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We must protect the right to vote in the November elections

May 4, 2020

The coronavirus does not discriminate, but people do. The coronavirus is not partisan, but politicians are. When we should be coming together to address a shared crisis, some are intent on driving us apart and exacting partisan advantage in the midst of the crisis.

Across the country, Republicans are intensifying their efforts to make it harder to vote, with particular focus on suppressing the votes of African Americans and other minorities.

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Let prisoners go during COVID-19 pandemic

April 27, 2020

Across the United States and across the world, prisoners are among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Overcrowded facilities, shortages of food and medicine, and totally inadequate testing expose prisoners who are disproportionately poor and afflicted with prior conditions that render them vulnerable to the disease.

Prisoners increasingly are protesting their conditions, objecting to being sentenced to die in prison.

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition Life-Saving Ventilator, Aid drive for Africa

April 13, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2020

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Life-Saving Ventilator, Aid drive for Africa 

Chicago, IL:  As the coronavirus pandemic spreads to every corner of the globe, Africa, one of the poorest continents, must not be forgotten which is why Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition are calling for sufficient numbers of ventilators and urgently needed assistance to be sent to Africa.

Coronavirus illustrates our failure to create a fair society

April 13, 2020

The media has just discovered that the coronavirus is far more deadly to blacks and Latinos than to whites. Twice as deadly in New York City, according to the New York Times. Seventy-two percent of the fatalities in Chicago are blacks who constitute about 30 percent of the population. The news is treated as a shocking revelation on the BBC, CNN and CBS and in newspapers across the country.

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Coronavirus makes it more clear than ever: Health care is a human right

March 30, 2020

Who is going to pay for this?

For months that question was used as a weapon against supporters of Medicare for All. Now, it is on everyone’s mind as they worry about the costs of the testing and treatment for the coronavirus. The virus is highly contagious. We need everyone with symptoms to get tested and all with the virus to get treatment. If anyone hesitates because they fear they can’t afford the cost, they put the rest of us at risk.

No one should be worried about the costs of treatment.

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From Katrina to Coronavirus What Have We Learned?

March 29, 2020

From Katrina to Coronavirus What Have We Learned?

by Leon McDougle, MD, MPH

March 29, 2020

 

As I view the reaction to the novel coronavirus unfold in the Uniited States, I’m reminded of lessons learned during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina and how the failure of infrastructure (levees) resulted in more harm to the public than the initial damage caused by landfall of the hurricane.

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