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A grim milestone as U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 100,000; and 'housing justice' advocates fear folks who lost their jobs could lose their homes.

2020Talks - May 28, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden condemns recent police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as yet another deadly encounter between police and an unarmed Black man. He did so before a virtual talk with PA Gov. Tom Wolf, ahead of next Tuesday's eight primaries.

Public News Service - NY: Social Justice

The COVID pandemic has raised public awareness of the essential role that undocumented workers play in the U.S. agricultural industry. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Undocumented New York farm workers may be risking their lives and livelihoods during the COVID pandemic, but they get few federal or state protections. On April 8, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala became the first New York farm worker known to die from COVID-19. Emma Kreyche, di

Families and advocates demand testing of all incarcerated people and clemency for those most at risk of COVID-19.  (Walter Hergt/North Star Fund)

NEW YORK -- Formerly incarcerated people and the families and communities of people now in prison held a vigil outside Fishkill Correctional Facility on Friday to demand the release of those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Congregate living quarters and little or no personal protective equipment make

People with disabilities loaded hundreds of pallets of provisions on the USNS Comfort for its trip to New York. (U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- Skyrocketing unemployment in the COVID-19 pandemic poses an even greater threat to a segment of the workforce that historically has faced significant challenges: people with disabilities. Last year, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was about 70%, but it had started to

A one-week delay in reducing jail populations could mean 18,000 lives lost to COVID-19, according to a new report. (Lightfield Studios/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- A new epidemiological model released by the American Civil Liberties Union says unless jail populations are reduced immediately, the COVID-19 pandemic could claim about 100,000 more American lives, doubling current projections. There are almost 740,000 people in American jails where so

Sleeping quarters on a Taiwanese company-owned vessel fishing for tuna in the mid-Atlantic. (Greenpeace)

NEW YORK -- As households try to stock up on shelf-stable foods, a Greenpeace investigation has found potential links between a major brand of tuna, modern slavery and illegal fishing practices. In January, Fong Chun Formosa (FCF), one of the world's top tuna traders, acquired Bumble Bee, the larg

The lack of privacy during stay-at-home orders can make accessing domestic violence services more difficult for the people who need them. (sdecoret/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- While stay-at-home measures appear to be slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, they are also leading to an increase in domestic violence. It's a worldwide phenomenon. Where social distancing keeps people in their homes, reports of domestic violence have surged. In New York City,

Rights advocates say immigrants removed from their families are being put at risk of exposure to COVID-19 in federal detention facilities.  (vivalapenler/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Immigrant rights advocates say New York must restore state funding for a successful program that provides lawyers for immigrants facing deportation. Established in 2017, the Liberty Defense Project is a public-private program providing assistance in obtaining access to legal services

Young black and Hispanic children are missed by the census at twice the rate of white children. (Monkey Business/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Children under five are the largest age group to be missed in the U.S. Census, so children's advocates are making concerted efforts to increase participation this year. The census is supposed to count every person of any age living in the United States. The data not only determines con

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