COVID-19 & THE BLACK COMMUNITY

Written by on May 27, 2020

 

In Philly, the poorest big city in the country, low-income communities of color were already faced with unequal access to healthcare, a broken social safety net, and one of the highest eviction rates in the country long before COVID-19 hit. As the pandemic has progressed, rampant inequality, the digital divide, and the affordable housing crisis have exacerbated the impact of the virus on communities of color. In the face of the potentially devastating impact of an austerity budget that would further starve our most vulnerable neighborhoods of critical resources, the need for a Black Stimulus has never been greater.

This Election Day, join local and national leaders and activists, including Kendra Brooks (Councilmember, City of Philadelphia), Chenjerai Kumanyika (Steering Committee Member, 215 People’s Alliance, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University), Amadee Braxton (WURD), Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Author of Race for Profit, Assistant Professor, Princeton University), Rasheedah Phillips (Senior Advocate Resources and Training Attorney, Shriver Center on Poverty Law), Isaiah Thomas (Councilmember, City of Philadelphia), Munira Edens (Organizer, OnePA), and Maurice Mitchell (National Director, Working Families Party) to discuss what a Black Stimulus would mean in the time of COVID-19.


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