COVID-19 has destroyed the livelihoods of many in our community. But whereas those with status can rely on unemployment benefits, medicare, and any forthcoming federally funded COVID-19 relief programs to get them through this crisis, our undocumented community members can only get help from us.
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing what we have always known: our nation’s deep inequalities and broken safety net programs leave millions of people without help or relief.
Currently, due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic we are seeing that this is disproportionally affecting undocumented indigenous people. Given that most of the workers in the service sector, housekeepers and restaurant are undocumented-indigenous many have lost their income and cannot apply for unemployment or receive any help from the federal government.
Pillars Fund has created a rapid response fund to support the personal expenses of Muslim artists and activists whose livelihoods are being negatively impacted by this current moment. They will be making $500 grants to individuals through a short application process.
Today, the California Census 2020 Campaign announced that Census responses jumped 9.1 percentage points during Census week – an estimated 1.36 million households self-responded to the Census form.
The coronavirus pandemic has reached the processing plants where workers typically stand elbow-to-elbow to do the low-wage work of cutting, deboning and packing the chicken and beef that Americans savor. Some plants have offered financial incentives to keep them on the job, but the virus’s swift spread is causing illness and forcing plants to close.
COVID-19 lockdowns make it even more challenging to ensure hard-to-count populations are accurately represented in the 2020 Census.
In a joint letter to Governor Newsom, nearly 40 philanthropic organizations, driven by our shared commitment to a just and equitable California, elevated the need to protect and support immigrant Californians and their families who are integral to our social, economic, and civic fabric.
With the 2020 Census count underway, the California For All – Census 2020 Campaign today highlighted a series of measures to help the hardest-to-count Californians get the information and support they need to participate in the 2020 Census.
Across the country, 202,500 DACA recipients are working to protect the health and safety of Americans as the country confronts COVID-19. They are ensuring that children are still being educated; food is still being grown, packaged, cooked, shipped, and put on the shelves of grocery stores; patients are being cared for; and much more.