On Saturday, July 11 we will hold honking car parades and march to the homes of our members of Congress to deliver our emergency pandemic demands. We will rally outside their homes and share stories of how the pandemic and systemic racism have affected our lives. We will call them outside to commit to the #PeoplesStimulus.
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1. Defund police and divert funds back to schools and social services
2. Medicare for all
3. Monthly $2,000 cash payments for all
4. Cover payroll to protect small business jobs
5. Suspend rent and mortgage payments
6. Suspend student and credit card loan payments
Our government’s heartless and immoral response to the coronavirus pandemic has devastated the country. The U.S. has more cases and deaths than any other nation on Earth.
The Democrats and Republicans used the pandemic and economic depression to hand Wall Street trillions of dollars in corporate bailouts. Meanwhile working people have been left struggling to afford basic needs like food and housing. Now that Big Business has raided the Treasury and the Fed, Washington is saying that this next stimulus bill in late July will be the last.
We demand that this be the #PeoplesStimulus!
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Things are about to get even worse. Forty-five million people have filed for unemployment but the expanded benefits are ending on July 31. Twenty-three million people could be thrown out of their homes as federal and state moratoriums on evictions and foreclosures expire this month. Forty percent of small businesses could go bankrupt in the largest wave of corporate consolidation in modern history. Forty-two percent of jobs may never return.
The communities rising up against police brutality and systemic racism after George Floyd’s killing are the same communities that are being hit the hardest by this pandemic and economic depression. Black, Latino, and indigenous peoples have the highest coronavirus death rates, highest unemployment rates, and the least wealth. That’s why our demands have the highest support among communities of color.
These emergency demands must be implemented immediately. Debt payments must be suspended until there is a vaccine and the pandemic and economic crisis are brought to an end. If Wall Street gets the biggest bailout in American history. If billionaires get to rake in hundreds of billions in new wealth. If members of Congress get to bail out their own businesses. Then the people are going to get a #PeoplesStimulus
For months the corporate parties have been telling us to wait our turn for a people’s bailout that has never come. This is our last chance. Actions at Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s house just helped protesters divert $133 million from the police budget back to the community. Actions at FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s house helped save net neutrality in 2014.
If the Democrats and Republicans cannot bring themselves to guarantee health care, housing, a basic income, and freedom from police brutality and crushing debt in the middle of this devastating crisis, then they will never stand with the people. Join or help organize a local action.
With the exception of defunding police, our emergency demands have already been proposed in Congress. The majority of Americans support them but most politicians in the establishment parties have refused to back them.
1. Defund police and divert funds back to schools and social services (#DefundPolice)
2. Free healthcare during a global pandemic by expanding Medicare to every man, woman and child (#MedicareForAll)
Congressional bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal
3. Monthly $2,000 cash payments for all (#BasicIncome)
Congressional bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Rashida Tlaib
4. Protect small business jobs by having the government cover payroll costs for struggling businesses (#CoverPayroll)
Congressional Bill by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, also supported by Sen. Josh Hawley
5. Suspend rent and mortgage payments (#CancelRent)
Congressional bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar
6. Suspend all debt payments including student loans and credit card loans (#SuspendDebt)
Proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Sherrod Brown.
In addition to these emergency common-sense, justice-centered economic and health safety measures, additional policies must be enacted to help shift the underlying system failures that set us up for this crisis.
The Fed must bail out state and local governments instead of just banks. We must bail out the post office and create a robust vote by mail system to ensure everyone’s votes are counted in the November election. We must form state public banks and initiate a truth and reconciliation process to address systemic racism and poverty. We must swiftly move the Green New Deal forward because climate collapse will usher in a new wave of disasters that corporate capitalism is unequipped to handle. We must stop political corruption including giving no bailout money to corporations with offshore tax havens, lobbying firms, and large advocacy and dark money organizations. We must punish insider trading in Congress and pass a Constitutional amendment to end corporate constitutional rights and overturn Citizens United to get money out of politics.
MPP actions at the homes of Representatives and Senators will build a working-class coalition and local People’s Party hubs around desperately-needed demands that almost everyone can agree on. If the Democratic and Republican parties refuse to stand for the people when we need them most, even after we threaten to replace them with a major new party, then it will become clearer than ever to millions of people that no other effort to reform them would have worked anyway and we do indeed need a new and genuinely-progressive party.
These measures are the bare-minimum and must be passed immediately.