We are asking you to engage in outreach and relationship building. From our deep canvassing, we heard from thousands of people who shared their feelings of isolation not knowing that others felt the same way or were having the same experience but craving connection during seemingly normal times. The act of deep listening and sharing our own stories in this moment is an act of activism and empathy.
We are asking for you to help us respond directly to the needs of people in your local community. Together, we will provide support and connection to thousands of people amidst fear and isolation.
Essential workers are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and many are working in high-risk conditions without appropriate equipment, safety standards, or job protections. Workers who remain on the job without the ability to telework during this emergency include doctors, nurses, home care workers and other healthcare workers, grocery store and drug store employees, domestic workers, food service workers, federal, state, and municipal employees, janitorial staff, farm workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, transportation workers, and child care workers. These workers put their health on the line when they go to work every day.
The CARES Act was an important first step, but there is more to be done to address the gaps and the deepening need. With more than 26 million people filing for unemployment over the past five weeks (and another 7 million unemployed prior to that), and analysts warning that the economic crisis is likely to last years, not months, Congress must take bold action.
On April 17, Representative Ilhan Omar introduced H.R. 6515: the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, which would enact a national rent and mortgage suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.
You can read our breakdown of the bill and why we support it here and sign on to support it!
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that our own health depends on the health of the person next to us. Ensuring that others can get needed care protects us and our communities.
The Health Care Emergency Guarantee Act would guarantee necessary health care, including prescription drugs, to everyone at no cost to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.