Thoughts on Organizing in a Crisis

We are just beginning to feel the economic impact of coronavirus in the US. Millions will be unable to pay April rent and while some cities (including D.C.) have placed a moratorium on evictions, most have not. This crisis has inspired sudden talk of mass strikes and rent strikes. We’re thrilled at all this new interest in housing organizing—specifically a nationwide rent strike—but “organizing” for that in these times looks nothing like the kind of organizing we’ve done before. We’ve got some ideas about how to respond now, how we might prepare for local consequences down the line, and if you’re totally new to housing organizing, how you might start given that meeting face-to-face is largely off the table.