Saturday, May 02, 2020

Rent Strike Uprising Confronts Kansas City And The Nation

This one if East Coast focused but the prolific protests of KC Tenants have put this struggle at the forefront of local policy and the discourse . . . Here's the big picture:

The Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is Here

Cristina Jeffers lives in an apartment complex in Elmhurst, Queens, at the center of the coronavirus crisis. As friends and neighbors have fallen ill around her, Jeffers has been lucky to stay healthy. But work abruptly evaporated for the single mother and housekeeper.


Anonymous said...

I bet Tara is confining in her well to do physician parents home in Mission Hills.

Anonymous said...

Tara Raghuveer is the director of KC Tenants. She is also the Housing Campaign Director at People’s Action, a national network of grassroots organizations committed to economic and racial justice. Tara cut her teeth organizing in the immigrant rights movement. She was the Deputy Director of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), a coalition of the nation’s 37 largest immigrant rights organizations. Tara has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR, The Guardian, and Slate. She has also written for the Urban Institute, TIME, and VICE. Tara’s research on eviction and poverty in Kansas City is cited in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted. She is an Australian-born, Indian-American immigrant who came to the US with her family in 1995 and grew up in Kansas City.

And to think, Quinton Lucas didn't write the check for $2 million.

Anonymous said...

The only potential way for a rent elimination plan to work is to also include personal mortgages in the plan (to avoid class-based opposition), and to include commercial mortgages (as most landlords are incorporated with debt on commercial paper). The better option would be the universal reduction in rent and mortgage payments via the temporary elimination of property taxes (30% of average rent goes to landlord taxes) and fixed-amount vouchers available to all (i.e. $600/mo, similar to the stimulus checks).

Anonymous said...


Despite the guerilla marketing tactics to promote their business, it turned out there was very little demand for trike rental during a pandemic!!!

Harold Eugene Johnson said...

Boo Hoo! Poor little socialist are going to face a big surprise when they learn someone had to pay for everything free.

Anonymous said...

Just about all of these "grass roots" organizations are funded by mysterious sources with paid "activists" and "directors" and professional signs and organization.
Then the job becomes finding clueless locals to fill the ranks, which really isn't very hard.
All you have to do is to tell people that you're there to get them something for free.
And the clueless gullible media fall all over themselves to get their visuals.
And sad.

Anonymous said...

You act like shes god sent. Again, you are a Democrat out of touch. You and her can kiss my ass. Let's get back to work.