The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented effects on our daily lives and economic system. At the same time, as the pandemic continues to unfold, our inherent interconnectedness—the shared vulnerability we all have at this moment—is forcing many people to reexamine the ways in which we live and organize our society.
We know that while the coronavirus does not care whether you are Black or white, whether you earn a salary or participate in the gig economy, or what your party affiliation might be, it endangers us all. Because of our interconnectedness, we are only as healthy—or sick—as our most vulnerable member of society. This is our moment as a country to move past the politics of blame and division, and to replace it with a plan that centers dignity and care for all of us.
We are committed to ensuring our community implements an equitable COVID-19 recovery plan so that people in every zip code across our county can live and thrive. This can happen when we:
- Build A Care Economy
To provide universal comprehensive healthcare and economic opportunities to all people.
- Guarantee Housing for All
To provide affordable housing to all people.
- Keep Our Communities Safe
To protect our society as a whole, we must protect our most vulnerable populations.
- Make Every Vote Matter
To protect constituents’ right to vote in fair and free elections, removing any barriers that would interfere with voting rights, including fear of contracting COVID-19.
BUILD A CARE ECONOMY
Providepaid sick and family leave | Provide enhanced unemployment insurance | Ensurethat everyone has access to the food they need to survive | Provide universalno-cost comprehensive health care, including mental health treatment, for aslong as the nation remains under a state of emergency | Provide Universal BasicIncome
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most significant public health crises in our life time. The economic collapse triggered by COVID-19, including highunemployment, has made it impossible for millions of people to survive—to eat,to pay their bills, and to provide for their families. Like many illnesses,the spread and impact of this virus is dependent upon social interaction. That means it is critical that people who are sick stay home. But, people cannot just “stay home” if doing so means they will no longer have money for food orrent. The lack of paid leave in this country forces people to choose between their health and basic necessities. The lack of paid leave harms individuals and public health as a whole. We must providepaid sick and family leave, universal comprehensive health care, universalbasic income, enhance unemployment insurance, and ensure that everyone has access to the food they need to survive.
GUARANTEE HOUSING FOR ALL
Provide housing for people experiencing homelessness | Halt evictions; freeze and forgive rent | Halt foreclosures; suspend and forgive mortgages | Halt utility shutoffs; freeze utility payments
Safe housing is a right, and it is imperative during this pandemic that everyone, including the unhoused population, have shelter and access to water in order to comply with social distancing recommendations and effectively stop the spread of COVID-19. As an unprecedented number of people have lost their job due to this crisis, no one should fear losing the roof over their head because they are struggling to pay their rent, mortgage, or utility bills. Our government must expand resources for the unhoused, halt evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut offs, as well as freeze and forgive rent and mortgage payments, in order to ensure that everyone is able to weather this crisis with a safe place to live — and without incurring debilitating debt.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, what started as a health crisis has become an economic crisis as well. Now, more than ever, it is critical that governmental and industry leaders work together to ensure safe housing for all and provide adequate protection for renters. We can implement solutions to make certain that no one is at risk of losing the roof over their head or going into debt because they can’t afford to pay their rent.
KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE
Bring people home from jails, prisons, and immigration detention | Take people into custody as a last resort | Do not clear homeless encampments | Establish an Emergency Responder Corps to provide wellness checks and targeted assistance to vulnerable populations.
Forced in this moment to reflect on this new reality—and this new recognition of our shared vulnerability—the vast majority of Americans believe that many of our responses to this crisis have been woefully inadequate and left too many people behind. Indeed, while the virus poses a threat to us all, we have seen how our fractured society has left some more exposed than others, with people of color, and especially Black Americans, disproportionately afflicted.
To keep our communities truly safe during this global pandemic, we must start by protecting the most vulnerable among us. It includes those who struggle with behavioral health issues, poverty, or housing security. It includes those who have limited access to traditional healthcare, including those who have difficulty leaving the house due to advanced age, disability, or illness, as well as migrant and undocumented communities. And it includes those who are detained in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers. All of these people are part of our communities, and their health and safety affects us all. We must dramatically reduce the number of people we are incarcerating; develop public health strategies to respond to public health issues that actually help those in crisis; and ensure that we don’t perpetuate the cycles of poverty, behavioral health issues, and homelessness that affect so many and for whom COVID-19 will be the most deadly.
MAKE EVERY VOTE MATTER
Expand and automate voter registration | Expand early voting | Make voting by mail robust and accessible | Create safe and sanitary in-person voting
During a public health emergency like the spread of COVID-19, decreasing the amount of in-person contact is essential to combat the crisis. This creates a significant challenge for election officials. To ensure that this year’s election and all future elections are fair, safe, accessible, and secure, advocates and elected officials must embrace a comprehensive, proactive agenda to protect voting rights. When elections occur, every vote should be counted and every voice heard.