1. Each congregation that is a member of the Spokane Alliance has started to build a Social Solidarity team that will reach out to each member of their congregation, ensuring that we are connected during this time and directing people to resources they might need or ways to help out in the community.
2. We are asking for volunteers to be trained as Spokane Regional Health District Community Health Volunteers to check-in over the phone with patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in their homes. The volunteer will call these community members every day by phone to document worsening symptoms as well as the person's oxygen levels.
All volunteers will be supported by an on-call clinician available by phone 24/7 and will be trained for the role. Volunteers will be asked to be responsible for 10 patients at a time and commit to a week of volunteering minimum. This should be around an hour a day in call time. The goals are to support people with COVID-19 who are at home and reduce some of the burden on the health care system.
the Spokane Alliance is a part of a national network of community organizations like us across the country, the IAF or the Industrial Areas Foundation. We have joined together to ensure that Congress passes an economic stimulus plan that protects workers, families, and small businesses - not another corporate bailout.
As of this morning, the US Senate is deadlocked on a nearly $2 Trillion dollars stimulus plan to address the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. Organizations affiliated with the IAF throughout the country are calling on Congress Monday, March 23d to do the right thing.
Here's what you can do now:
1. Call (and email, tweet, and tag on Facebook) Senators Murray and Cantwell - and Representative McMorris Rodgers - THIS MORNING and urge them to pass a fiscal stimulus bill that adheres to the Core Principles outlined below. The bill is being negotiated for a vote March 23rd or 24th.
Spokane: (509) 624-9515
DC: (202) 224-2621
Spokane: (509) 353-2507
DC: (202) 224-3441
2. Share this urgent call with others by forwarding this message and posting on Facebook and Twitter and get 3 people to join you and also send an email or make a call.
Our Principals for a Bailout
1. Help American Workers and Families Now: Make an immediate payment of $2,000 per person followed by additional monthly payments for as long as the economic crisis persists.
2. Save Jobs and Protect Service Sector Workers: Expand Unemployment Insurance and Paid Sick Leave to cover 90% of wages, for all workers regardless of company size or whether they are contract workers. Provide service distribution workers hazard pay and additional health protections. Offer grants to companies, small businesses, and charitable nonprofits that keep workers on their payroll at 80% of pre-crisis wages. Provide 0% loans and grants to charitable and religious nonprofits under the SBA Disaster Relief program to meet immediate community needs. Create large-scale public works in partnership with the religious and non-profit sectors to provide living wage employments with benefits and vital services for families.
3. Drastically Expand Health Care Coverage for the Most Vulnerable: Provide universal & free COVID-19 tests with extensive community outreach to targeted high risk populations. Increase Medicaid contribution nationwide by 10 percentage points over each participating state's rate, and reinstate the 100% federal contribution for Medicaid expansion.
4. Invest Heavily in Health Care Infrastructure to Support Front Line Workers and Providers: Exercise the full powers under the Defense Production Act to produce health care equipment including test kits, ventilations, N95 respirator masks, protective clothing and hospital beds.
5. Protect our Communities: Suspend all evictions, foreclosures and utility shut-offs for homeowners, renters, religious institutions, and non-profit organizations. Provide free internet, cable, and phone - essential for safety and remote public education. Suspend the public charge rule for the duration of the crisis and ensure that non services utilized during this period apply to any reinstated rule.
6. Avoid the Mistakes of the 2008 Financial Sector Bailouts: Require safeguards and strict accountability that all corporations seeking bailout funds provide, among other provisions, protection of workers' jobs, retirement plans, right to organize, healthcare and paid leave. Prohibit executive pay raises and bonuses with these funds. Require market-rate returns on public dollars invested. For corporations with over 500 employees, limit bailouts only to firms denied private financing.