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Reading Materials

Films to watch

  • Just Mercy: Free streaming in June 
  • 13th, Dear White People, LA 92, When They See Us, All Day and A Night, The Death and Life of Marsh P. Johnson: Netflix
  • The Black Boss Experience: PBS


  • GirlTrek’s Black History Bootcamp

  •  NPR Series: America Reckons with Racial Justice



News Stories

Brookings: Mayors and governors: This is how you tackle racism

Washington Post: The black-white divide is as wide as it was in 1968

WCPO: Millions of dollars available to help renters avoid eviction in Hamilton County

Pew Research: Single mothers hit hard by job losses

Washington Post: Race, ethnicity data to be required with coronavirus tests starting Aug. 1 

Economic Policy Institute: Black workers face two of the most lethal pre-existing conditions for coronavirus - racism and economic inequality

Washington Post: Kids could go hungry this summer with school lunch programs in peril

New York Times: Pandemic could scar a generation of working mothers

Washington Post: Protecting property is an abstraction to the growing share of Americans who own nothing

Washington Post: Crowded housing and essential jobs: why so many Latinos are getting coronavirus.

Washington Post: Women 55 and older who lose their jobs in the pandemic face greater risk of long-term unemployment.

NPR: How the crisis is making racial inequality worse.

Washington Post: Number of working black business owners falls 40 percent, far more than other groups amid coronavirus 

New York Times: The striking racial divide in how COVID-19 has hit nursing homes.

Washington Post: On the front lines of the pandemic, grocery workers are in the dark about risks.

Washington Post: How the coronavirus pandemic exposed health disparities in communities of color.

Brookings: Essential but undervalued: Millions of health care workers aren't getting the pay or respect they deserve in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bloomberg Law: Paid-leave promise turns 'mirage' for most workers in pandemic.

Forbes: Why racial justice matters in COVID-19 responses.

CNN: Coronavirus is killing more men. But the lockdown is disastrous for women and their rights.

Washington Post: U.S. slow to collect complete data on race, ethnicity in coronavirus cases, civil rights group says.

Washington Post: Security deposits can be a high-cost hurdle to affordable housing.

Washington Post: The pandemic upended child care. It could be devastating for women.

USA Today: Is day care safe during the coronavirus pandemic? It depends. Here are some guidelines.

Ms. Magazine: How salary history bans help close the gender wage gap

Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity: Left out: Why we must center women of color in the next COVID-19 relief package 

Washington Post: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce.

New York Times: Forget pancakes. Pay mothers.

Giving Compass: Keeping up pressure for gender equality amid COVID-19

Washington Post: Time is running out: Small businesses and households are burning through what's left of their cash

CNBC: Op-ed: Diversity gains tumble as women account for 55% of the 20.5M jobs lost in April 

Urban Institute: Latinx unemployment is highest of all racial and ethnic groups for the first time on record

Brookings: Unpredictable and uninsured: The challenging labor market experiences of nontraditional workers

WCPO/Channel 9: Will coronavirus be an "extinction event" for local nonprofits?

Cincinnati Enquirer: Reopening child care centers: Can they survive new post-pandemic rules, costs?

Wall Street Journal: As companies reopen, employees scramble to find child care

New York Times: The pandemic may change how we treat low-income parents

CNN: Our economic recovery depends on policies that benefit women

Vox: The "women's work" of the pandemic

 Gallup: Caring for students' wellbeing in a coronavirus world

CNBC: Op-Ed: The smart way to get US employees back to work

Politico: A new study shows just how badly black Americans have been hit by COVID-19

Buzzfeed: The coronavirus is killing people of color at outsized rates. Local lawmakers want the Justice Department to investigate.

Washington Post: Hispanics are almost twice as likely as whites to have lost their jobs amid pandemic, poll finds.

New York Times: Nearly half of men say they do most of the home schooling. Three percent of women agree.

CityBeat: Report: Some of Ohio's essential workers not paid living wage

New York Times: When can child care resume?

Hamilton Project: The COVID-19 crisis has already left too many children hungry in America

New York Times: 'A Terrible Price': The deadly racial disparities of COVID-19 in America

CNBC: Why long-term flexible work options could be a game changer for women

Urban Institute: The COVID-19 pandemic is straining families' abilities to afford basic needs

Pew Research Trusts: Will child care be there when states reopen?

Brookings: Our employment system has failed low-wage workers. How can we rebuild?

