COVID-19 and the Black Community: Why Philly Needs a Black Stimulus


On June 2, 2:00 pm, 215 People’s Alliance, the Office of Councilmember Brooks and WURD cohost COVID-19 & the Black Community: Why Philly Needs a Black Stimulus.

In Philly, the poorest big city in the country, communities of color were already faced with unequal access to healthcare, a broken social safety net, and one of the highest eviction rates in the country long before COVID-19 hit. As the pandemic has progressed, rampant inequality, the digital divide, and the affordable housing crisis have exacerbated the impact of the virus on the Black community. In the face of the potentially devastating impact of an austerity budget that would further starve our most vulnerable neighborhoods of critical resources, the need for a Black Stimulus has never been greater.

This Election Day, join local and national leaders and activists to discuss what a Black Stimulus would mean in the time of COVID-19.

Date: Tuesday, June 2, Election Day

Time: 2:00-4:00pm (3:30-4pm will be saved for calls from listeners)

Location: Virtually conducted via zoom link, WURD will share link next week for participants. WURD will broadcast over 96.1FM and it will also be streamed to Facebook (video+audio). 

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  • Amadee Braxton (host, WURD) – moderator 
  • Kendra Brooks (Councilmember At-Large) – focus on Black essential workers’ rights and City budget
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Author, Race for Profit, Assistant Professor, Princeton University) – focus on structural critique/big picture
  • Munira Edens and her son (One PA Organizer) –focus on Black parent/student experience/education
  • Jennifer Graham (Essential Worker)
  • Shelah Mcmillan (Nurse)
  • Chenjerai Kumanyika (215 People’s Alliance Steering Committee Member, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University) – focus on impact of austerity on Black communities, defines Black Stimulus
  • Rasheedah Phillips (Senior Advocate Resources and Training Attorney, Shriver Center on Poverty Law) –focus on housing, race, and poverty
  • Isaiah Thomas (Councilmember At-Large) –focus on Black youth 
  • Maurice Mitchell (Working Families Party, National Director) –focus on national scale and importance of voting for Black community/tie-in to election day