COVID-19

June 16 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Democrats and Republicans Work on Policing Reform After introducing a police reform bill at the beginning of last week, House Democrats held hearings on police reform, and expect to secure the 216 co-sponsors needed for passage of their reform package on the House floor (voting on the legislation is scheduled for June 25).   Senate…

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Joint Center Vice President Discusses COVID-19’s Impact on Black Communities on the ‘Sustaining Capitalism’ Podcast

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined The Committee for Economic Development and The Conference Board’s podcast, Sustaining Capitalism, to discuss COVID-19’s impact on Black communities. On the podcast, Jessica talked about the concern for an increase in Black unemployment and the pre-existing conditions that caused COVID-19 to disproportionately impact Black communities in a negative…

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June 8 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Death of George Floyd Shifts Congressional Focus to Police Reform In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the daily protests against racial injustice it has sparked, today Democrats released a comprehensive police reform bill—the Justice in Policing Act. The bill would “ban chokeholds, limit ‘qualified immunity’ for police officers, create a national…

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Joint Center Vice President Quoted in The Center for Public Integrity’s Analysis on George Floyd, COVID-19, and ‘Inequality Stealing Black Lives’

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton was quoted in The Center for Public Integrity’s analysis on the murder of George Floyd, the coronavirus, and “inequality stealing Black lives.” “What’s happened with Floyd, and in the history of the U.S., is about whether Black folks can execute power over what their lives are going to look…

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Joint Center Vice President Speaks to TIME Magazine About The Significant Barriers Black Businesses Are Facing During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton spoke to TIME Magazine about how Black businesses are facing significant barriers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.e Several Black businesses weren’t able to take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program—an issue the Joint Center focused on in our online briefing on Black businesses, access to capital, and future stimulus proposals.…

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Joint Center President Discusses ‘Health, Wealth & Longevity’ for African Americans Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic at AARP Social Innovation Summit Virtual Conference

On June 3, Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the panel, Health, Wealth & Longevity: Is There Room For All?, at AARP’s Social Innovation Summit Virtual Conference. The discussion centered on the “unique challenges in achieving healthy longevity” especially when considering equitability and the recent challenges that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the conversation aimed…

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Joint Center Vice President Joins JPMorgan Chase Institute Panel on ‘How COVID-19 Could Widen Racial Gaps’

On June 3, Joint Center Vice President Jessica Fulton joined JPMorgan Chase Institute’s panel on “How COVID-19 Could Widen Racial Gaps.” Specifically, the panelists were tasked with discussing “the economic impact of COVID-19 on minority communities, targeted financial support for families, and what can be done to promote inclusive recovery.” JPMorgan Chase Institute’s President &…

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June 2 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Taking Action Against Anti-Blackness At the Joint Center, we join with millions around the world in calling for an end to the continued marginalization of Black life that resulted in the deaths of Eric Garner in New York, Sandra Bland and Atatiana Jefferson in Texas, Jordan Davis in Florida, Walter Scott in South Carolina, Ahmaud…

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May 27 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Republicans Move Toward Stimulus A Navigator Research poll of 1,011 voters showed that the House’s $3 trillion HEROES Act received a 67% approval rating and that 50% of all respondents would disapprove if Senate Republicans don’t consider it. Taking heed to the growing sentiment for more relief, several Republican Senators threatened not to recess for…

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