WHAT: Press briefing on the impacts of COVID-19 federal inaction on North Carolina
WHEN: Friday, August 7, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Zoom (registration is required)
WHO: NC Justice Center staff

RALEIGH (August 6, 2020) – Another week of inaction by Congress on a federal COVID-19 package, which many have said would be the last before the election, is leaving people across North Carolina with unmet needs in the face of a mounting economic crisis and persistent public health risks.

North Carolina cannot afford federal inaction. Join a team of North Carolina Justice Center experts on Friday, August 7, to hear more about the hardships facing North Carolina and the need for federal action on a range of issues, including Unemployment Insurance, paid leave, rent and utility assistance, food assistance, federal aid to state and local governments, and increasing the coverage of federal funds for Medicaid.

North Carolina needs a comprehensive policy approach that puts people first to minimize the harm of COVID-19 and jumpstart a recovery. To be most effective, that approach must be inclusive of all people in our state and recognize the disparate impacts being experienced by immigrants and communities of color due to decades of exclusion and underinvestment.

Join us for discussion of the issues facing North Carolina in light of COVID-19, and what the state needs:

  • NC state and local governments have lost the revenue needed to sustain a response: Suzy Khachaturyan, Policy Analyst, Budget & Tax Center
  • NC needs affordable health care: William Munn, Policy Analyst, Health Advocacy Project
  • NC students, teachers, and staff are returning to school: Kris Nordstrom, Senior Policy Analyst, Education & Law Project
  • NC workers are going back to work without paid sick leave: Ana Pardo, Policy Advocate, Workers’ Rights Project
  • NC workers have lost jobs and work hours: Bill Rowe, Deputy Director of Advocacy

Those attending will receive contact information and additional resources including new local data on the impacts of COVID-19 in North Carolina.