The Political Toll of COVID-19

Posted on April 04, 2020 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

The COVID-19 crisis is taking a human and economic toll everywhere across the U.S. An additional casualty may be what it does to our political parties and our electoral processes, which were already struggling in a weakened state and may not survive the onslaught of this crisis.

Take, for example, the news that the Democratic Party decided to move their national convention from mid-July to mid-August because of concerns with COVID-19. Since the danger of contagion will not have passed by then and it still won’t be safe to bring tens of thousands together...

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Arab American Community Call in Time of COVID-19

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 31, 2020 in Blog

This is a critical year for our democracy, with both the 2020 Census and Presidential Election, decisions we all make will impact our community and country for generations to come. Yet with the COVID-19 pandemic among us, we are adapting to how we carry out our civic engagement work, and community members can too. (Suffice it to say, COVID-19 has impacted everything.)

Join us on Census Day, Wednesday, April 1, at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT for a Community Call on Civic...

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Kais Saied’s First Big Test

Posted by Ali Qutmiera on March 30, 2020 in Blog
"COVID-19 is first and foremost a human tragedy. It has dramatically impacted the lives of millions of people across the globe. Its long-term implications have yet to be seen, but the #pandemic has certainly reshaped social norms in an alarming magnitude. In the case of #Tunisia, where #coronavirus cases have increased by 50 percent in the past week alone, the #COVID-19 pandemic will prove to be the first major test for its newly elected president, #KaisSaied." Photo credit: CONSOMED/AFP
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Dread and the Pandemic

Posted on March 28, 2020 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

We are, all of us, living in the early stages of the global Coronavirus pandemic – the long-term impact of which, though uncertain, rightly fills us with dread. Even now, we can see that our lives are already changing – and not for the better.

In addition to the ever rising illness and death tolls, hundreds of millions have lost their sources of income, billions are either living under mandated lock-downs or are self-quarantined, and, even at this early date, the estimated losses to economies worldwide is upwards of seven trillion dollars.

Here in...

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COVID-19 Has Impacted Everything

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on March 23, 2020 in Blog

COVID-19 has impacted everyone, as we have all been inundated with tragedies, statistics, advisories, updates, and new government measures to fight the virus. Congress has moved at lightning speed to address the epidemic. In total, since Feb. 28, 40 pieces of legislation focusing on COVID-19 have been introduced. And while more relief is in negotiation, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act have already been passed, the latter of which is a 43-page law that was introduced in the House on March 11 and signed into law...

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The Novel Coronavirus is Not an Excuse for Bigotry

Posted by Arab American Institute on March 13, 2020 in Blog

As concerns rise over the global pandemic COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus, so too have racist attacks and discrimination against individuals of Asian descent. Such attacks have occurred around the globe – in public transit, schools, businesses, and even on sidewalks – individuals of Asian descent are being targeted by violence and increased discrimination over an incorrect and bigoted assumption that someone with Asian heritage is likely to carry COVID-19. Indeed, even the Centers for Disease Control released information on stigma and resilience related to...

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