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Resolution

Racial, Economic and Health Equity or COVID-19 Response

WHEREAS, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is one of the worst pandemics in global history and has brought the world to a screeching standstill, killing hundreds of thousands and infecting millions more; and

 WHEREAS, The United States has been especially ravaged by the deadly coronavirus pandemic and has been the leading nation in the escalating number of global cases and fatalities; disproportionately impacting low-wage earning, African-Americans, Latinx and Indigenous and incarcerated populations; and

WHEREAS, The Trump Administration has vehemently refused to appropriately address health, economic, environmental and racial disparities of COVID-19; and

 WHEREAS, The most impacted and vulnerable populations have been relegated to contend with a wide range of disparities - ranging from and including, but not limited to: restrictions and discriminatory acts in application for services, housing, unemployment benefits, paid sick and/or family and medical leave to care for family members, access to coronavirus testing and care, small business loans, lack of personal protection equipment (PPE), quarantines, lockdowns, and travel bans.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) calls upon all federal, state and local governmental entities to take immediate action to initiate and implement COVID-19 policies to eliminate any and all racial, ethnic, gender, origin, age, religion, ability or sexual preference discrimination and ensure that the most disproportionately impacted communities are afforded equitable treatment and provided access to affordable testing, preventive healthcare, economic recovery, emergency loans, loan forgiveness, housing assistance, proper nutrition, educational stability, job security and paid medical and family leave; and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the NAACP urge the United States Congress to provide targeted, increased stimulus funding to the most disproportionately impacted, hard hit communities of color to ensure an equitable and just recovery; and

 BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, That the NAACP appeals to medical providers to ensure, equitable, scientifically sound and quality diagnostic, preventive and post medical care be administered ethically and culturally appropriate.

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