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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, large portions of the world’s workforce shifted to homeworking, joining hundreds of millions of other workers who had already been working from home for decades. Given the continued struggle to improve the rights and working conditions of those who work at home and the renewed interest in working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this report seeks to improve understanding of home work and to advance guidance on policies that can pave the way to decent work for homeworkers both old and new.
This report describes characteristics of LGBT adults in California in relation to their vulnerability to economic harm from the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings of the report show that about 612,000 LGBT Californians were living below 200% of the federal poverty level prior to the pandemic; among these people, poverty was especially concentrated among young people and people of color. In addition, many LGBT Californians rent their homes, have experienced food insecurity, and are employed in industries that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Thus, efforts to monitor the economic impact of COVID-19 on Californians must include a focus on vulnerable populations, including LGBT adults.
COVID-19 has forced employees and also forced organizations to rethink business processes that require access to the office or involve large amounts of paper. Governments have an opportunity to eliminate or rethink paper-based business processes to operate effectively under current social-distancing guides—and to save money and improve customer service when restrictions are no longer in place. This report identifies both do-it-yourself (DIY) and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software solutions to reduce paper using low or no cost, commonly available technologies.
Data from states and municipalities across the country suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting people of color in the United States. This report analyzes emerging data on deaths, unemployment, failing businesses, and wealth inequality to assess the links between racial and ethnic economic inequities, structural racism, and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of color.
Incarceration puts both incarcerated people and corrections staff at risk of contracting COVID-19. A wide array of criminal justice stakeholders have come together to call for a public health-oriented approach to the COVID-19 crisis. The key recommendations include releasing incarcerated individuals, limiting new additions to closed correctional settings, addressing violations of COVID-19 related orders through a public health approach (rather than with criminalization), connecting public health organizations and criminal justice stakeholders, and utilizing innovations that promote integration of public health priorities into the justice system.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities in access to food across the United States are especially apparent. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are among the many subgroups of Americans known to experience especially high rates of food insecurity. This infographic provides data on the distribution of food insecurity across different subgroups of the LGBT community; the economic vulnerabilities outlined in the data are at risk of exacerbation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Environmental racism and the subsequent chronic exposure to air pollution has been identified as one of the biggest contributing factors to higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 within Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Fossil fuel plants are among the top emitters of pollutants that can cause or worsen respiratory problems and make people more susceptible to COVID-19. This report discusses how the fossil fuel industry contributes to adverse outcomes from COVID-19 within BIPOC communities and how COVID-19 relief packages have prioritized fossil fuel corporations at the expense of communities of color. In addition, it also discusses how the fossil fuel industry has been upheld by the U.S government and financial institutions, and proposes multiple solutions to these problems.
For more than two centuries, corporations have extracted enormous wealth from the Appalachian region for the profit of owners and shareholders, leaving the area with high rates of poverty, unemployment and low wages. To navigate around these issues, along with the severely changing climate, this blueprint outlines real, lasting, structural changes that will lead to healthy and successful Appalachian communities. In particular, the "New Deal that Works for Us" proposes that the Appalachian region can build a strong and lasting economy based on investments in a clean economic future that puts workers first, respects communities, takes care of the land, and grows local wealth.
Organizers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina conducted interviews with over 900 Latinx immigrants (including nearly 400 undocumented community members) about the important issues facing immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This infographic features snippets of the stories shared; common themes include financial hardship and illness, compounded by a lack of government support.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread unemployment, millions of Americans are facing eviction, or are taking on unsustainable debt, dipping into savings, and cutting food and medications to afford rent. The federal government must make housing policy central to any COVID-19 relief package; this involves instituting a national eviction moratorium that bars evictions and foreclosures, forgiving rent for all renters, and mortgage payments for all homeowners, affordable housing providers, and small landlords, allocating rental relief payments to small landlords and affordable housing providers who comply with renter protections, and more, till the end of the pandemic.