Long Beach residents drive throughout district one in support of canceling rent, adopting the People’s Budget

Aug. 31, 2020 / By

The tenants and their supporters take a group photo to commemorate the car caravan protest. All photos by Ceferino Martirez.

 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, “cancel rent” has become a familiar demand called for by tenants everywhere. On Saturday, that same call echoed throughout downtown and the lower Westside as residents participated in a car caravan in district one.

The caravan, organized by the Housing Organizing Committee and the Long Beach Tenants Union, began at Cesar Chavez Park and drove throughout the district represented by Mary Zendejas. Throughout their stops, district one residents shared that rent increases proposed by their landlord have put them under extreme distress and called for the adoption of various policies to help them.

Residents in the caravan called for the cancelation of rent, suspension of mortgages, and the adoption of various housing items from the People’s Budget, such as a right to counsel. 

The photos below were shot during the car caravan protest on August 22.

 

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Ceferino Martirez

Known to his friends as “Kingfish," Ceferino immigrated to the United States in 2014 from the Philippines, having to still deal with the constant issues of poverty in Long Beach, living through the harsh realities of what he considers to be "two very distinct socio-economical societies." He is a member of the Democratic Socialist of America Long Beach and the West Side Representatives for the Long Beach Youth Committee. He is an advocate for worker-owned cooperatives, trade unionization and an advocate for a Federalization for working class Filipinos