COVID-19

October 27 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

More Stimulus Unlikely Before Election Last week, despite optimistic tones expressed by the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the prospect of getting a new round of coronavirus relief passed before Election Day was deemed unlikely.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) worked to secure votes for the $500 billion GOP package that…

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Joint Center Participates in Howard University King Lecture Series on Voting Rights

On October 7, Joint Center President Spencer Overton participated in Howard University’s 2020-21 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series in a session entitled Seize Your Power: Your Voice, Your Vote. In the session, Spencer discussed voter suppression and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Black voters. Other participants…

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October 21 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Senate Majority Leader Discourages White House From Making Stimulus Deal with House Speaker House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House continue to negotiate for another stimulus of roughly $2 trillion, even as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell privately discouraged the White House from striking a deal. Senate Republicans warned that any deal could divide the party…

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October 14 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Due to the holiday weekend, the Joint Center is releasing an abbreviated roundup on COVID-19 and Black communities. We will resume our more robust roundup next week. Senate Republicans Reject $1.8 Trillion White House Stimulus Proposal Last week, the White House’s $1.8 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal was rejected by Senate Republicans, continuing the months-long stalemate over…

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October 7 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

House Introduces New $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Last week, following an extremely contentious first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump revealed via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. President Trump was subsequently moved to the Walter Reed National Military Medical…

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Joint Center Participates in Panel Session on COVID-19 Pandemic and Rural Economic Development at the Alabama Pro-Growth Policy Conference

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined the Alabama Pro-Growth Policy Conference, which convened thought-leaders and Alabama policymakers including Senator Doug Jones (D), Mayor Michael Tubbs (D), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D), and Equal Justice Initiative Founder Bryan Stevenson. The session focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and rural economic development in Alabama. Watch it below.

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September 29 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

Congressional Black Caucus Introduces Sweeping Legislation for Black America   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Congressional Black Caucus (@congressionalblackcaucus) on Sep 23, 2020 at 1:19pm PDT Last week the Congressional Black Caucus released the Jobs and Justice Act of 2020. The bill includes funding for targeted coronavirus tracing, testing, and…

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September 23 COVID-19 Policy & Black Communities Roundup

McConnell’s Prioritization of Justice Ginsburg’s Replacement Over Coronavirus Relief Draws Criticism With the number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpassing 200,000, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s focus on replacing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg despite failing to pass a stimulus bill has drawn significant criticism. He has faced protests outside his Kentucky home and…

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Joint Center President Joins AARP’s Panel on ‘Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work’ at The Atlantic Festival

Joint Center President Spencer Overton joined AARP’s panel, Equity, Inclusion, and a New World of Work, at the virtual Atlantic Festival. During the discussion, Spencer spoke about digital technologies that are transforming work, increased utilization of autonomous robots, and the significance of digital skills and remote work especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other panelists included…

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