Why Covid-19 is hitting black people harder and what can be done about it
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- Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate, 4/3/20
- 'It's a racial justice issue': Black Americans are dying in greater numbers from Covid-19, 4/8/20
- Pulse Editor-in-Chief and Detroit News Columnist Indicts Detroit's Recovery in MSU Slavery Keynote, 4/14/20
- COVID-19 Has Infected and Killed Black People At Alarming Rates. This Data Proves It., 4/17/20
- New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates, 4/17/20
- Racial toll of virus grows even starker as more data emerges, 4/18/20
- Who's Hit Hardest By COVID-19? Why Obesity Stress And Race All Matter, 4/18/20
- Coronavirus hits Indian Country hard, exposing infrastructure disparities, 4/19/20
- COVID-19 Pandemic Opens Possibilities for Positive Change: Turning Pain into Progress, 4/22/20
- Racism’s Hidden Toll: In America, how long you live depends on the color of your skin, 8/11/20
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In Michigan, one of the greatest areas of need is Detroit, where COVID-19 infection rates are accelerating faster than elsewhere. Flint and other communities where poverty and related health issues put people of color, especially African Americans, at greater risk are also hard hit. Years of residential water shut-offs in these cities also mean thousands have no access to water in the middle of this pandemic. Native American tribes are also experiencing the impacts of the virus.
The organizations listed here address the many daily challenges faced by our most vulnerable neighbors across the state and we encourage you to support them:
- Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry provides food and water to those in need due to the economic toll of the crisis
- We the People of Detroit delivers water where it's needed, including homes that have faced water shut-offs.
- Michigan Welfare Rights offers an array of services to residents in poverty. Send a check or money order to MWRO, 23 E. Adams St, 4th floor, Detroit, MI 48226.
- Flint Rising, born out of the Flint Water Crisis, is still working to secure clean water for all, especially now.
- Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, information about how to support Michigan tribes
- Keep Growing Detroit, works to promote a food sovereign city where the majority of fruits and vegetables consumed by Detroiters are grown by residents within the city’s limits. Their Garden Resource Program has supported family, community, school, and market gardens in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck since 2009.
- Manna Community Meal
- Catholic Worker Movement
- Capuchin Soup Kitchen, long-time Detroit soup kitchen that also operates Earthworks Urban Farm
Please join us in standing in solidarity with these organizations and the Michiganders they serve. We’re all in this together.
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- from MIgov.org
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