Kate Berlant, Mara Wilson & Patton Oswalt Take on California Landlords in New Political Ad

Comedians Kate Berlant, Jon Daly, and Patton Oswalt are speaking out on behalf of California residents on tight budgets in a new ad directed toward passing something called Proposition 10.

Proposition 10 is a statewide ballot measure that, if passed in November, would pave the way for universal rent control by repealing a restrictive state law that prevents cities and counties from applying rent control to single-family homes and apartments built after 1995 or the year rent control was adopted in a city (1978 in Los Angeles). It also outlaws vacancy control, allowing landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a rent-controlled tenant moves out — often incentivizing landlords to push these tenants out.

“If you’re tired of seeing black folks, brown folks, poor folks being pushed out of your neighborhood — if you’re tired of losing neighbor after neighbor — then yes on 10 is an imperative,” says community activist Dr. Melina Abdullah in the clip.

The ad features comedians Kate Berlant and Jon Daly, actress and writer Mara Wilson, and community activists — topped with a voiceover from Patton Oswalt urging Californians to vote yes on 10 on November 6.

The stars are featured in a video produced by the Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles. The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA’s members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.

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