We are a group of organizers whose work addresses a variety of issues, and we recognize that there is no organizing community or area of our work that will not be touched by this crisis. We hope this list of demands will serve as a tool for organizers and activists who are crafting their own responses to COVID-19.
The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate — it can infect anyone. However, when an indiscriminate virus is unleashed in a country where racially unjust systems have long decided who lives, who dies, who thrives and who just gets by, the impact is anything but equal.
Racism is inherently intersectional – often intertwined with other systems of oppression, such as classism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia, xenophobia and discrimination based on immigrant status, ageism and ableism. Conversely, racial justice is critical to social justice and benefits everyone.