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Resources to Help You on Your Racial Equity Journey


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

Celebrating Juneteenth: Resources & Ideas



News Stories

New York Times: America’s Retirement Race Gap, and Ideas for Closing It

Urban Institute: Youth Apprenticeship Can Help Reduce Long-Term Harms from Recession

Urban Institute: What Would It Take to Create the Child Welfare System Families Say They Need?

CNBC: More than 1 in 3 Black women are on the front lines of the pandemic, but they aren’t even close to equal pay 

NPR: How the Pandemic Is Making The Gender Pay Gap Worse

New York Times: How Queer Women Powered the Suffrage Movement 

Forbes: When Black Women Lead, We All Win: 10 Inspiring Leaders Show Us The Way

New York Times: Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals COVID-19 State offers a license to child care providers for school-age distance learners

NPR: As Nation Reckons With Race, Poll Finds White Americans Least Engaged

Washington Post: Residential Segregation Plays a Role in Coronavirus Disparities, Study Finds

The 19th: America's First Female Recession

WCPO: Groundwork Ohio: Childcare Providers Need $50B to Survive Next Six Months

Nonprofit Quarterly: A Most Dangerous Intersection: Revisiting Race and Class in 2020

Washington Post: New Data Finds Black and Hispanic Americans More Likely to Take Precautions Against Coronavirus

The Hill: Major Unions Push for Paid Leave in COVID-19 Bill

New York Times: Why Black Workers Will Hurt the Most if Congress Doesn't Extend Jobless Benefits

Wall Street Journal: COVID-19 Hastens the Work-at-Home Revolution

Roosevelt Institute: A True New Deal for the COVID-19 Era

Washington Post: Grocery Workers Say Morale is at an All-Time Low: "They Don't Even Treat Us Like Humans Anymore"

Cincinnati Enquirer: NKY Church to Offer Sanctuary for Teachers' Kids as Schools Prepare to Reopen Amid Pandemic

New York Times: Are Racial Attitudes Really Changing? Some Black Activists are Skeptical

New York Times: Why Are Child Care Programs Open When Schools Are Not?

Bloomberg: How U.S. Poverty Could Spike in the Last Half of the Year

Washington Post: Ten Bucks Left, No Place to Go: How the Pandemic and a  Broken Unemployment System are Upending People's Lives

Washington Post: Shirley Chisholm Blazed the Way for Every Black Woman Biden is Considering for VP

New York Times Magazine: Returning From War, Returning to Racism

New York Times: 100 Years Later, These Activists Continue Their Ancestors' Work

Cincinnati Business Courier: Federal Reserve Study Examines Ohio and Neighboring States' Job Losses

Urban Institute: 2020 Poverty Projections: Accessing Three Pandemic-Aid Policies

Urban Institute: To Significantly Increase Access to Capital for Communities of Color, We Need to Support Black Banks and All CDFIs

Urban Institute: Moving to a 70 Percent Income Replacement for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Will Disproportionately Hurt Low-Income Renters

The Lily: An 'Eviction Apocalypse' is Coming, Experts Warn. Black Women Will Bear the Brunt.

Columbus Dispatch: Blacks, Latinos and the Poor Less Likely to Get $1,200 Coronavirus Stimulus Check, New Report Says

New York Times: 7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face

Vox: America's Child Care Problem is an Economic Problem

Refinery 29: Black Domestic Workers Are Fearing for Their Lives. Organizing Has Changed Mine.

Washington Post: A COVID-19 Vaccine Can Ensure Better Outcomes for Communities of Color. Let's Work to Earn Their Trust.

Cincinnati Business Courier: How This Nonprofit Aims to Boost Diversity in Cincinnati's Business Community

CBS News: It's Been a Record 11 Years Since the Last Increase in U.S. Minimum Wage

Wall Street Journal: Is $600 a Week in Extra Unemployment Aid Deterring People from Seeking Work?

Cincinnati Enquirer: Child Care Challenges Mount as Black-to-School Plans Include Remote Learning

WVXU: CMHA Offering Bonuses to Property Owners Who Accept Vouchers

WVXU: Hamilton County Using CARES Act Funds to Assist Renters

Washington Post: A Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends This Week, Putting 12 Million Tenants at Risk

Wall Street Journal: Women's Job Losses from Pandemic Aren't Good for Economic Recovery

Washington Post: Study Finds Black and Latino Students Face Significant 'Funding Gap'

New York Times: About 30 Million Workers are Collecting Unemployment Benefits

Washington Post: The Child-Care Crisis Punishes Women in Health Care. Without Schools, They'll Quit.

Brookings: How Does Gender Equality Affect Women in Retirement?

Urban Institute: Four Ways to Keep Renters from Falling Off the Eviction Cliff

New York Times: Why We Still Don't Know Enough About COVID-19 and Pregnancy

Refinery 29: Coronavirus Has Finally Put a Spotlight on America's Childcare Crisis. What Happens Now?

Refinery 29: There's No Money in Working Anymore

Pew Research: A Century After Women Gained the Right to Vote, Majority of Americans See Work To Do on Gender Equality

Bloomberg Law: Without Child Care, Back-to-Work Parents Have Few Legal Options

New York Times: The Jobs We Need

New York Times: Women Ask Themselves, 'How Can I Do This for One More Day?'

