After weeks of denying the existence and severity of COVID-19 in the United States, the United States under Trump’s leadership has the largest number of confirmed cases.1
With incredible speed, this pandemic is revealing the full costs of this Administration’s incompetence, racism, and extremist policies. But it’s also revealing our interconnectedness and the power of our solidarity.
Last week we asked you to push your Senators to pass a COVID-19 relief bill that put people first. In just one day, over 1,500 Bend the Arc members wrote 48 out of 50 Senators before the vote. To help you understand this massive $2 trillion package (what it includes, what it leaves out), our DC team will be going live on Facebook at 4:15pm this Thursday, April 2nd.
You can also use THIS LINK to add the Facebook Live to your calendar.
The costs of inaction by the Trump administration are splashed across the news, daily:
In New York City, doctors are wearing garbage bags as substitutes for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).2
On Friday, a teenager in Los Angeles died, likely related to COVID-19, after being turned away from an urgent care clinic because they didn’t have health insurance.3
Historically unprecedented unemployment rates continue to rise every week and while a national social distancing order has been extended through at least the end of April, the relief bill provides too little support for too many.
In strength, resilience, and love,
The Bend the Arc team
P.S. Have questions you want our advocacy team to answer? Just reply to this email and we’ll put them on the list.
- Teen Vogue, The United States Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
- CNN, See doctors react to photo of nurses wearing trash bags
- HuffPost, Teen Who May Have Died Of Coronavirus Was Denied Care For Not Having Insurance: Mayor