About 40 San Antonians waving indicators with messages corresponding to, “Bail out the people, not the banks!” and “Cancela la Renta!” gathered within the car parking zone outdoors the San Antonio Housing Authority on Saturday to demand that authorities leaders waive hire and mortgage funds amid skyrocketing unemployment.
The group of demonstrators — all donning face masks — began within the afternoon on the housing authority headquarters on South Flores, then cut up into three teams to drive by neighborhoods on the East, West and South Sides.
Some embellished their automobiles with indicators studying, “Homes for the Homeless and Undocumented” and “Housing is a right.” Others used markers to jot down the telephone numbers of social service businesses offering rental help on their automobile home windows.
“It’s the least we can do,” stated Ximena Urrutia-Rojas, 75, who got here to the demonstration together with her husband. “We’re retirees; we don’t have to go out and work every day. We can’t just sit home.”
The afternoon solar was excessive within the sky as Urrutia-Rojas and her husband wrote messages on their black Toyota Sequoia with neon-colored markers at first of the demonstration within the SAHA car parking zone. “Fear of eviction? Call 210-570-6135,” learn the again windshield. In pink marker on one other window: “Help tenants, homeowners, small landlords.”
“To me, it’s a matter of rights — it’s not a money thing,” stated Ricardo Rojas, 75. “We have to be human.”
The San Antonio “Cancel the Rent” demonstration and subsequent automobile caravan was amongst a variety of comparable occasions throughout cities all around the U.S. organized by activists to attract consideration to the hundreds of households struggling to pay hire and mortgages after dropping jobs to the pandemic. The San Antonio demonstration was organized by teams together with the Tenants Union of San Antonio, Occasion for Socialism and Liberation, SA Stands and the Autonomous Brown Berets de San Anto.
The teams demanded that authorities leaders take motion earlier than San Antonio households are pressured out of their properties within the midst of the pandemic.
Even earlier than the pandemic staggered the native financial system and price no less than 100,000 Bexar County jobs, a rising variety of San Antonio households struggled to make ends meet.
In 2019, landlords filed greater than 21,000 eviction circumstances in Bexar County courts. Because the coronavirus started to unfold throughout Texas, native leaders quickly halted most eviction proceedings. However that’s anticipated to run out after Monday.