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WE CAN’T PAY

On April 1st, many of us will find ourselves unable to pay our usual bills, and we are uncertain about what this will mean for our future housing and economic security.

WE WON’T PAY

We propose that starting April 1st, and continuing through the end of this crisis, all of us collectively stop paying:

  • Rent
  • Mortgage Payments
  • Utilities Bills
  • Student Loan Payments
  • Credit Card Payments

WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

Many of us don’t have a choice about whether or not to pay our bills — the crisis has left us without money to pay.  We propose that those who can still pay their bills refuse to pay in solidarity with those who cannot.   

An organized, collective refusal to pay bills will put enormous pressure on government and financial institutions to meet our demands. To be clear: we should not be paying rent or other bills during the crisis, and after the crisis is over, we should not owe money for payments we have missed.  

If you can’t pay, if you won’t pay, we ask that you make it known by taking the following action:

  • Every day until April 1st, at 5:00pm sharp, open your front door or a window facing out to the street.  Use a pot or a pan and a spoon to make some noise for 5 minutes so that your neighbors can hear you!
  • Make a “CANT PAY WONT PAY” sign to put in your window and spread the word.  

STAY TUNED

This website will expand rapidly to include: resources to help you network and organize with neighbors and fellow tenants, answers to frequently asked questions, materials that you can print or post on social media, participatory forums where strategies and demands can be developed and refined, and updates about the ever-changing legal protections in place for nonpayment of bills during the crisis.