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Aug 3rd, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Virtual Event: COVID-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery


Chicago, IL

Virtual Event: COVID-19 Equitable Relief & Recovery

While no community has been spared by the current public health crisis, COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the physical and economic well-being of African-American and Latino communities in America's cities. The Urban America Forward: Equitable Relief & Recovery webinar series highlights partners and practices in eight U.S. cities that prioritize racial equity in COVID-19 relief and response. Speakers will discuss the work of equitable relief, lessons learned, and models for collaboration with leaders from Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Washington D.C.

Please join Urban Forward America, New America, and National Urban League on August 3 from 1:00 - 2:30pm EST for the first webinar in this series: “How Practitioners are Preventing COVID-19 from Expanding the Racial Wealth Gap.” One of the greatest challenges of the pandemic is ensuring basic economic stability while also preserving opportunities for business and home ownership. The current policy climate challenges cities to respond to emergency needs while designing longer term reforms to create a more inclusive economy. The panel will discuss small business supports (including recent experience with The Paycheck Protection Program); equitable lending programs; financial support for low-income and essential workers; and forecasts for federal action.

Confirmed Speakers Include:
Marc Morial, President and CEO - National Urban League
Helene Gayle, CEO - The Chicago Community Trust
K. Sabeel Rahman, President - Demos

Launched in 2015 by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, the Urban America Forward program convenes non-profit, private, public and philanthropic sector leaders, as well as urban researchers and social scientists who are committed to furthering equity in urban America. 

New America Local is a geographically distributed team at New America, created in 2015 to work with local communities on issues of racial and economic equity. We build better feedback loops between lived experience and policy design, providing a national platform for local problem solvers.

The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement and New America Indianapolis are honored to host this important and timely conversation with the generous support of our partners: