A COVID-19 Response

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Dear JCA Members and Friends,

As we grapple with the new normal of life under the COVID-19 pandemic, we're faced with a stark reality: without radical intervention, and serious committment to progressive policy changes, vulnerable communities in Minnesota are going to be hit hardest.

For too long, we’ve let a powerful few divide us to pad their own profits by dismantling social policies and systematically attacking democratic structures from labor unions to voting rights. Their greed has led us directly into the crisis we are all facing now, where millions of Americans don’t have the healthcare they need to get well, the time off to stay home, or the wealth to survive an economic downturn. We’ve watched as politicians bankrolled by corporations have divided us by scapegoating immigrants and people of color, keeping us distracted while they dismantled our social safety nets that we had collectively built. 

Most of the communities hit hardest by COVID-19 and the economic fallout coming will be hourly workers who are losing pay, people in the service, care, and hospitality industries, temp workers, small business owners, gig economy workers, new immigrants, and other fields dominated by women and people of color. Our system has never worked for all of our communities.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Jewish Community Action is proud to join a coalition of organizations and individuals demanding policy changes that will protect all Minnesotans from the economic effects of this pandemic.

You can view these demands, and our plans for their implementation at mncovidresponse.com. And we want to highlight several of them below:

  • Ending price gouging.
  • Funding for childcare for all.
  • Hazard pay for frontline workers, including grocery store workers and food delivery people.
  • Emergency unemployment benefits and social distancing wages.
  • Moritoriums on utility shutoffs, evictions, and foreclosures.
  • Keeping ICE out of our communities, and ensuring the health and safety of incarcerated people.

These are just a few of the demands we have for policymakers at the city, county, and state level.

You can add your name to a rolling petition of support for these policies, and email your elected officials about them, by clicking here.

These are difficult times. But we will get through them together. And we won't leave anyone behind.

Isaiah Breen

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