In a nutshell

United Today, Stronger Tomorrow – Communities Respond to COVID, is a project of Community Change and Movement Leader, Paul Getsos. UTST has received seed funding from: Community Change – a national, progressive, community organizing group founded in 1968, that builds the power of low-income people, especially people of color, to fight for a society where everyone can thrive; and generous support from the The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, New America, and Healthcare for America Now.

Paul Getsos (Project Director) is a recognized and respected grassroots organizer, who most recently served as National Director of the Peoples Climate Movement.


  • Identify the issues affecting communities as a result of COVID and the strategies, tools, and tactics to engage them. 
  • Use a set of organizing projects rooted in local conditions to strengthen organizing work in impacted communities.
  • Inform national advocacy efforts connected to the health and economic crises that have emerged as a result of COVID.


COVID is a crisis today and a challenge for years to come. It’s also an opportunity. As COVID returns in surges across the country, we have a chance to unite Americans – men and women who until now may have never found common ground with each other – around a common cause: public health and safety and a safe, successful economic recovery.


A national racial and economic justice organization, Community Change is supporting this project and serves as UTST’s home.

In NY our partner is Community Voices Heard, a women of color, black-led economic and racial justice organization. CVH is partnering with UTST to organize women of color impacted by Covid, with a focus on women who have lost their jobs and/or income as a result of the pandemic.

In CO our project is co-led by the CO AFL-CIO and CO Working Families Party. The goal of this project is to build a base of people impacted by Covid – with a focus on unemployed people and people who are going back to work in potentially dangerous working conditions – and to build programs and policies to remedy those impacts.

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