Addressing Racial Disproportionality in the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center is urging U.S. lawmakers to do more to address structural racism in the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the Coronavirus relief package as well as federal coronavirus relief efforts taking a colorblind approach, failing to acknowledge and adequately address the disproportionate impact the coronavirus has had on the Black community.
The Contradiction of Colorblind COVID-19 Relief: Black America in the Age of Pandemic
Student interns collaborated with the center to finish two reports during this year. We partnered with Law4BlackLives and The Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Policy Program to complete a white paper called The Contradiction of Colorblind COVID-19 Relief: Black America in the Age of Pandemic. The report focuses on Health, Economics, Domestic violence, Policing, and Mass Incarceration.
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Summer Systems Institute
The Summer Systems Institute, a first of its kind fellowship, brought hundreds of law students together with more than 50 legal organizations to assist the communities most devastated by the COVID-19 public-health crisis. We would like to give a very special thank you to all of the students, volunteers and organizers who responded to the needs of our communities with a talented cohort of summer fellows. Over 100 law students joined the Institute as full-time People’s Justice Fellows, and provided support to our work and the work of legal organizations from around the country. In the Institute, programming aimed at helping to build the next generation of social justice-oriented lawyers. Our cohort included students not only from Howard Law, but also from prestigious law schools across the United States. In addition to their full time work, students participated in trainings and workshops sponsored by Harvard law school students, staff, and faculty.