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Rent Strike is a call for collective action in the form of reneging on “contracts” in the political economy. There's enormous power in refusing to pay, in refusing to work. Think of this as something like a Congressional refusal to authorize the Federal Budget, but substitute people for Congress and extend it out to every institution or entity with accounts receivable.

Just don't stand beneath the debt overhang.

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Rent Strike

Don't pay your taxes
Don't pay your water bill
Don't pay your car loan
Go ahead and be shrill.
Don't pay your mortgage
Don't pay your bank card
Don't pay insurance
Tell 'em you work hard.

Get on the line
I'm tellin' ya
It's time to make THEM mind:

We're gonna have a rent strike, A National Rent Strike!
We're gonna have a rent strike, A National Rent Strike!

Don't go to the office
Don't drive the school bus
Don't brew their coffee
Not until THEY serve US.
Don't pick up garbage
Don't answer the phones
Don't let the ICE in Nobody's home.

Get on the line
I'm tellin' ya
It's time to make THEM mind:

We're gonna have a rent strike, A National Rent Strike!
We're gonna have a rent strike, A National Rent Strike!

Renters and Rentiers
Renters and Rentiers
Which side are you on
Cause it's time to be clear.

We're gonna make them hear us,
We're gonna make them fear us.
Cause the people got the power!
Cause the people got the power!

We're gonna have a rent strike, A National Rent Strike!
We're gonna have a rent strike, A National Rent Strike!

Strike! Strike! Strike!

credits

from New York's Calling, released January 5, 2017
Peter Wyrd: Vocals
Brian Wyrd: Guitar
Johnny Wyrd: Bass
Jacky Wyrd: Drums
"Rent Strike" Mitchell & Wolfe
Recorded by Michael Arafeh at The Coffeehouse, Middletown CT, Produced by Michael Arafeh

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The Wyrd Brothers New Haven, Connecticut

In this age of overproduced shiny pop confections, "New York's Calling," is a bitter, yet necessary pill to swallow, and a raw and ragged testimony to the power of real rock and roll.

- Tom Guerra - Songwriter/Guitarist/Contributing Writer for Vintage Guitar Magazine.
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