Thoughts from Barry
I may lose followers after this. I don’t care. Watching the news coming out of Minneapolis is infuriating. My heart goes out to George Floyd’s family, friends, and community. This was a crime against American values. This was a crime against humanity. I want to say it clearly for all to hear: Black. Lives. Matter….
June 10th Virtual Town Hall: Racism as a Public Health Crisis
Watch Here Thank you to everyone who participated! About the Town Hall Areas with large populations of black and brown people have suffered disproportionate, devastating death rates caused by Covid-19. Our panelists are in the trenches, fighting alongside marginalized communities under siege by this novel virus and lack of adequate financial and health resources….
An Open Letter to the New York Times
An open letter to the New York Times about their article, “Where Chronic Health Conditions and Coronavirus Could Collide“… I had to abbreviate the below letter to the New York Times, but if I didn’t have to abide by a word count, this is what I would have submitted… Dear Editor, I want to follow…
Virtual Town Hall: Who Buys Kids? What’s Behind the Demand for Sex Trafficking?
Watch Here MEET THE PANELISTS… Moderator, Sara Gaffney Mahoney The Florida Alliance to End Human Trafficking Sara Gaffney Mahoney was the New York City Press Secretary for Governor George Pataki of New York, having previously served as his Communications Director in the New York State Senate. Sara served on the Board of Directors of My…
Food Insecurity: Covid-19’s Newest Trend
Within days of COVID-19 shutting down the economy, people started flocking to pantries and food banks for support to feed their families. Charity food services around the country continue to work tirelessly to meet the staggering increase in demand. People who have never needed food assistance are now caught in a precarious situation. Millions of…
The Upside of a Pandemic
I’ll say it—the first half of 2020 is trash. The Voldemort of viruses has claimed lives, devastated economies, financially crippled families, and canceled thousands of special occasions from graduations to weddings. There’s a lot of bad in this pandemic. But as we look towards the reopening of America, there’s no denying that some good happened,…
Unemployment and Race in the Age of Covid-19
All over the news we see headlines about the projections of those who will suffer unemployment related to the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 response. As of May 4, 2020, 30 million people filed claims for unemployment, suggesting that the unemployment rate could reach a projected 32 percent next quarter —well above the rate…
Viruses May Not Discriminate, But…
Systemic inequality and institutional racism are great contributors to the high number of African American deaths during the Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Black families were already struggling. Many in these communities lived in poverty, with issues related to housing and food insecurity, as well as many medical conditions that could be…
What do Covid-19 and the Tiger King Have in Common?
The #1 Netflix documentary the week of March 29, 2020 was the Tiger King; Murder, Mayhem and Madness, a bizarre docuseries about big cats and the people who collect them. The rise of popularity of the series was attributed to the fact that most Americans were under stay at home orders related to the COVID-19…