COVID-19

May 19 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

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. The bill extends federal unemployment compensation, provides direct payments to individuals of $1200 per person, increases SNAP benefits, and includes resources for renters, homeowners, and the…

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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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May 11 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. This week’s roundup includes: Next Stimulus Package Still Looms: Here’s What It May Include Past Stimulus Misses Mark for Many Black Businesses House Republicans Appoint Members to Chairman Clyburn’s Oversight Committee Black Unemployment Jumps 10…

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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 Co-Hosts Telehealth Webinar on ‘The Missing Link to Improving Delivery and Quality of Care for Latino and African American Communities’

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP) are co-hosting a telehealth webinar, The Missing Link to Improving Delivery and Quality of Care, on Monday, May 11 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm EST. The discussion will center on how regulators and policymakers are improving access to digital…

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May 4 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, Republicans and Democrats continued to stake out their positions on the next major stimulus, and some Members made continued efforts to ensure equitable implementation of past stimulus packages.  This week, the U.S. Senate…

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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 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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