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THE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (“CARES”)
Get your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease
As the coronavirus accelerates its spread across the United States, the NAACP is springing into action to keep the communities we serve safe and healthy.
Because of the deep-seated racial inequities embedded in our country’s economic systems, the effects of the outbreak could be compounded for Black, Brown, Asian, and indigenous communities. Our comprehensive strategic response ensures that accurate information reaches our communities, and it advocates for fair and equitable policies that protect the safety and well-being of everyone.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have now passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill is a good first response to a pandemic which threatens our very way of life. Among other things, the bill contains paid family and medical leave—which has long been an NAACP legislative priority—that would enable working people to stay home when they or a loved one is sick.
However, Congress must take swift and decisive action to alleviate the economic impact this crisis will cause for communities of color, paving the course for an equitable recovery for all Americans. Please, join us in urging lawmakers to pass a follow-up bill that ensures an economic relief package for everyone.
But we can’t stop there, so the NAACP has stepped up and is doing whatever it takes to protect our communities:
- We released a guide to help officials responsible for addressing health, economic, and other impacts, in remediating some of the issues that are disproportionately affecting communities of color. The full guide is available to download here.
- We hosted an emergency tele-town hall featuring a panel of faith, medical and political leaders who addressed how our community members can protect themselves along with safety measures the federal government is taking to mitigate—and ultimately end—the pandemic. More than 21,000 concerned citizens tuned in live to this must-hear discussion. But if you missed it, we have provided the full audio here, and I strongly encourage you to take the time to listen to it now.
- And our team of policy experts are advocating tirelessly and relentlessly for increased access to childcare in at-risk communities, provision of food assistance to families enrolled in the free meal program via mobile delivery and food vouchers, and immediate cessation of efforts to mislead and divide the public for personal political gain—especially by falsely suggesting that persons of certain nationalities are responsible for the spread of the virus.
As you can see, we are prepared to work for as long as it takes to protect everyone—fairly and equally. But we can only do that with the support and commitment of our members and supporters like you.
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