The Impact of the HEROES Act on Black Communities

Last Friday, U.S. House Democrats passed a $3 trillion bill to address economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic—the HEROES Act. Economic Support for Individuals:  African American unemployment more than doubled in April alone (from 6.7% in March to 16.7% in April), and the HEROES Act attempts to provide economic relief to families. The bill extends…

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Joint Center Vice President Joins Webinar Conversation on ‘Surviving COVID-19’s Economic Impact While Black’

On Wednesday, May 13, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined other leading Black economists to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact on Black communities. Other panelists include Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy and Research Janelle Jones and Howard University Professor in the Department of Economics and Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO…

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Joint Center Vice President to Join Webinar Conversation on ‘Surviving COVID-19’s Economic Impact While Black’

On Wednesday, May 13, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton will join other leading Black economists to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and its economic impact on Black communities. Other panelists include Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy and Research Janelle Jones and Howard University Professor in the Department of Economics and Chief Economist to the…

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Joint Center President Joins Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Virtual Town Hall on Combating COVID-19

On April 30, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s virtual town hall on combating COVID-19. During the online conversation, Spencer spoke about the importance of having mail-in voting and safe in-person voting. Other guests panelists included Congressman Ro Hanna (D-CA), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-TX), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN),…

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Joint Center President Joins Virtual ABFE Conference Panel on ‘The Future of Learning & Work in Black Communities’

On April 16, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined a panel session at the virtual ABFE Conference entitled The Future of Learning and Work in Black Communities. Other panelists included Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Dr. William Darity Jr., National Black Worker Project Center Executive Director Tanya Wallace-Gobern, and Lumina Foundation Strategy…

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Joint Center Signs Letter Urging Congress to Support Access to Affordable Broadband Internet in a Upcoming COVID-19 Stimulus Package

The Joint Center joined over 200 businesses and organizations in signing a letter to House and Senate leadership urging Congress “support access to affordable broadband internet in forthcoming COVID-19 stimulus package.” The letter signing, which was released by Public Knowledge, includes signatures from Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, HBCU Innovation Center, NAACP, National Skills…

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Apr. 20 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

This roundup reviews recent COVID-19 policy developments that affect Black communities. Click here for our COVID-19 policy page, which is constantly updated. Last week, Anthony Fauci met with the CBC, record unemployment claims continued, and the Joint Center hosted an online briefing on accessible vote-by-mail and safe in-person voting for Black communities with Stacey Abrams and top voting…

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Joint Center Vice President Joins WashingTECH Podcast to Discuss COVID-19 and Black America.

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined Joe Miller’s WashingTECH podcast to discuss COVID-19 and Black America. During the discussion, Jessica talked about how the coronavirus will affect Black unemployment and gig workers, navigating the digital divide when considering online work and schooling, and telemedicine, the 2020 election, considering congressional staff diversity as stimulus bills…

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