Press Briefing: Directly Impacted Workers & Community Members Demand NC General Assembly Act Immediately to Provide COVID-19 Relief
(North Carolina) – COVID-19 has exposed the social, economic, and political crises that our communities have borne for decades. A broad alliance of grassroots organizations, NC United for Survival & Beyond, have released 10 demands of the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor to provide relief to vulnerable communities. These demands were released, circulated online as a sign-on letter, sent to Senator Berger and Speaker Moore, and over 220 organizations and 2,400 North Carolinians have signed on to them. Still, to date, there has been no response nor action from leadership at the North Carolina General Assembly.
“North Carolina needs to prioritize the public health and safety of patients and healthcare providers first. We need to expand Medicaid more than ever, especially to help reduce the disparities experienced by African Americans during this crisis,” said LaShonda Wallace, a family nurse practitioner and HIV care provider and advocate with Seeds of Healing.
What: Online Press Conference with speakers from across the state articulating why NCGA leadership must immediately enact the 10 demands during the special session to provide immediate relief to their communities in this time of crisis.
When: April 29th, 2020, 12:00pm until 12:30pm. Speakers are available for interviews by phone after the press conference.
Where: Online: Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/872234912 Meeting ID: 872 234 912
By phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York time) Meeting ID: 872 234 912
Who: Speakers include Kendra Johnson, Equality NC; LaShonda Wallace, family nurse practitioner and HIV Care provider, speaking about the need to expand Medicaid and the need to prioritize public health in this crisis; healthcare workers; and members from the Latinx immigrant community.
Why: Speakers will explain how COVID-19 is impacting their lives and communities and why vulnerable populations such as low-wage workers, renters, immigrants, and the uninsured across North Carolina need the North Carolina General Assembly to immediately enact the 10 demands and ensure robust protections for all, now and into the future.