500 signatures reached
To: U.S. Congress
Provide Emergency Money To People
Families are feeling the ripple effects of an economy in turmoil because of COVID-19 – lost jobs, lost contracts, and lost business. Americans living paycheck to paycheck already cannot endure an emergency expense, much less the shock of a pandemic. Congress should pass a plan that would provide Emergency Money to the People -- sending an immediate check and ongoing payments until the economic crisis is over.
Why is this important?
We are in a health crisis and entering an economic crisis. During the Great Recession, leaders focused primarily on financial relief for big businesses and banks, causing communities of color and working-class people to lose massive amounts of wealth – forever.
We must learn from this previous mistake, and provide consistent financial support for families that were already living paycheck to paycheck. We need to send Emergency Money to the People right away, and provide ongoing support.
NBA stars, business owners, and concerned citizens on Twitter are sending people cash to cover lost wages and emergency supplies. The government should bolster what Americans already know to be correct – that cash allows people to solve problems for themselves, quickly.