Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #UnrestAmidCOVID19.
People across the country—particularly in cities and urban areas—are facing unprecedented challenges in every aspect of life, and these challenges have disproportionately affected communities of color. Since March, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed over 110,000 lives and has caused millions to lose their jobs. Black, Latinx, and Native American communities continue to experience higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths and are more likely to lack critical resources to weather the wide-ranging effects of this health crisis. In addition, the recent murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests and demonstrations have once again shed light on police brutality and the structural racism present in our society.
Mayors and local government leaders are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis and the national unrest in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and many other Black lives. They know that a one-size-fits-all approach to reopening will not meet the needs of their most vulnerable residents and that we must continue to work to address systemic racism across our economic, health care, and criminal justice systems.
Please join the Center for American Progress for an online discussion with Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Ras Baraka (D); Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D); Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (D); and Stockton, California, Mayor Michael Tubbs (D) as they discuss their approaches to dealing with an ongoing public health crisis and addressing systemic inequalities in their cities.
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress