Events | Race and Ethnicity

Rebuilding the House That Anti-Blackness Built in Our COVID Response

Date: June 1, 2020

COVID-19 is acting as a magnifying glass to the deep-seated systemic inequities ever-present in the United States. We must stop calling COVID-19 the great equalizer. Simply put, we are not all in the same boat. This is a moment for the greater public to acknowledge the depth of our society’s biases. This is a moment for us to build something better, as we seek to define the new “normal.” Because going back to the way things were is simply not going to work for Black and Brown women and their communities.

Watch the video recording (below) of this webinar, led by Black and Brown women, and hear findings from the Economic Policy Institute’s newly released report, which highlights the economic and health insecurity that COVID-19 presents for Black workers overall and their families and why that unequal burden was predictable given a long history of racial exclusion, discrimination, and inequality in the United States.

Building from the report, panelists discuss specific strategies to build an inclusive economy that centers on the needs of Black and Brown women and their communities. A particular focus centers on bridging academic research to movement building and advocacy.

Who: 

Panelists:
Jhumpa Bhattacharya, Insight Center
Anne Price, Insight Center
Rhonda Sharpe, Women’s Institute for Science, Equity, and Race
Valerie Wilson, Economic Policy Institute

Discussants:
Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights
Julianne Malveaux, Economic Education

Moderator:
Naomi Walker, Economic Policy Institute

What: A discussion, and findings from a newly released EPI report, on the economic and health insecurity that COVID-19 presents for Black workers overall and their families and why that unequal burden was predictable given a long history of racial exclusion, discrimination, and inequality in the United States.

When: Monday, June 1
1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. PT



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