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Hunger and Racial Justice During Covid-19

Racial justice and economic justice are indelibly linked. According to Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, we can’t have one without the other. As tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and protests for racial equality and against police brutality rock the nation, Berg estimates that over 50 million people in the US are currently struggling against hunger. In this conversation, he explains the intersectional links between food insecurity, racial injustice and Covid-19. Public policy does work, he tells Laura, but “We need to pursue racial justice and civil rights at the same time we pursue economic rights.”

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  • 2020-08-07T19:00:00-07:00
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