covid-19

Closing the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap
A silhouette of a pregnant person holding their belly as they stand in front of a window.

Closing the Black-White Life Expectancy Gap

Black and Brown populations have continued to fall behind the average life expectancy of white populations—a chasm that has widened considerably in the wake of COVID-19.

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3945 2958 Hannah Edmondson
How Stigmatizing Diseases Harms Public Health and Communities
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How Stigmatizing Diseases Harms Public Health and Communities

Biased reporting and imagery of the monkeypox outbreak reinforce homophobic and racist stereotypes and mimic a history of stigmatizing disease.

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2400 1600 Dominique Stewart
No, The Deaths of Disabled People Are Not “Encouraging News”
An elderly man is guided by a woman at a testing site.

No, The Deaths of Disabled People Are Not “Encouraging News”

Following the backlash from CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s recent comments, disability advocates say her remarks weren’t an “error” or “bad editing,” but the result of how ableist thinking devalues the lives of the chronically ill and disabled people.

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2400 1600 Dominique Stewart
Vaccine Hoarding Created Omicron, Not South Africa
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Vaccine Hoarding Created Omicron, Not South Africa

A travel ban on countries dealing with vaccine inequity won’t stop the spread of COVID-19 or prevent new variants. It’s vaccine apartheid created by rich nations.

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6000 4000 Dominique Stewart
Demand global vaccine justice.

Demand global vaccine justice.

American vaccine “charity” comes too late for those who died because the U.S. blocked vaccine imports.

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2560 3264 Andrew Lee

Support workers’ rights for educators.

Hate crime charges serve as a sentencing enhancement when someone acts with bias while committing a crime. This bias must be against members of a protected class – such as a specific race, religion, or sexual orientation – and it must be a motivating factor for the crime (Time). It seems reasonable that a crime is more odious if it occurs solely because the victim is a member of an oppressed community.

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Decommodify housing.

Just because we’re all affected by the pandemic doesn’t mean that we’ve all been affected equally. Women accounted for all 140,000 jobs cut last December. Black and Latina women in particular lost jobs, since employment for white women actually rose that month (CNN). The data is clear: Black and Latina women were the worst-impacted by layoffs, white men the least (Bloomberg).

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150 150 Andrew Lee

Respect Hawaii’s sacred land.

To the average American, Hawaii elicits a fantasy. Palm trees swaying in the light wind. Hot white sands reflect a radiant sun and kiss a crystal clear ocean. Hula dancers wait at the doorsteps to a hotel overlooking the vast Pacific. But this fantasy is just that, and to many Native Hawaiians, their reality is quite the opposite. This continued exploitation of Hawaiian lands and culture to visitors, many of whom fail to appreciate its deep culture and culture, contributes to the systemic colonization of the Hawaiian islands.

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Fighting for Paid Sick Leave

Fighting for Paid Sick Leave

The best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is for individuals to stay home when they’re feeling sick. However, this isn’t a luxury for many workers without access to paid sick leave.

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How COVID-19 Exposed the Racism in Healthcare
A man gets a vaccination in a room with other people.

How COVID-19 Exposed the Racism in Healthcare

Systemic racism is pervasive. It’s just as present in our criminal justice system as it is in our healthcare and education system.

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2400 1592 Nicole Cardoza