We rose together to meet the threat of Covid-19. And together we can rise to overcome the inequality it revealed.
The pandemic visited the poor and the marginalized with oversized consequences, and threw a powerful spotlight on the inequalities and fragilities built into our systems. Those same inequalities make the oppressed and marginalized more vulnerable to disaster, whether it be rapid like Covid-19 or slower, like climate change or the cancer clusters around plastic refineries.
For too many people, there exists no safety net – whether it’s savings to protect them from job loss, health care they can afford, access to the protections enjoyed by the privileged, or the expectation of equal protection under the law. The pandemic invited us to measure every life equally, and then revealed how profoundly — and systemically — we fail to do so.
We stand in the midst of a great opportunity. A time where we must take leadership from the most impacted, listen deeply, and collectively begin the great work of building communities and societies that are made by all — for all — leaving nobody behind. Because as Emma Lazurus so eloquently put it, “Until we are all free, we are none of us free.”
When did you last change your mind about something after learning new information, and how did it make you feel when you did?
After the Titanic sank, killing more than 1,500 people, the rules changed to require life rafts and lifeboats for all passengers. What ideas do you have for how we can emerge from these times more joyful, resilient and more closely connected than ever before?
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We rose together to meet the threat of Covid-19. And together we can rise to overcome the inequality it revealed. Because as Emma Lazurus so eloquently put it, "Until we are all free, we are none of us free." #TogetherWeRise #BuildBackBetter #NewNormal pic.twitter.com/tjvy0sD6W2
— WeWereMadeForTheseTimes (@WeWereMade4) June 12, 2020