How are you impacted by Covid-19?
We see the many small fires igniting across Southern Maine. We want to know what is at stake for you in this moment, and how you want or need the community to respond. We believe in mutual aid, and want to be responsive to the moment we are facing. Many grassroots efforts are underway in other towns and cities to hold local governments and councilors accountable to their communities. We are reaching out to learn more about how we can use our position as a Workers' Center to respond to your needs. We can't promise we can do everything, but we do want to be strategic and accountable.
We know with jobs closing, and with people avoiding mass gatherings and public places, many will lose the vital tips and incomes that they rely on to pay rent/ bills/ food/ childcare/ medicine, etc. We know that low wage and hourly workers, people without homes, people with disabilities and compromised immune systems, older individuals, and incarcerated folks are at particularly high risk of both health and economic impacts. And because white supremacy infuses our economic system, Black people, immigrants, indigenous communities, and communities of color will bear a disproportionate burden in this crisis. We want to know what is at stake for you to see how the Workers' Center could organize a response based on the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. We are hoping to incorporate this feedback into our plan for action. More to come, and thank you for participating.
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How likely is the coronavirus to effect you and your family?
What health impacts concern you?
Becoming sick because of the corona virus
Pre-existing conditions or age worsening your fear of personal exposure.
Effects on your mental health.
Concern that loved ones will get sick.
Not being able to afford or access health care.
Inability to limit exposure due to houselessness.
Inability to limit exposure due to need to work or lack of paid sick time.
What economic impacts do you anticipate or are already experiencing?
Lack of access to childcare
Missing work in order to care for others.
Loss of tips/ wages/ income/ shifts/ contracts
Your place of employment closing temporally or permanently.
Inability to pay rent due to lost hours or wages
Inability to pay mortgage due to lost hours or wages
Lost housing due to campus closures
Fear of losing access to public transit
What solutions feel like a priority to you?
In an ideal world, how would the community respond to this?
How could an organization like the Workers' Center show up in this moment?
Policy initiative (Emergency paid sick days/state relief for cut workers/ housing bill/ etc...)
Mutual aid (food bank/ home visits)
Media blitz/ mass letter writing campaign centering the needs of poor and working class people
If policy initiative, what do you think is most important at this moment?
If other, tell us more!
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