Democratic socialist congressional candidate defends calls for homeless people to occupy vacant homes

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Rebecca Parson, a Democratic socialist working for Congress in Washington State, defended her marketing campaign video the place she inspired homeless individuals to interrupt into vacant houses throughout the nation to assist her advance a possible housing invoice if elected. 

In an interview with Fox Information host Jesse Watters on Thursday, Parson, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, who’s working to signify Washington’s sixth Congressional District, defended her controversial marketing campaign advert, however clarified that she was referring to empty homes owned by banks and “firms like Zillow and BlackRock.”

“I’m simply mentioning the truth that there are 600,000 homeless individuals on this nation, 40,000 homeless veterans and one in 5 homeless individuals are children. In the meantime, we’ve got 28 empty houses for each homeless individual,” she stated on “Jesse Watters Primetime.” “So I’m calling on all of us to take into consideration the empty houses that are owned by firms like BlackRock, like Zillow, like the banks, which are owned by these corporations, these giant firms and never getting used for what they’re meant for, which is definitely housing individuals.”

Rebecca Parson, who's running for Congress in Washington's 6th district, tweeted on April 21 that the minimum wage should be increased to $30.

Rebecca Parson, who’s working for Congress in Washington’s sixth district, tweeted on April 21 that the minimal wage needs to be elevated to $30.
(Twitter/Rebecca Parson)

Occupying buildings is nothing new for Parson. In 2020, she was a spokesperson for the group Tacoma Housing Now, which organized a gaggle of homeless individuals in 16 rooms at a motel in Fife, Wash. The group paid for one night time for the rooms, then demanded that the town and state authorities pay because the individuals refused to go away, based on native KING5. Parson says she has been homeless herself.

When instructed a few Fox Information report that recognized the potential authorized points concerned with occupying property owned by another person, Parson appeared to pivot her place, insisting that she is “not calling on individuals to interrupt the legislation,”

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As an alternative, she stated, she is “calling on us to take into consideration buildings which have been empty for some time which are owned by firms. You aren’t having quite a lot of patrons coming them. They’re simply sitting empty and there are quite a lot of homes like that, each in locations like right here in Washington State and throughout the nation. So I feel that within the richest nation on earth we should always not have anyone who’s homeless dwelling on the road,” she stated, “particularly not 40,000 veterans, particularly not 120,000 children.”

Vacant house listed

Vacant home listed
(The Related Press)

Watters later requested Parson about her calls to abolish ICE.

 “We managed wonderful earlier than ICE,” she stated. “What I’m actually involved about is the truth that all throughout the nation, together with in my district, there are 28 houses empty houses for each homeless individual. Why do we’ve got veterans sleeping on the road who served their nation and now they will’t even discover a place to stay? So I’m asking individuals to suppose about this case.”

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Parson took intention at politicians who “simply pay lip service” however fail to handle the mounting homeless disaster. 

“They act like the issue is approach too difficult to resolve. In the meantime, it will get worse and worse and worse…and we have to take a completely different approach of this situation,” she stated.

Parson beforehand ran for Congress in 2020 and misplaced within the major.