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Following release of devastating racial disparity numbers, Black leaders and organizations demand bold action from mayor, governor.

CHICAGO—With Black Chicagoans six times more likely to die from Covid-19 than white Chicagoans, Black community leaders will hold a virtual press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday via Zoom to push for comprehensive solutions from Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzker. Drawing on the Right to Recovery package released two weeks ago, their solutions will include ending low-level drug arrests by CPD, opening up vacant CHA units immediately, and temporarily suspending the statewide ban on rent control so that an emergency holiday on rent and mortgage payments is possible. They will also call for legislative sessions to convene so that additional legislation can be passed to ensure a just and equitable recovery.

WHAT: Members of the “Right to Recovery” coalition to hold a virtual press conference outlining the impact to date of COVID-19 on the Black community and the policies needed to mitigate the devastating social and economic impact of the pandemic.

WHO:  Participating Elected Officials (list in formation): State Rep. Kam Buckner, State Rep. Sonya Harper, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, State Sen. Robert Peters, State Rep. Lamont Robinson, Alderwoman Jeanette Taylor, Lakesia Collins (Democratic Nominee, IL-9)

Participating Community Organizations (list in formation): Black Lives Matter Chicago, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, Chicago Teachers Union, United Working Families

WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 9th

WHERE: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5clce2hrz4jMIi3m05QOl0huRdqV5m9gw