Center for American Progress: Coronavirus pandemic could lead to permanent loss of nearly 4.5 million child care slots

New York Times: Job or health? Restarting the economy threatens to worsen economic inequality

The New Yorker: How single mothers are coping with quarantine

NBC News: Coronavirus could hurt women the most

The Economist: Many poor Americans can't afford to isolate themselves

Washington Post: COVID-19 is ravaging one of the country's wealthiest black counties

New York Times: Rolling Through the Pandemic

*Business Insider: Black women are the hardest hit by the coronavirus unemployment crisis, new survey data shows

*New York Times: Black-Owned Businesses Could Face Hurdles in Federal Aid Program

Cincinnati Enquirer: SNAP/EBT benefits can now be used at Kroger pickup in Ohio, Northern Kentucky 

NPR: U.S. Must Avoid Building Racial Bias Into COVID-19 Emergency Guidance

New York Times: How Millions of Women Became the Most Essential Workers in America

Washington Post: The Bronx, long a symbol of American poverty, is now New York City’s coronavirus capital

Refinery29: What Can A Post-Pandemic World Look Like For Restaurant Workers?

Brookings: Gender and growth: The constraints that bind (or don’t)

Harvard Business Review: US Unemployment Rising Faster for Women and People of Color

WCPO: Waste removal company pays essential employees back by buying lunch, food for the weekends

Washington Post: A childcare center open for essential workers struggles to survive

Fortune: 14% of women considered quitting their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic

Key Learnings

  • GCF is monitoring possible updates to the CARES Act, to assess and amplify the impact of the additional federal dollars to help childcare centers, schools and health care systems.
  • The coronavirus epidemic has painfully exposed the systemic issue of the digital divide in our society, and the inequities it produces:
  1. In education we're seeing increased disparities caused by pandemic-related school closings. Many children have no access to online learning. Some students do not have devices (tablets, laptops) and many others also lack internet access. School districts throughout the tri-state are trying to assess how many of their students are digitally disconnected, to address their needs by providing devices and arranging low-cost internet service.

      2. In health care, there's a growing need for telehealth resources to serve local communities, including organizations that serve those with disabilities, provide behavioral health and recovery services and critical access to primary care for vulnerable populations. There is a high need for devices and access to WiFi as well as staff and patient training.

      3. In the workplace, the pandemic has exposed the huge disparity in the ability of low-wage workers to continue to work during shelter-in-place orders.

     While GCF is addressing immediate needs, we're also focusing on driving systemic change through fact-finding and listening opportunities throughout the community. We know that it will require alignment and resources from philanthropy, public sectors and government to meet these challenges.

  • While the critical shortages of PPE (personal protection equipment) and cleaning supplies are being felt everywhere, most urgently in hospitals, we are hearing about the strong need for them in residential group homes for the developmentally disabled and mental health-based residential facilities – to protect both staff members and residents.
  • We are hearing about the urgent needs of our regional refugee communities – including those from Bhutan, Nepal, Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Burundi – who need help navigating community resources for trauma-informed care and coping strategies in a culturally competent way in their native languages. Refugee Connect, which serves families with children, needs funds for devices to help keep children current with online schooling and to hire additional liaisons to help families access resources and culturally relevant food, particularly for Muslim families during the upcoming month of Ramadan (April 23-May 23).
  • At the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, we're hearing how their community is being impacted by job losses; cessation of ESL classes, which impacts understanding of communications from their children's schools; and food access – their food pantry output has doubled to 80-100 families per month. Critical short-term needs include funding for the food pantry and for gift cards for culturally appropriate food for families during Ramadan.
  • We're hearing about the financial stresses that the coronavirus pandemic has placed upon our treasured regional arts organizations. They're taking a major revenue hit as their doors remain closed, and ArtsWave is stepping in to provide loans, fast-track grants and other aid to this vital component of our community. The annual ArtsWave Campaign is being extended until June 1 to help meet the needs.
  • We're hearing from senior citizens in our community expressing concerns about accessing food, cleaning products, medications and accurate coronavirus information. The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund's significant grant to the Council on Aging addresses that need, enabling distribution of more than 3,000 "14-day" boxes of food and personal care supplies to seniors throughout our region, including those still in their own homes – an often overlooked, isolated population.
  • We've received reports from community-based resource centers of sharply increasing requests for food, cleaning supplies and toiletries. They service populations with limited mobility and a lack of transportation options, including senior citizens and single mothers – heightened with children being out of school. The COVID-19 Regional Response Fund has responded with grants to Food Forest/Transitus, Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses (Neighborhood House), Churches Active in Northside (CAIN) and Santa Maria Community Services. 

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