The SPLC Action Fund sent a detailed letter to members of Congress on April 22, 2020, highlighting the need for federal action that specifically addresses the needs of people in South.
Despite having one of the fastest growing economies and populations in the nation, the Deep South faces unique threats during the COVID-19 crisis. Too many people lack the fundamental protections necessary so that families, workers, students and voters in the Deep South can thrive—but it doesn’t have to be this way. Congress has both the power and the responsibility to create a stimulus package that helps lead the way to a better future.
Unfortunately, so far, the federal response to the global pandemic has left too many gaps. Many families in the Deep South continue to struggle to pay their bills and put food on their tables. Historic discrimination and structural inequality have made the economic devastation resulting from this crisis particularly hard on people of color, immigrants, low-wage workers, and other impacted communities.
The SPLC Action Fund calls on Congress to pass additional legislation to ensure that communities get the additional resources necessary to weather this pandemic. Even before this crisis, the economy was not working for many. They must come together to implement policies that will promote a fair and just society where everyone can thrive.
Read the letter here.
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