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The Trump administration’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak, racial attacks reported by the Asian-American community, and the disproportionate high mortality rates of Black people across the nation demand our attention in addressing the structural racist roots of this harm in order to be able to move toward solutions. 

Please join us on Friday, May 8th for a new webinar: #RaceAnd Pandemics: COVID-19 and Global Diseases Through a Structural Lens.

Early regional and national data indicates that Black, Latinx, and Native communities are being hit hardest by the ongoing global pandemic. The racialization of COVID-19 is representative of the ways systemic and structural racism have historically affected these communities, and as a result, continue to show up during this perilous moment.

The #RaceAnd Pandemics webinar will use a systemic racial analysis to examine the structural roots of the racialization of global diseases. We’ll take a look at: 

  • The interconnected policies, practices, institutions, culture, and ideologies that disenfranchise Black and Brown people. 
  • How the racialization of diseases advances systemic racial inequalities that causes lasting harm to generations of Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color and their communities.

Our goal is for participants to bring this understanding back to their institutions, organizations, and communities as a tool to shift the conversation on structural racism from individual to systemic, as we work to find long-term solutions in the time of COVID-19, and beyond. 

Join us on May 8th, because it’s never race alone. It’s always #RaceAnd

P.S. For an even deeper training on sharpening your skills and strategies to address structural racism and advance racial equity, we’ve added new dates for our virtual Building Racial Equity trainings for the month of May. To register, click one of the dates below:

Check out our latest below!

People's Bailout

This May Day, Let's Unite for a People's Bailout

Take action on May 1st

Since the onset of COVID-19, Race Forward has worked to join our partners in various actions and sign-ons, and demands in response to the disparate impact of the Coronavirus on communities of color. This Friday, May 1st, we are coming together in solidarity to demand a #PeoplesBailout.

May Day is an international day of action historically led by immigrants and workers to demonstrate strength and solidarity. What binds us together as people is stronger than what separates us and divides us. We must come together to stand in solidarity with those who are hardest hit at this moment.  


  • Join the #PeoplesBailout Live Stream Rally at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Be ready to make some noise!

  • Make a sign or poster and hang it outside your window! Let your neighbors know what a #PeoplesBailout means to you.   

  • Share a picture or video of you and your family talking about what you want to see from a #PeoplesBailout. Don't forget to include the hashtag and demand action by tagging your representative.

Want to brush up on some May Day history, labor movement art, and analysis before the action? Visit Colorlines Labor Archive and May Day archive.


Reporting on Jails and Incarceration during COVID-19

Read and share Colorlines coverage

From the beginnings of the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak in March, our Colorlines team’s reporting immediately began focusing on jails and incarcerated populations. As the pandemic has unfolded, so has an emerging health and humanitarian crisis in facilities across the country. We’ve compiled a list of some of our recent reporting, which has important implications on trying to curb the overall spread of the disease. 

Subscribe to Colorlines’ weekly newsletter to receive our most up to date Coronavirus reporting, and please share our articles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Staff Picks

Credit: Goodreads

During these trying times, it's important to share the small things that keep us going. In this edition, we hear from GARE Gulf/Delta Regional Manager, Juan Serrano

I’m reading “The Yellow House” by Sarah Broom and it has definitely been a great source of energy and inspiration for me lately. It’s a powerful memoir that brings readers into 100 years of family and New Orleans history, revealing countless gems of wisdom throughout its twists and turns. I see myself, my family, and my future in its pages and highly recommend it to anyone interested in creative placemaking.” 

What are you listening to, watching, reading and learning? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.

In solidarity,

Team Race Forward




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