For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, KristianR@mifamiliavota.org
Trump We Need Solutions To Mend Historic Economic Crisis Facing Latino Communities
The Conditions And Challenges Facing Our Community During the Pandemic Are A Call To Civic Participation in 2020
Washington DC – Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the unemployment rate shot up to 14.7 percent in April, its highest level since the Great Depression. A new Washington Post Ipsos poll underlines the challenges facing the Latino community due to the bungled response of the Trump administration to the Coronavirus pandemic. The poll finds that 20 percent of Hispanic adults have been being laid off or furloughed since the outbreak began and that if this trend continues the Latino Unemployment rate could reach 20 percent.
In response to this historic economic crisis Héctor Sánchez Barba, CEO and Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota released the following statement:
“America is facing a pandemic threat worse than any in modern history. Latinos are on the front lines facing down this crisis, we are essential workers, the economy hasn’t shut down for these workers. They need help, this administration has completely bungled its response to this pandemic, and that failed response is hurting workers. Mi Familia Vota will make sure to continue to educate our community about this failed response and look to 2020 as an opportunity to elect a leader who will find solutions for our community and who embraces our policy priorities. We will also work in our states to ensure that we are helping Latinos make it through this difficult time. ”
- A total of 73,243 U.S. deaths due to Covid-19 and at least 1,222,000 cases have been reported since Feb. 29. This administration must do more to get tests for all Americans.
- U.S. employers shed 20.5 million jobs in April as small businesses struggled to access hundreds of billions that Congress appropriated in an attempt to stem layoffs.
- Hispanics are nearly twice as likely as whites to have lost their jobs amid shutdowns across the country. 20 percent of Hispanic adults have been being laid off or furloughed since the outbreak began, and that if this trend continues the Latino Unemployment rate could reach 20 percent.
- And racial disparities in income and wealth will likely worsen as a result of the economic downturn.
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.