Silence is NOT an option – (6/23/2020)

1) Black Workers Retaliated Against at Higher Rates for Speaking Out About Unsafe Working Conditions, Survey Finds

According to a nationwide survey from the National Employment Law Project (NELP), Black workers are being retaliated against at a much higher rate than their White counterparts for speaking out about unsafe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. While one in eight workers who responded to the survey has perceived possible employer retaliation against working people in their company for raising health and safety concerns during the pandemic, Black workers are more than twice as likely as White workers to have seen possible retaliation. NELP explained, “Our results suggest that virus transmission in the workplace may be exacerbated by employer repression and that the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities may be related to greater exposure of Black workers to repressive workplace environments.”

2) The Impact of Disparities on Children’s Health

Differences in access to medical care and treatment contribute to conditions that disproportionately hurt minority children.

3) In claiming disproportionate numbers of Black and Latino lives, the pandemic has helped force a national debate about structural racism — including in design and urban planning. So how do you build a city that is more equitable, where Black people can access public spaces without fear? The Times spoke with nine architects, planners and advocates for their ideas.

4) ‘Banking While Black’: How Cashing a Check Can Be a Minefield

Black customers risk being racially profiled on everyday visits to bank branches. Under federal laws, there is little recourse as long as the banks ultimately complete their transactions.

5)  Watch the latest 1:33 video from Black Lives Matter to see all that we’ve already accomplished and share it to let your friends know that our fight is far from over.