From Brooke Harper- <[email protected]>
Subject Two pandemics
Date June 10, 2020 8:46 PM
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On May 25th, police officer Derek Chauvin took away George Floyd's life by
suffocating him with his knee. A month before, Floyd had tested positive
for COVID-19. He survived the virus only to be killed by police. 

George Floyd is a testament to Black communities living the realities of
two pandemics: COVID-19 and anti-Black violence.

Today and every day, 350 stands with the Movement for Black Lives. At this
critical moment, we need you to help lift up their demands.

[ [link removed] ]Join dozens of organizations and thousands of people across the country
in demanding that our leaders defend Black lives and fight for a just
recovery from this pandemic. Find important ways to take action in this

The COVID-19 death rate in Black communities is three to six times higher
than in white communities. Black workers are also disproportionately
impacted by COVID-19 because they make up a majority of essential workers,
placing themselves and their families at risk, in order to do their jobs. 

And in the midst of this pandemic, Black people have no choice but to also
take the streets to defend their lives after the murders of Ahmaud Aubrey,
Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade – some of the many victims
of generations of anti-Black police violence.

We are calling on our Senators to support the following federal actions
from the Movement for Black Lives in response to COVID-19: 

* Implement Paid Leave to reduce the spread of the virus and ensure the
safety of all.
* Implement a Universal Basic Income to specifically support and protect
workers in the informal economy and those engaged in reproductive
labor, the care economy, and other often unrecognized forms of work.
* Ensure access to basic needs including housing for all.
* Ensure the financial health and stability of all individuals so they
can better weather this crisis.
* Implement an equitable plan to pay for needed responses to the current
* Increase the resilience and stability of our economy by investing in a
Green New Deal with a guaranteed jobs program. 

[ [link removed] ]Speak out in solidarity with us right now for these demands along with
the Movement for Black Lives. Go to the toolkit here.

Systemic injustice and oppression are at the root of the problem. The
alarming rate of deaths at the hands of the police and at the hands of the
deadly coronavirus will no longer be tolerated. We must demand justice for
our Black brothers and sisters, and right now that means calling on our
leaders to center Black communities and workers on our road to a just

In solidarity,

Brooke Harper

P.S. Watch our very own Dominique Thomas, on the [ frontlines ]frontlines of direct
action discussing why the climate movement must show up for black lives. 

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