Peace and Justice Action Updates: 12.2.2020

Tracking Gun Violence
Please contact your own state legislators today, Wednesday, December 2, 2020, to ask them to support H.2045/S.1388, an act relative to crime gun data reporting and analysis.

This bill will require a detailed analysis of MA crime gun trace data to better understand the origins of crime guns. We want House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka to bring it to the floor for a vote.

Click HERE to send an email to your state representatives to support a vote on H.2045/S.1388.

You can also make a quick call – see the suggested script.

PHONE SCRIPT:

My name is _________. My address is _________. I am calling to ask my representative to contact House Speaker DeLeo and Senate President Spilka to bring a vote on H.2045/S.1388 An Act Relative To Crime Gun Data Reporting and Analysis. People are dying from crime guns, 50% of which come from within MA. We need to know the source of these crime guns so we know how to stop them from getting to our streets.

Click here to find your legislator.

The Effects of COVID-19 on Marginalized Populations
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic extend far beyond health care. It is also impacting the following:

Poverty
COVID-19 could push 71 million more people into extreme poverty this year. As a result, the global extreme poverty rate would increase to 8.82% –representing the first increase in global extreme poverty since 1998, effectively wiping out progress made since 2017. Projected impacts are likely to be long-lasting.
The World Bank

Race
Data show that people of color are experiencing a disproportionate burden of COVID-19 cases and deaths. In addition, Black, Hispanic, and Asian people are at increased risk of hospitalization due to the virus.
KFF

Minorities are less likely to be insured and healthcare access is limited by other factors such as: lack of transportation, child care, ability to take time off of work, communication and language barriers, cultural differences between patients and providers and historical and current discrimination in healthcare systems.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Racial & ethnic groups are disproportionately represented in essential work settings such as healthcare facilities, farms, factories, grocery stores, and public transportation. These often include close contact with the public or other workers, not being able to work from home, and not having paid sick days.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Minorities often live in crowded conditions that make it more challenging to follow prevention strategies. Growing and disproportionate unemployment rates during the pandemic may lead to greater risk of eviction and homelessness or sharing of housing.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Immigration
Visa processing overseas as well as the processing of some immigration benefits within the country have come to a near standstill.
Entry into the United States along the Mexican and Canadian borders—including by asylum seekers and unaccompanied children—has been severely restricted.
Tens of thousands of people remain in immigration detention despite the high risk of transmission in crowded jails, prisons, and detention centers that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses to hold noncitizens.
The pandemic has led to the suspension of many immigration court hearings and limited the functioning of the few courts which remain open or were reopened.
American Immigration Council

Refugees
168 countries have fully or partially closed their borders to refugees due to the health crisis.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Refugees to the United States, especially those recently resettled, often experience living arrangements or working conditions that put them at greater risk of getting the virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Criminal Justice System
The number of incarcerated people needs to be reduced to mitigate the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic because adequate social distancing and healthcare are just not possible in correctional facilities.
New England Journal of Medicine

20 states do not require masks to be worn by staff and most are not requiring incarcerated people to wear them.
Prison Policy Initiative

Climate
Growing evidence suggests that outbreaks or epidemic diseases may become more frequent as climate continues to change.
UN Environment Program

Domestic Violence
In some regions, the number of calls to domestic violence hotlines has dropped by more than 50% — not because of a decrease in the violence, but rather because victims are unable to safely connect with services.
New England Journal of Medicine

International Image
Across 13 nations surveyed, a median of just 15% say the U.S. has done a good job of dealing with the outbreak.
Pew Research Center

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