Dear friend,

As 2020 FINALLY winds to a close, we have much to be grateful for.

A vaccine is on its way and every day, we are one step closer to dumping Trump and ushering in a saner and stronger administration in the Biden/Harris team

But, as they say, there is no rest for the weary.  We've got more work to do.

First, we can help elect the first Black Senator from Georgia! Second, we can continue to pressure Congress to get off its ass and pass more coronavirus relief

This week, I hope you continue to celebrate all that we have achieved, pray, and continue to push forward.  We're almost at the next finish line.

In love and solidarity,

Jocelyn

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Jessica Fulton, vice president at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank. Founded in 1970 and concerned about the future of African American communities, the Joint Center became the policy hub of government officials and public intellectuals such as Maynard Jackson, Shirley Chisholm, John Hope Franklin, Mary Frances Berry, and William Julius Wilson.

Fulton engages in research and analysis to identify policies that advance the socioeconomic status of the Black community and also manages the Joint Center’s Policy Incubator. 

Check her out!

BlackHer Fact

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Black workers.  According to a new report from the Joint Center, 15.4 percent of Black workers were unemployed in June up from 5.8 percent in February.

Congress must respond if we are going to get back on track.  Download Pandemic Relief Priorities for Black Communities to learn more.

Guaranteed Income

Guaranteed income is a policy idea whose time has come and one of the 3Gs that we wrote about in The Black Woman's Guide to the COVID-19 Economy.

A guaranteed income provides an income floor for all of us who need it, is not contingent on work, and supplements income from wages for those who are employed.  

Mayors for Guaranteed Income recently received a $3M grant to pilot guaranteed income in 15 cities

Learn more about this powerful income-building tool and sign this petition from Color of Change. 

Because #BlackMediaMatters

Changing our economic and political outcomes also means changing how we talk and think about Black people and that's a job for the media.  That's why I was so happy to see this new U.S. Black Media Map created by the Center for Community Media.

Check out their list of nearly 300 Black-owned magazines, newspapers, online dailies, radio and tv stations. 

Diversifying Dietetics

Staying healthy is always important but especially now as we head into Winter and this last gasp of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, “The demographic profile of [nutrition] practitioners is essentially unchanged since 2007.”— Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017 Compensation and Benefits Survey. 

Shout out then to Diversify Dietetics!  Their mission is to increase the racial and ethnic diversity in the field of nutrition by empowering nutrition leaders of color.

Check them out!

Need Inspiration?

BlackHer Shero Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project, is being hailed as one of the chief architects of turning Georgia blue.  She's also just a really kind person.

Check her out in this new podcast by Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White, one of my favorite books!

In love and solidarity,

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