Please join me in supporting CAAAV's work organizing working-class Asian immigrant tenants in NYC during the COVID-19 crisis by donating to their #CancelRentFund!
The COVID-19 crisis has pushed the most marginalized members of our community further into precarity. As millions are furloughed, laid off, evicted, indebted, sickened, and dying in the worst general crisis since the Great Depression, the profits of landlords should not be prioritized over the health and well-being of tenants. In New York City, many working-class Asian immigrants have lost their jobs and can't pay rent.
CAAAV has been organizing working-class Asian immigrant tenants for over 15 years. Now, they are raising money to organize rent strikes, direct relief efforts, and campaigning to push Governor Cuomo to #CancelRent for every tenant in NY state.
CAAAV's #CancelRentFund will go towards:
Emergency aid: Direct relief to CAAAV members, in the form of food, medicine, rent relief or legal support for CAAAV member-led rent strikes
Public Housing block organizing: Support for members to pressure NYCHA to cancel rent and for HUD to prioritize sanitation maintenance and emergency repairs so those most vulnerable to COVID-19 can stay in safe and healthy homes
Building by building organizing: Support for rent-stabilized members to write demand letters, pressure and negotiate with their landlords, instead of being forced to make impossible choices between affording rent or groceries
Language justice: Rapid translation into Chinese, Bangla and Korean of everything from eviction moratorium know your rights materials, to accurate information about COVID-19 health and safety, to #CancelRent campaign strategy
Building power to rent strike: Deepening our collective understanding of the power of coordinated, building-wide rent strikes, and to organize with CAAAV members to build enough power to strike