Around the country, as people lose their jobs and wonder how they will pay their rent or mortgage, the words rent strike are being heard more and more. This website will serve as a resource for how to make a rent and mortgage freeze a reality through striking in Champaign-Urbana.
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1.)The repeal of the 1997 Rent Control Preemption act by Governor Pritzker. This will allow for municipalities to enact, maintain or enforce measures that control the amount of rent charged for leasing a residential property. Making way for a freeze in rents or lowered rents during this pandemic.
2.) Total suspension of all rental, mortgage, utility bills, court fines, civic fees, and property tax payments in the Champaign-Urbana area until the crisis has passed. Applicable to all individuals and small businesses. That does not mean a deferment or payment plan. It means cancellation of all aforementioned debts incurred throughout the crisis. 3.) Immediate stoppage and abolition of ICE, and youth detention programs. Release of at-risk prisoners detained in city and state jails and prisons. Not having the money to afford bail is only worsened in times such as these along with these centers harboring corona cases that can not be escaped from. The funds currently spent on those programs should be re-allocated towards creating a more comprehensive relief program FOR THE PEOPLE NOT CORPORATIONS.