Rebecca Parson, a Democratic congressional candidate in Washington, has announced a radical plan to push Congress to adopt housing legislation, by having people break into unoccupied houses. Parson is running for Congress in Washington’s 6th Congressional District as a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She described what she and her supporters can do if she wins in a video ad.
In the ad, she stated, “Imagine I proposed a Housing for All Bill in Congress, then imagine you, me, and a million of our friends took action and occupied empty houses nationwide. They couldn’t ignore us. She continued, “no one has ever done anything like this. That’s why it’s going to work.” For Parson, occupying buildings is nothing new. She was a spokeswoman for Tacoma Housing Now in 2020, an organization that arranged a group of homeless people in 16 rooms at a hotel in Fife, Washington. According to local KING5, the organization paid for one night’s lodging and then requested that the city or state governments pay when the individuals refused to depart.
Additionally, Parson has called for a $30 minimum wage, claiming that “The minimum wage shouldn’t be $7.25. It shouldn’t be $15. It should be $30, and that “$30 is the bare minimum in every county in the US for an adult with a kid to afford housing, food, healthcare, basic necessities. No vacations, no eating out. Those are the facts and no amount of praying to Ayn Rand and Milton Friedman will change that.”