Fortune: To Beat COVID-19, Working Families Need a National Paid Leave Program

Ohio Capital Journal: More than 500,000 Ohioans Couldn't Pay Rent Last Month, Census Survey Estimates

New York Times: 7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face

CNN: Women, Young People and Low Earners Are Getting Hurt Most by Jobs Crisis

Washington Post: The Big Factor Holding Back the U.S. Economic Recovery: Child Care

Washington Post: COVID-19 Causes Challenges for Years-in-the-Making Study on Babies and Poverty

CNBC: How Coronavirus Could Do Real, Long-Term Damage to Women's Careers.

Fortune: In April, 6% of Parents Expected to Quit Their Jobs Because of COVID-19. Now That's up to 27%.

New York Times: Big New Obstacle for Economic Recovery: Child Care Crisis

The Hill: Virginia Becomes First State to Issue Work Safety Standards for Coronavirus

ABC News: Asheville City Council Approves Reparations Plan as Providence Explores Idea

Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Double-Whammy:' More Than Half of Black Workers in Ohio Have Lost Income Because of the Coronavirus

Pew Research Center: Many Black and Asian Americans Say They Have Experienced Discrimination Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak

New York Times: America's Enduring Caste System

Newsweek: New Study Shows That Asking for Salary HIstory Perpetuates Systemic Racism

Wall Street Journal: The Disparate Racial Impact of Requiring a College Degree

Washington Post: The Pandemic Didn't Create Working Moms' Struggle. But It Made It Impossible to Ignore.

Brookings: Working Parents Are Key to COVID-19 Recovery

Urban Institute: Racial Inequities Will Grow Unless we Consciously Work to Eliminate Them

Urban Institute: The COVID-19 Crisis Continues to Have Uneven Economic Impact by Race and Ethnicity

Economist: Segregation Still Blights the Lives of African Americans

Cincinnati Business Courier: Chamber Throws Its Weight Behind Movement to Combat Racism

Fortune: Netflix will Move $100 Million Into Black-Owned Banks

New York Times: Banks Should Face History and Pay Reparations

Washington Post: These Numbers Show That Black and White People Live in Two Different Americas

Refinery 29: "We Can't Build Anti-Racism on Top of Racism": A Q&A with Layla F. Saad

Brookings: Black Essential Workers' LIves Matter. They Deserve Real Change, Not Just Lip Service.

Cincinnati Business Courier: What Black-Owned Businesses Need From Cincinnati

New York Times: What is Owed: If true justice and equality are ever to be achieved in the United States, the country must finally take seriously what it owes Black Americans

New York Times: Why Do We Pay So Many People So Little Money?

WCPO: Parents Ponder Childcare Options After CPS Announces Blended Back-to-School Plan

Forbes: Five Big Ideas to Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap

Cincinnati Enquirer: Can a City Tackle Racism as a Public Health Crisis? Look at Milwaukee, Which Did It First

Washington Post: Almost One-Third of Black Americans Know Someone Who Died of COVID-19, Survey Shows

WCPO: Despite Unemployment, Some Employers Struggling to Get Employees Back in Workforce

New York Times: The Black-White Wage Gap Is as Big as It Was in 1950

Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity: Poorest Americans Have the Most Difficulty Accessing Stimulus Checks 

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Number of People in Families with Below-Poverty Earnings Has Soared, Especially Among Black and Latino Individuals 

Politico: Environmental Justice in the Spotlight

Columbus Dispatch: Witnesses Ask for More Than Symbolism in Ohio Senate Hearing on Racism as Public Health Crisis

CNBC: 63 Percent of Families are Uncomfortable Sending Their Children Back to Day Care

Politico: A Lack of Child Care is Keeping Women on Unemployment Rolls

Wall Street Journal: Study Finds Salary-History Bans Boost Pay for African Americans, Women

Columbus Dispatch: Coronavirus Compounds Challenges Faced By Ohio's Poor

HuffPost: Why Health Care Workers Don't Have Paid Sick Days During the Pandemic

Fortune: The 2.5 Million Jobs the Economy Gained in May Went to Almost Everyone Except Black Women

The Atlantic: The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment

Brookings: To Add Value to Black Communities, We Must Defund the Police and Prison Systems

Washington Post: Coronavirus Could Widen the Black Wealth Gap

The Atlantic: The Reckoning Will Be Incomplete Without Black Women and Girls

Washington Post: Kids Around the World Are Out of School. Millions of Girls Might Not Go Back.

CityLab: What 'Livability' Looks Like for Black Women

AP News: Parents Hoping to Get Back to Work Face a Child Care Crisis

TIME: Why the Pay Gap for Working Moms Is a Race Issue Too

Washington Post: To Fix Our Cities, We Must Reckon With Our Racist Urban Past

Fortune: On Racial Equity, How Can Companies Show They Mean What They Say?

Brookings: To Protect Frontline Workers During and After COVID-19, We Must Define Who They Are

Washington Post: Depression and Anxiety Spiked Among Black Americans After George Floyd's Death

Fortune: The Economy is Starting to Recover, But It's Leaving Black Women Behind

New York Times: 'Corporate America Has Failed Black America"

TIME: Why Are Black Women and Girls Still an Afterthought in Our Outrage Over Police Violence? The Unbearable Grief of Black Mothers

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Mass Decarceration, COVID-19 and Justice in America

Center for American Progress: Congress Must Strengthen SNAP to Support Essential Workers During the Coronavirus Crisis

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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