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While All New Yorkers Are Impacted By Covid-19, We Must Recognize & Swiftly Address the Needs Of New York’s Most Vulnerable & At Risk Communities

The reverberations of the global human and economic loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt at the local level, from block to block. Historically marginalized neighborhoods and communities will be most acutely impacted and left particularly vulnerable. In New York, low-income communities of color and immigrant communities will face the brunt not only of the medical crisis that is upon us, but also the growing economic crisis in the form of evictions, mounting debt, job loss, and community disinvestment. The spread of COVID-19 has exposed the long-established gaps in our social infrastructure. These inequities are not new, but will be laid bare and felt more intensely than ever before. A crisis of this scale requires a commensurate and comprehensive response. It is the responsibility of federal, state, and local governments to act swiftly, strategically, and boldly to minimize the catastrophic economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. We call on our government – at all levels – to act decisively to give everyone the ability to do their part without the risk of losing their jobs, homes, and their very lives.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, local and state governments are key actors in protecting the United States’ most vulnerable residents. They run jails and state prisons, which are key to “flattening the curve,” they oversee court systems, they provide homelessness services, they decide whether to enforce evictions and utility shutoffs, and more. Throughout the country, advocates are now calling on local and state authorities to change their practices: to stop evictions and to release elderly people from prison, for instance.

THE APPEAL has created an interactive map that tracks developments of the coronavirus response in local and state governments, with a focus on what is being done — and what’s not done — to protect vulnerable populations. The Appeal: Political Report is devoted to shedding a spotlight on state and local politics.

For more information and to view the interactive map, click here.

As COVID-19 spreads, states are suspending visits to prison facilities and limiting criminal court proceedings. The Marshall Project rounding up the changes as they occur. To view these changes, click here.

If you have seen closures to prisons, jails or courts due to coronavirus and would like to submit them to The Marshall Project, click here.

About The Marshall Project

The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. We achieve this through award-winning journalism, partnerships with other news outlets and public forums. In all of our work we strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.

Coronavirus Tracker provided by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). These projections assuming full social distancing through May 2020. To view projections, click here.

About The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent population health research center at UW Medicine, part of the University of Washington, that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME makes this information freely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions about how to allocate resources to best improve population health.

Are you wondering what happens in your body when it’s exposed to coronavirus? Yale School of Medicine PhD student Clara Liao explains how coronavirus turns cells in your bodies into virus-making machines. The video also shows how infection leads to symptoms like dry cough, fever, and difficulty in breathing, how the immune system sometimes fights off coronavirus disease, and what happens when it’s a losing battle. After watching it, you’ll understand why washing your hands for 20 seconds prevents infection and why social distancing is essential.

Clara Liao is a first-year PhD student in Yale’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. She is interested in the molecular mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders and molecular neuropharmacology.

Visit covid.yale.edu for more information.

COVID-19 has spontaneously thrust many parents and caretakers into the role of homeschooling. We here at Ujima Inc. know that you are doing a great job and your children do too. We understand that this might be a somewhat stressful time for you, so we have created a list of electronic resources for you to assist with your lesson plans. The below list is not exhaustive but it does provide many free and low-cost resources for learners of all ages. Thank you and we look forward to supporting you throughout the duration of this global pandemic.

Resources for:
Grades K-12
Higher Education


The National LGBT Cancer Network is offer a wealth of resources for the LGBTQ+ community. The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by:

  • EDUCATING the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection;
  • TRAINING health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and
  • ADVOCATING for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.

For more information about The National LGBT Cancer Network and their resources, visit www.cancer-network.org.

The Allstate Foundation recently announced that they will be providing $500,000 to help domestic violence nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Through small, flexible grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations providing services to survivors of domestic violence, The Allstate Foundation will make a positive change in communities across the country. Oversight and implementation of the small grants program will be provided by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). For more info, visit NNEDV.org/EmergencyGrants. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020.

CHANGE THEIR WORLD. CHANGE YOURS. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

As we learn about COVID-19 resources and services available, we will be sharing them here.