Top #5Actions of the Past Week: June 26, 2020
This week we are continuing the urgent mobilization for Black lives. It has been over 100 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered by members of the Louisville Metro Police Department, and none of the officers responsible have been arrested or charged for her death. Scroll down to demand justice for Breonna, and share the action with everyone you know.
We’re also speaking out about the need for counselors, not cops, in schools. The data is clear: The presence of school-based mental health providers doesn't just improve outcomes for students, but also improves overall school safety.
Keep scrolling down for timely actions around healthcare, childcare, and expanding unemployment insurance, too.
Thank you for all you do, and keep taking good care of yourself and your loved ones.
Together we are powerful!
*Here’s the list of top #5Actions ->
1. Demand Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer fire and charge the officers responsible for Breonna Taylor's murder
BACKGROUND: It has been over 100 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home by officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). LMPD performed an illegal, no knock drug raid on her home. Not a single officer announced themselves before ramming down her door and firing 22 shots, shooting Breonna 8 times, killing her. The officers were at the WRONG HOUSE, and the person they were looking for had already been arrested earlier that day. Breonna was not a suspect, she had not committed a crime, and her death was senseless and tragic. Only one of the three police officers responsible for Breonna’s death has been fired by the Louisville Police Department and none of the officers have been arrested or charged with her death.
**ACTION: Join us to demand the police officers who killed George Floyd are charged with murder and for the vicious and inflammatory attacks on protesters, including the inflammatory attacks by President Trump, to stop immediately.
2. Tell Governors and Mayors to invest in student supports NOT police in schools
BACKGROUND: We ALL want schools to be safe but we also must be clear that there is no evidence that increasing the number of police in schools actually improves school safety. Instead what we find is that in the vast majority of cases police officers do exactly what they are trained to do, which is detain, handcuff, and arrest. Our schools need more counselors, nurses, social workers, and educators who have the training they need to effectively support students NOT more cops. School counselors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists are trained to support children, and in schools where these professionals are able to provide services we see improved attendance rates, better academic achievement, and higher graduation rates. These same schools also see lower rates of suspension, expulsion, and other disciplinary incidents. The data on this is clear. The presence of school-based mental health providers doesn't just improve outcomes for students, but also improves overall school safety. The time is NOW to stand for students and end the regular presence of law enforcement in schools.
**ACTION: Join us to demand an END to the Regular Presence of Law Enforcement in Schools!
3. Protect Unemployment Insurance
BACKGROUND: We are hurting and we need our elected leaders to double down on the efforts they have already made to expand Unemployment Insurance to those normally left out of the program (women, gig workers, self-employed etc.) and to make sure that the $600 boost to federal benefits is extended beyond the arbitrary July 31st cut off so workers can be made whole during this difficult time. Much more needs to be done so our families can support themselves and our economy can start to recover.
We know that unemployment insurance works and is an important lifeline for millions of people. We just need to make sure it is there for all of us for as long as we need it!
**ADD YOUR NAME to our letter calling on Congress to strengthen and expand unemployment insurance to help struggling workers during the COVID-19 pandemic!
4. Tell us your family's health care story!
BACKGROUND: Does your family have a health care story? Personal experiences are powerful and can make a HUGE difference in helping elected leaders understand how health care policies impact families. Have you or a family member:
- Had COVID-19 (coronavirus) and had to receive treatment?
- Had a ‘pre-existing condition’ like asthma, diabetes, or high blood pressure (or even a c-section)?
- Gotten health insurance coverage through your state’s Marketplace, Medicaid, or CHIP program?
- Had an illness or disability that requires expensive prescription drugs or frequent medical visits, treatments, or surgeries?
- Experienced discriminatory behavior from a medical professional?
- Received a surprise medical bill after receiving medical treatment?
***ACTION: Tell us about it and we'll share your experience directly with leaders!
5. Urge members of Congress to co-sponsor Child Care Is Essential Act
BACKGROUND: Families across the country were already struggling to find and access childcare before the pandemic, but things are about to get harder if we don’t act soon. The size and scope of the impact of this public health crisis on the childcare sector is profound and growing, with families with young children, including infants and toddlers, struggling the most. Without significant investments, we are on track to lose as much as half of our childcare programs. Recent data shows that the childcare industry has lost 326,000 workers since this last February — that’s 31% of all jobs across the sector NATIONWIDE! The Child Care Is Essential Act will keep childcare providers open (both family childcare and center-based care) by granting them access to a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund to cover expenses like payroll and rent, regardless of whether they are open or closed and the number of children enrolled. Grants also provide much needed tuition and copayment relief to families.
**ACTION: Your voice is needed! Can you sign on to send a quick message to your lawmakers right now and urge them to co-sponsor the Child Care is Essential Act?
Thank you for all you do, and have a good weekend.
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