5 Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus
The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from the federal government. The depth of the crisis and the scope of the response mean that choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As policymakers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified. This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a just recovery.

We, the undersigned organizations, call for COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages to contribute to a just recovery by upholding these five principles:

(1) HEALTH IS THE TOP PRIORITY, FOR ALL PEOPLE, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS

We support the calls of community leaders, public health organizations, unions, and others for free and accessible testing, treatment, and protective equipment; expanded hospital capacity, including in rural areas, territories, and tribal lands; paid sick leave and paid family medical leave for all workers without exception; expanded federal funding for Medicaid; and full funding for Indian Health Service and urban Indian health centers. Critically, the government must ensure such health protections cover all people, including low-wage workers, health workers, independent contractors, family farmers, Black and Latinx communities, undocumented immigrants, Indigenous peoples, people who are incarcerated, people who are homeless or housing insecure, and others likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn.

(2) PROVIDE ECONOMIC RELIEF DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE

We support the urgent calls to expand the social safety net by broadening unemployment insurance, vastly increasing food aid programs, extending housing assistance, expanding childcare for working families, relieving student debt, and halting evictions, foreclosures, and shut offs of water and electricity. As with expanded public health measures, these economic measures must be implemented to ensure coverage of workers and communities likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. In addition, to counteract the economic downturn, the federal government should immediately direct sizable cash payments to every person. Larger payments should be made to lower-income workers and the poor, who are disproportionately exposed to both COVID-19 health risks and heightened job insecurity. These payments should be made swiftly and regularly throughout the duration of the economic recession.

(3) RESCUE WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES, NOT CORPORATE EXECUTIVES

Any financial assistance directed at specific industries must be channeled to workers, not shareholders or corporate executives. Specifically, any federal loans must be used to maintain payroll and benefits, not executive bonuses or stock buybacks. In addition, such funds should come with pro-worker conditions, such as requiring worker representation on the company’s board of directors, company-wide enactment of a $15/hour or higher minimum wage, and compliance with high-road labor standards such as payment of prevailing wages, use of project-labor agreements, adoption of a neutrality policy with regard to union collective bargaining, and adoption of a “ban the box” hiring policy to ensure fair employment opportunities for all.

(4) MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT ON A REGENERATIVE ECONOMY, WHILE PREVENTING FUTURE CRISES

While we urgently need a large, short-term stimulus to protect the health and economic security of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that policymakers also plan for a large, medium-term stimulus to counteract the economic downturn and ensure a just recovery. This stimulus should create millions of good, family-sustaining jobs with high-road labor standards; counter systemic inequities by directing investments to the working families, communities of color, and Indigenous communities who face the most economic insecurity; and tackle the climate crisis that is compounding threats to our economy and health. All three goals can be achieved simultaneously with public investments to rebuild our infrastructure, replace lead pipes, expand wind and solar power, build clean and affordable public transit, weatherize our buildings, build and repair public housing, manufacture more clean energy goods, restore our wetlands and forests, expand public services that support climate resilience, and support regenerative agriculture led by family farmers. Critically, stimulus packages should include conditions for industries to implement high-road labor standards, workforce development, and reductions in climate emissions and toxic pollution. The response to one existential crisis must not fuel another.

(5) PROTECT OUR DEMOCRATIC PROCESS WHILE PROTECTING EACH OTHER

People must not be forced to choose between exercising their rights as citizens and protecting public health. The federal government must support states, by providing funding and technical support wherever needed, to ensure that every American can vote safely in primary and general elections. Specific life-saving and democracy-defending measures include expanding vote by mail, online or automatic voter registration, among others. The 2020 Census must be fully supported and resourced to achieve an accurate and safe count under the new and evolving conditions. US Congress, state capitals and city halls should not shut down until they have amended rules to ensure continuity of governance in the case that in-person sessions are suspended.

Signed,


Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Avaaz
BlueGreen Alliance
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Popular Democracy
Clean Water Action
Climate Justice Alliance
Corporate Accountability
Communications Workers of America
Democracy for America
Demos
Dream Corps
Friends of the Earth
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Greenpeace
Hip Hop Caucus
Indigenous Environmental Network
Indivisible
Interfaith Power and Light
It Takes Roots
Justice Democrats
League of Conservation Voters
Mijente
Movement Voter Project
MoveOn
New Consensus
NextGen America
People's Action
Peoples Climate Movement
Presente.org
Public Citizen
Public Citizen
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Sierra Club
Stand.earth
Sunrise Movement
UltraViolet
Union of Concerned Scientists
United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE)
United We Dream
Women’s March
Working Families Party
350.org

Access the Polls
ActionAid USA
Agricultural Missions, Inc
Alaska Wilderness League
All Together Now Pennsylvania
Alliance for a Green Economy
Alliance for Environmental Strategies
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
American Sustainable Business Council
Americans Who Tell the Truth
Amicus Solar Cooperative
Anthropocene Alliance
Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON) Environmental Justice Committee
Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Berks Gas Truth
Beyond Extreme Energy
Beyond the Bomb
Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition
Black Leaders Organizing for Community (BLOC)
Blue Future
Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project
BlueGreen Alliance
Boston Impact Initiative
Boston Liberation Health Group
Brattleboro Savings & Loan
Breast Cancer Action
Brighter Green
Call to Action - CO
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Catalyst Project
Catholic Network US
Catskill Mountainkeeper
CCAG
Center for Climate Change and Health
Center for Coalfield Justice
Center for Creative Ecologies
Center for Digital Democracy
Center for Economic Democracy
Center for Environmental Health
Center for International Environmental Law
Center for Story-based Strategy
Center for Sustainability, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Center for Sustainable Economy
Center for Sustainable Neighborhoods
Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)
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Citizens for Local Power
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Citizens' Environmental Coalition
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Clean and Healthy New York
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Climate Action Campaign
Climate Action Iowa
Climate Hawks Vote
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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
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NAACP. Northern Oakland County Branch
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
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Planting Justice
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