Thanks to skyrocketing housing cost, stagnant wages, and decreasing access to affordable credit, more and more Americans are struggling to afford rental costs and large deposits. As many localities and states refuse to enact rent control and zoning reforms, predatory capitalists step into the void with easy loans with exorbitant interests rates. This is yet another example of why the Democratic Party needs to support comprehensive housing reform, and why tenants should organize to carry out direct action against predatory rental and lending practices.
The success of the recent LA Teacher’s strike reminds us what happens when the marginalized majority comprehends our power to dictate the terms of the conversation and push back with the reality we insist on.
Mark Zuckerberg slaughtering goats in his yard for Jack Dorsey isn’t just about tech bros being weird. It’s about shitty housing policies designed by shitty elites to protect their bastions of privilege. Democrats should go whole hog (no pun intended) on supporting CASA and zoning reform.
United Teachers Los Angeles (the teachers union) wants to invest more resources into the public school system. They don’t see the schools as inherently doomed to fail. Instead, they are going on strike to secure higher salaries to recruit and retain teachers, reduce the size of classes, and bring in more support staff including career counselors, social workers, librarians, school psychologists, and nurses—strategies based on evidence rather than ideology or capitalist greed.