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Spotlight will continue to provide regular updates regarding COVID-19 and its impact on low-income communities. Check back to this page regularly to see Spotlights’ latest original content around the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a curation of the latest news and resources from around the web. And to adequately cover the current crises, we are augmenting our regular Wednesday newsletter with additional COVID-19 briefing e-mails on Monday and Friday. Be sure to sign up in the box below if you haven’t already.

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COVID-19 Events, Webinars & Podcasts


Critical Value Podcast – Urban Institute


May 21 – US Food Security in Challenging Times, Aspen Institute

May 22 – Home Health Workers and COVID-10, New America

Previous Events

COVID and Black Workers, New America

Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, Brookings

How Worker Ownership Can Boost Job Quality and Build Resilience, Aspen Institute

Fighting an economic calamity and lessons for the future, AEI

Unlocking the potential of America’s cities, AEI

The Role of Health Philanthropy, Urban Institute

The Impact of COVID-19 on Prisons, Brookings

Don’t Forget People Living in Pain, CATO Institute

The Change Within: New Ways of Living?, Aspen Institute

Subsidizing Jobs for Economic Recovery – Urban Institute

Who Gets Access to Public Space in a Pandemic? – Brookings

COVID-19: A food supply crisis or a hunger crisis? – American Enterprise Institute

U.S. Poverty Campaigns with Sen. Sherrod Brown – RESULTS

COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Black Communities: Coronavirus and the Deep South – Oxfam

Race, Economy, and COVID-19: A Book Talk with Eduardo Porter – Aspen Institute

COVID-19 & Health Equity – American Public Health Association

Learning from History About Disaster and Economic Inequality – Grand Challenges for Social Work

Engaging Immigrant Communities Now – New America

“Who Is Caring For Us?” Town Hall – Caring Across Generations

#Disconnected: COVID-19 & The Digital Divide – Aspen Institute

Helping America’s Kids – Washington Post Live

COVID-19 News

What weekly unemployment claims reveal about the local impacts of the COVID-19 recession

“Over the past two months, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated large swaths of the U.S. labor market, with more than 36 million American workers filing claims for unemployment insurance. Just last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the national…

The coronavirus exposed the pre-existing inequality of the American economy. Until there’s pay equity, we’re all vulnerable

“Going into the year 2020, would you have characterized the American economy as strong? If so, you’re certainly not alone. On the latest episode of “Pitchfork Economics,” Heather Boushey, president of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, said most Americans in…

COVID-19 Spotlight Exclusives

Additional Resources from Spotlight

Coronavirus Relief Bill: What Congress Left Out