The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 2 million deaths globally and upended our ways of life. Millions of people face unemployment, homelessness, poverty and hunger due to the virus. Systemic racism, environmental injustice, economic inequality, ableism, settler colonialism and patriarchy are threat multipliers, worsening the impact of the virus on women, people with disabilities, Indigenous communities and tribal elders, frontline workers, and Black, Brown, and immigrant communities.
As Congress debates new legislation to respond to the pandemic, they must ensure this relief embodies principles of justice and equity. Specifically, Congress must:
- Provide universal, equitable access to survival needs—including vaccination;
- Honor the contributions of immigrant communities in fighting the virus; and
- Support global efforts to achieve universal vaccination and address hunger and poverty in the wake of the virus.
Since the House of Representatives passed the COVID relief bill on February 27, 2021, send an email to your Senators urging them to enact these three principles into law.
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