As terrifying as this pandemic is, I keep repeating to myself - how lucky we are to get to organize in this time.
COVID-19 has deeply impacted the lives of many CAAAV members. We have members who are homecare workers, restaurant workers, taxi drivers, who are forced to choose between putting their lives at risk in order to pay rent, or putting their health first and quitting their jobs - and losing access to unemployment. Many of our members are undocumented, and aren't receiving a stimulus check. Yet in the midst of all the pain and heartbreak of this crisis, there's also an incredible organizing opportunity. People across the country and the world are realizing what our members have always known - housing should be a human right.
CAAAV is getting ready to leverage all the working class Asian immigrant power we've been building over the last 15 years. Nobody should have to choose between feeding their family and lining real estate’s pockets. Our members are organizing their neighbors through WeChat and WhatsApp, writing collective demand letters to their landlords, organizing majority building-wide rent strikes, and fighting hard to force Governor Cuomo to #CancelRent.
This is our chance to change real estate's chokehold on New York City. Crises create openings for long-term change, and the right is organizing as hard as we are. We will either watch from the sidelines as real estate and big landlords get bailed out, while our members face food insecurity, job and income loss and mass evictions. Or we'll come out of this crisis with a tenant movement organized at scale, with hundreds and thousands of building Tenant Associations ready to fight their landlords and force Governor Cuomo to #CancelRent now and bend to our political will long-term.
Will you donate to CAAAV and support us to level up our organizing so we can meet this crisis?