Greetings!

We are in the middle of a crisis that is already having a huge impact on people's livelihoods. But during these bleak times, we're seeing something beautiful: communities coming together to support some of the population's most vulnerable people. Here's how you can take part, whether you want to volunteer or are in need of help.

-Kina Thorpe, Educational Program Manager
In This Issue
  • PJC Update
  • Inequality Towards Food Service and Grocery Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Healthcare Fund
  • Action Highlight: Four Letters and Petitions to Support the Most Vulnerable from COVID-19
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March 26, 2020
Action Alerts: Sign These Four Letters and Petitions to Support the Most Vulnerable from COVID-19
Take Acton to combat both COVID-19 and the looming income crisis for working people
So far steps have been taken to address COVID-19 and the looming income crisis for working people, but there is still so much more to be done to assure that working people can survive this.

We may be heading towards a new Great Depression. Therefore we must continue to FIGHT to make sure that working people remain THE priority. We need the State of Vermont to immediately take new measures to respond to the evolving crisis. And in the intermediate and long term, legislation should be adopted to better guarantee the social and economic well-being of all working Vermonters.

The Vermont AFL-CIO has penned a letter to Governor Scott, Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate Tim Ashe to implore them to continue to work for the people. Sign the letter and voice your needs!
Call on the State of Vermont to Postpone Evictions, Cancel Rent, & More During Coronavirus
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With a lot of misinformation out there about COVID-19, there is one piece of advice that most people agree is essential: stay home to stop the spread of the disease. But with thousands of Vermonters losing their jobs during this pandemic, or having to quit their jobs to take care of their children while schools/day cares are closed, keeping a roof over their head to stay under has become a greater challenge than it was before.

The Burlington Tenants Union has started a petition to urge the Governor to postpone evictions, cancel rent, and take other important steps to assure that poor and working class Vermonters don't lose their homes as a result of this pandemic, and to assure that those without homes in our community receive adequate shelter. 6,500 other Vermonters have already signed the petition. Add your name and let the governor know that action is needed NOW.
Expand Medicaid for All & Keep Rural Hospitals Open!
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented public emergency.
Thousands of people in Vermont require immediate attention to meet the basic needs of our families, while  our rural hospitals and clinics are at risk of closure .

A high-quality, public health care system is the necessary response to this crisis. Join the Vermont Workers Center in calling on Governor Scott and the Vermont legislature to immediately:

  1. Expand Medicaid eligibility to all Vermont residents while moving to implement universal, public financing as laid out in Act 48.
  2. Establish public authority to direct Vermont’s hospitals and clinics, ensuring they stay open through the crisis and beyond by diverting resources from overpaid executives to front line providers and the health of our communities.
Release Immigrants Detained in Strafford County, NH
As responses to the COVID-19 virus drastically change the course of daily living worldwide, Immigration and Customs Enforcement must also do their part to hamper the continued spread of this deadly virus. With the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the nation, we are writing to urge ICE to halt all further immigration enforcement operations and in-person court appearances for bond and master calendar hearings, suspend the detention of new individuals, immediately release those individuals in ICE custody at the Strafford County Department of Corrections in New Hampshire, and to prepare a plan for safely reintegrating those individuals into the community. 

During a global health pandemic the government should spend it's resources keeping people healthy, housed, and fed. Not detaining immigrants.

This formal demand letter  was written by members of the Maine Law Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, Community Voices for Immigrant Rights, and the ACLU of New Hampshire. Please add your name to show your support of this demand to release detainees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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