COVID-19 has upended many parts of our lives and communities, while magnifying the effects of systemic racism and long-standing racial and economic disparities. As a result, Black families and other families of color are disproportionately losing their lives and their livelihoods to this crisis. Existing racial disparities in wealth, income, education, health, nutrition, and housing are only widening as a result of this pandemic, and we must take action now to end these injustices.
In mid-May the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, an expansive plan that builds on the groundwork laid by previous coronavirus relief packages and seeks to ease the damaging health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to take up the House bill, noting he was hitting “pause” on additional COVID-19 legislation until at least July. Meanwhile the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable children—especially Black children and other children of color, immigrant children, and children in the child welfare system—are growing more urgent each day. Because of this crisis, too many children are at risk of going hungry, becoming homeless, or suffering hardship no child should endure, and they need help before it’s too late.
The Senate must immediately move forward additional COVID-19 legislation, including the many critical provisions for children and families as included in the HEROES Act, as well as additional measures to get children and families the assistance they desperately need and start to address growing racial disparities in our country. Tell your Senators that children and families need action now.
Learn more about the HEROES Act below.