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Hello Teen Resisters,
Thanks for sticking with us in this strange time-- we know it took us a little while. Our team is made up of teens and just like all of you, we've had a lot of adjusting to do with online school, etc. But now we're back. We figured that you're probably getting enough news all the time, and because things are so fast-paced, so we are leaning into the "list" structure and providing you with some resources.
You'll see that this list is sectioned into a few different mini-lists: resources for information, donations, financial support, political resources, etc. We will continue with our regular list coverage throughout the pandemic on a biweekly schedule. We will also probably be doing some workshops on Instagram Live (@teensresist) since we can't do in-person workshops.
Also- take the census, please! Tell your loved ones as well.
We are sending you all our love and support in this weird, confusing, disturbing period of time. Stay inside, stay distanced, and stay safe.
Peace, power, and health,
RESOURCE MASTER LIST
HOW TO STAY UPDATED (IN A MANAGEABLE WAY)
If there’s an abundance of anything right now in relation to COVID-19, it’s advice and information from all corners of the Internet. It’s really easy to get overwhelmed and end up feeling helpless — like just allowing yourself to stay in the dark about what’s going on is easier than trying to balance everything that’s happening. We’ve compiled a list of a few targeted sources that provide reliable, comprehensive, and often bite-sized information; hopefully, they will help you stay updated (if that’s what you want to do!).
Where not to get information
PLACES TO DONATE TO
We’ve listed, linked, and identified the focus of some aid programs below. Keep in mind that we’re also only scraping the surface — there are too many organizations doing phenomenal work to count. We also recognize that donating is not realistic for everyone! Do what you can and only that.
Local, more generally:
NYC in particular (just a few — there are so many!):
For more detailed info, go here (NYT) and here (Charity Navigator).
PLACES TO GO FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
This document, compiled by Sonia Chajet Wides & Anya Shvarts for community members in Brooklyn, NY, is an excellent database to check out if you or someone you know (from a veteran to an older relative to a small business owner to a restaurant worker) needs financial assistance. For 22 organizations/programs, it provides the name, who is eligible, a link to information, and any additional caveats.
Adding one more to that list, Financial Assistance For Single Mothers helps financially struggling single mothers with finding grants and government assistance programs, free of cost.
Legislative Explainer & Action
In addition to the massive impacts coronavirus is having on public health across the country, the epidemic is also inflicting severe blows on the American economy. Across the country, jobs have been deemed non-essential and people have been encouraged to stay home in the interest of containing spread; 3.3 million workers filed for unemployment benefits last week, with economists deeming the economy’s current recession one of the most severe in American history. Low-income families and individuals are especially susceptible to both the virus and this economic nose-dive, and are especially in need of economic aid.
On Friday, March 27th, in the interest of providing some of this economic relief, Congress passed (and Trump signed into law) the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT), a 2 trillion dollar federal measure aimed at providing relief to American individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The bill came after acute partisan in-fighting over whether the bill should be written in support of businesses or workers, with Democrats blocking a pro-business bill with little federal oversight from passing on Thursday. The CARES ACT is 880 pages long. Teens Resist is here with a brief breakdown of everything important about the bill, and everything you can do to make it better.
The CARES ACT, explained:
How can I improve the CARES ACT?
Separately, Congress also recently passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights (FFCRA), which extends Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act to provide that certain employers provide workers who are unable to work due to a quarantine order, a health care provider order, having coronavirus, or caring for a relative with coronavirus or a child whose school/place of care has been shut down.
How can I improve the FFCRA?
More things to stay active:
- This excellent email from Coalition Z
- Advocate for rent suspension-- it's the humane thing to do
- Advocate to not cut education budgets right now
- Sign up for The Broad Room's email list-- they send out great comprehensive updates
QUARANTINE TO-DO LIST
With COVID-19 rampaging our country, and the circumstances only growing more and more dangerous, now is more important than ever that we take part in self-isolation. But we all know that spending extended periods of time inside can get dull pretty fast, so we’ve put together 10 ideas of things you can do to pass the time!
These lists include featured organizations, scripts, numbers, news updates and inspirational activists.