A press release from the Rebecca Parson Campaign.
TACOMA, WA – Rebecca Parson, who is challenging Rep. Derek Kilmer for his House seat in WA-06, will sleep outside Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home after Pelosi’s decision to adjourn the House for a six-week paid vacation without extending the eviction moratorium.
Meanwhile, Rep. Kilmer said nothing about the moratorium lapsing — until Parson publicly called him out for it. A day later, he tweeted, “I’ve been pushing for Congress to extend protections for folks facing evictions and am disappointed it didn’t have the votes.”
“While Kilmer is ‘disappointed,’ I am taking action. It’s unacceptable that millionaires in Congress like Nancy Pelosi went back to their luxury homes for a 6-week paid vacation while 15 million people could get thrown out on the streets tomorrow. Congress should return immediately and reconvene for a vote to extend the moratorium. That’s why I’m sleeping outside Pelosi’s house, in solidarity with Rep. Cori Bush, who slept outside the U.S. Capitol last night.”
Last winter, Parson occupied empty buildings to pressure the Tacoma city government to house the city’s homeless people. Every time, she and her fellow organizers risked arrest. In response, rightwing extremists published her address online and threatened to go there to rape and kill her.
Because of these threats and not being able to afford rent, Parson lived in a van for four months this year. She was homeless when she launched her 2022 campaign.
As a housing organizer, a formerly homeless person, and a Congressional candidate running on national rent control and housing for all, Parson is prepared to do whatever it takes to prevent millions from becoming homeless.