Now is the time to bring more people into work that ensures that government responses to COVID are just, equitable, and protect people’s health and economic well being. Together, we can balance the immediacy of the crisis – the very real, day-to-day, COVID-related concerns of millions of Americans – with strategic, intentional steps to build both short and longer-term potential for powerful advocacy.
Whether it’s with frontline workers, un/underemployed hospitality workers, and/or small business owners, we meet people where they are, identify the issues that impact them, and then work to address those issues, all with the goal of making concrete changes in people’s lives.
Currently, we are working with a cadre of partners in a set of states:
We are partnering with Community Voices Heard, to improve the unemployment insurance safety net for the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers – primarily women, and women of color – who have lost their jobs and or whose jobs have been eliminated because of COVID.
We are partnering with CO AFL-CIO and CO Working Families Party to make sure that when Coloradans return to work, they can do so safely and successfully, and to address high unemployment in a set of industries like recreation, hospitality, and tourism.
Through a series of one-on-one conversations with local leaders in South Dakota and Iowa, we learned that because the local economy is regional, issues and sectors – like agribusiness, meatpacking, healthcare, and higher education – cross state lines. Challenges like Covid, and its many related impacts, are regional. Accordingly, taking our lead from conditions on the ground, we are committed to supporting a process to determine whether a regional organizing strategy makes sense and can succeed.
In IN, we are partnering with Hoosier Action to identify COVID-related issues impacting rural communities and what action needs to be taken to address them.