COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

Op-Ed (Virginia)

COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Gaps in Our Social Safety Net

March 19, 2020 | Angela Ciolfi | Virginia Mercury
Poverty is not caused by poor people; it’s caused by system failure, discrimination and intentional exploitation. And our response to COVID-19 proves that it does not have to be this way. Together, we can create systems built to ensure that low-income communities and communities of color do not repeatedly bear the brunt of acts of nature like the coronavirus, or the human-made acts of inequitable laws and policies. We can make systems that work for low-income communities and communities of color all the time, not just during a crisis.
Tags: CoronaVirus | COVID-19 | Debt Collection | Education | Employment | Housing: Eviction | Immigration

New York City legal aid lawyers seek to stop ICE arrests at courthouses

News Story (New York)

New York City legal aid lawyers seek to stop ICE arrests at courthouses

February 12, 2020 | Todd Maisel | amNewYork
Lawyers representing undocumented immigrants fought in Federal Court Wednesday afternoon to stop Immigration’s Customs and Enforcement officers, (ICE), from making arrests at courthouses that they say is interfering with court cases both here and in other states.
Tags: ICE Raids | Immigration