Take Action: What a Progressive Response to COVID-19 Looks Like
We have a public health crisis on our hands. Every day, the number of those infected by the new coronavirus COVID-19 rises.
We have an economic crisis on our hands. Workers risk going weeks, if not months, without a paycheck as businesses temporarily close.
We have a democratic crisis on our hands. We need to make sure that we can still hold free and fair elections while adhering to strict public health guidelines around social distancing and sanitization.
And these are compounding crises we were ALREADY facing, such as an inequality crisis that ripples across all aspects of society.
It's time for our Legislature to take action
✅Passing HD.4935 (Connolly-Honan): An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures During the COVID19 Emergency because, in a state of emergency in which people are being asked to stay at home, people need to have homes. Evictions and foreclosures exacerbate our public health crisis and strain our already weak safety net.
✅Passing HD.4945(Gouveia): An Act providing for emergency cash assistance in response to COVID-19, which would send a check of $1,000 to qualifying Massachusetts households to mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic and the looming economic downtown
✅Passing HD.4958 (Mark/Sabadosa): An Act relative to COVID-19 emergency unemployment expansion, which would ensure that independent contractors, sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, freelance, and tipped employees are eligible for unemployment benefits and that COVID-19 emergency assistance does not make any worker ineligible for receiving any existing state benefits
✅Passing Emergency Paid Sick Time legislation that guarantees all workers at least fifteen additional work-days (120 hours) of job-protected paid sick time for immediate use during the COVID-19 outbreak or any future public health emergency because no worker should be forced to choose between their health and their economic security
✅Passing legislation to expand options to Vote by Mail (such as HD.4957 -- Mark/Sabadosa), so that no voter is forced to choose between their health and their right to participate in our democracy
✅Providing the necessary funding to ensure that our response does not leave vulnerable communities behind, such as our immigrant population or our homeless population.