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There's no single way to heal the trauma caused by centuries of a systemically racist society. But declaring racism a public health issue is an important step.
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Latinxs are nearly 20 percent of the US population, making them increasingly consequential to the labor market.
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It’s not enough to put “universal” remedies in place and assume the hardest-hit groups will benefit fully.
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Absent new legislation, more than one in five Black and Hispanic people are at risk of being in poverty later this year.
A “redlining” map of Richmond, Virginia, from 1937 produced by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation used to appraise home values and neighborhoods.
To lessen and reverse the pandemic's effects on Black families' income and wealth, consciously consider the persistent effects of the country’s legacy of human trafficking, bondage, and disadvantage. 
Jessica Armijo distributes food and packages of donated goods to people in need outside the Pan Y Cafe in Chelsea, Massachusetts on April 14, 2020.
Tracking which households are most affected could assist policymakers in targeting their efforts and ensuring an equitable recovery for all.
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Communities need to dismantle exclusionary barriers and rebalance spending to invest more equitably across neighborhoods.
Understanding the disproportionate unemployment risk facing Latinx people can inform strategies to help workers hit hardest by the COVID-19 employment crisis.
To help them through the current crisis, immediate efforts to increase access to jobs and prevent unsustainable increases in debt will be particularly beneficial.

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