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Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 202.660.0605

WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today released the following statement by Homes Guarantee Campaign Director Tara Raghuveer on the same day as voters head to the polls and put the tenant movement to the electoral test:

“Around the country, tenants have established themselves as a political force, especially in local elections. The pandemic illuminated the injustice in our housing system that prioritizes profits over people. Tenants have forced a reckoning about the status quo and presented a solution: guaranteed housing as a human right. 

“Results from India Walton’s insurgent mayoral campaign in Buffalo, Michelle Wu’s promising mayoral bid in Boston, and rent control ballot measures in Minneapolis and St. Paul will be clear in the coming days. No matter the outcome, tenants have challenged the system that treats our homes as commodities and allows developers to buy and sell American cities.

“Tenants are wielding more power than ever before. This movement continues at the polls, in our neighborhoods, and in our homes. We are building the power we need to win game-changing policies like a National Tenants Bill of Rights and a Homes Guarantee.” 

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People’s Action is a national network of 40 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations in 30 states, united in fighting for justice. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. People’s Action and its member organizations coordinated one of the biggest distributed organizing programs in rural areas this past election season.

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Press Contact
Johanna Kichton

(202) 660-0605

About People’s Action

People’s Action is a national network of 38 state and local grassroots, power-building organizations united in fighting for justice. Our organization recently released a vision for a national Homes Guarantee that has already prompted major legislation from champions including U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib. We operate the largest progressive rural organizing project in the country. Prior to endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, we completed a national forum series that The Nation called “the most in-depth, people-powered forum” of the 2020 cycle.”

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