we can't pay

we won't pay

W H O A R E W E ?

We are a group of people living in the city of St. Louis. Some of us rent, some of us pay mortgages. A few of us are working through the epidemic, while others have been laid off. We're coming together in order to make sure we all get through this in one piece. We're also looking out for our neighbors and co-workers.

Looking out for each other means realizing that not everyone will be able to pay rent this month or next month. Some of us might not be able to pay rent in the following months as well. It also means realizing that not everyone is going to get a check from the government.

Whether its because we are sin papeles or because we didn't make enough to file a tax return, the government's bailouts are going to leave many city residents high and dry. Meanwhile, corporate executives will get to decide how to spend at least half a trillion dollars, and three times that amount has been made available to Wall Street firms. We imagine the hedge fund managers and CEOs won't have any trouble paying for their housing.

Those of us who do get checks shouldn't be expected to turn around and give that money to the same businesses that are already profiting from this nightmare. Doing that merely makes the payments to individuals into subsidies for grocery stores, pharmacies, and landlords. If you can afford to, consider investing that money in the well-being of the people around you.

In a world where our basic health and safety are dependent on getting paid, we say no to lining the pockets of those who are better off.

On April 1, and until our access to housing is guaranteed, we will no longer pay our rents and mortgages.

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