Economic Policy

Joint Center Hosts ‘Pandemic Relief Priorities for Black Workers’ Twitter Chat with Experts

On September 11, the Joint Center hosted a Twitter chat with experts on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Black workers, and what should be doing about it. The experts included Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton, Groundwork Collaborative Managing Director of Policy & Research Janelle Jones, Center for American Progress Senior Economist Gbenga Ajilore, and American University Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy Bradley Hardy.

During the tweetchat, the Joint Center asked experts a series of questions including: 1) How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Black workers and their families?; 2) How have previous stimulus packages helped Black workers?; 3) How have previous stimulus packages neglected Black workers?; 4) What should we be paying more (or less!) attention to when we think about how Black workers are handling the current crisis?;  5) what can policymakers do to ensure that Black workers aren’t left behind as the rest of the economy begins to recover; and 6) What can allies, advocates, policymakers, and workers do to be supportive?

The tweetchat follows the release of the Joint Center’s report, Pandemic Relief Priorities for Black Communities, which includes a section, Provide Financial Support for Black Workers.

See highlights from the tweetchat, including answers from experts on the aforementioned questions, below. Read the entire thread here.

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The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.