

Join rent strikers, activist leaders, and socialists this Saturday, May 16th from 2:00-3:30pm on Facebook Live and YouTube to hear from our standout panel and ask them your questions!

Our panelists:

  • Cea Weaver, Housing Justice 4 All, Lead Organizer

  • Andrea Shapiro, Metropolitan Council on Housing, Director of Programs & Advocacy

  • Steven Latham, Socialist Alternative, Tenant Organizer

  • Marcela Mitaynes, DSA Candidate for NY Assembly in Brooklyn, Tenant Organizer

  • Elin Miller, FullTime Tenants Union, Rent Strike 2020 Rent Striker and Tenant Organizer

  • Lena Melendez, Riverside Edgecombe Neighborhood Alliance, Rent Striker and Tenant Organizer


To win real rent relief during this crisis, we can’t count on lobbying establishment politicians to do the right thing and listen to the demands outlined in the petition. Instead, we need to keep organizing our buildings across New York and fight for a rent cancellation with no rent debt.


Organizing your building can seem like a difficult task, especially since so many of us have never organized alongside our neighbors to fight for our rights as tenants. The corporate landlord lobby holds immense power, but New York’s own proud history of tenants’ struggles shows that we can win when we unite together and organize. Join our meeting on Saturday to hear from rent strikers and get plugged into the network of support and solidarity.