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By early October, America had lost about 2.5 million years of life. By early December, that estimate was likely to be ab...
01/12/2021
4 Numbers That Make the Pandemic’s Massive Death Toll Sink In

By early October, America had lost about 2.5 million years of life. By early December, that estimate was likely to be about 4.5 million years.

Approximately 3.1 million Americans have lost a close relative to #COVID.

It’s difficult to fully comprehend the magnitude of 350,000 deaths. Other metrics can be more illuminating.

Some discouraging recent news on the long-term impacts of #COVID and how it can impact the brain and lead to neurologica...
01/12/2021
How COVID-19 Attacks The Brain And May Cause Lasting Damage

Some discouraging recent news on the long-term impacts of #COVID and how it can impact the brain and lead to neurological complications, including the possible increased risk of Alzheimer’s.

Latinos, who have the highest rate of infection and labor-force participation, lowest rate of health insurance and participation in publicly funded social safety net programs, and the 2nd largest consumer spending power, will be differentially hurt by these long-term consequences.

Federal, state, and local officials must plan for how those with long-term negative health issues will be cared for, who will pay for it, and how the housing and nutrition security of these patients and their families can be guaranteed.

Severe cases of COVID-19 can injure the brain in ways that affect memory, thinking and mood for months after the infection is gone, new research hints. It may even raise the risk of Alzheimer's.

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01/12/2021

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01/12/2021
www.latinopolicyforum.org

The cumulative-case rate per 100,000 in Illinois as of December 31st illustrates the disproportionate impact #COVID has had, and continues to have, on the #Latino community.https://www.latinopolicyforum.org/publications/reports/document/Forum-COVID-slides-December-31.pdf

The job losses and unemployment numbers continue to paint a bleak picture. In December, US employers cut 140,000 jobs. A...
01/08/2021
In 2020, women gained back less than half the jobs they lost at the worst of the pandemic

The job losses and unemployment numbers continue to paint a bleak picture. In December, US employers cut 140,000 jobs. As expected, it is the Latino community -- and Latinas specifically -- that have been hit hardest.

For the first time, jobs held by women disappeared at a faster rate than did jobs held by men. As of today, only 44.6 percent of jobs lost by women between February and April 2020 have returned. For Latinas, the unemployment rate went from 8.2 to 9.1 percent between November and December 2020.

Women have still only regained 44.6 percent of the 12.1 million jobs they lost between February and April.

"Para estados como el de Illinois, proporcionar a estos trabajadores y a sus familias un mínimo de ayuda económica les b...
01/08/2021
Ayudar económicamente a indocumentados durante la pandemia es lo correcto | La Raza

"Para estados como el de Illinois, proporcionar a estos trabajadores y a sus familias un mínimo de ayuda económica les beneficia no sólo a ellos sino al estado y al país en su conjunto.

Los trabajadores indocumentados son un activo tanto para la economía como para el mercado de trabajo, pese a que la mayoría percibe salarios bajos. Su contribución a las arcas públicas y al gasto público es enorme. Asimismo, hay aproximadamente cinco millones de inmigrantes indocumentados, o lo que es lo mismo casi tres de cada cuatro, que han sido considerados trabajadores esenciales durante la COVID."

--Noreen Sugrue, Directora de Investigación de Latino Policy Forum

Los trabajadores indocumentados son un activo tanto para la economía como para el mercado de trabajo

12/28/2020
Chicago Mayor's Office

Chicago Mayor's Office

WATCH LIVE: Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Allison Arwady will provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in Chicago. #ProtectChicago

The new COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress was desperately needed and is more inclusive than the CARES Act, but sti...
12/23/2020
Stimulus Bill is a Step Forward that Still Fails Immigrant Families

The new COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress was desperately needed and is more inclusive than the CARES Act, but still fails American children who are suffering the most.

The Latino Policy Forum is the only organization in the Chicago area that facilitates the involvement of Latinos at all levels of public decision-making.

Forum Director of Research Noreen Sugrue provides regular updates on the implications of the latest COVID-19 health data...
12/23/2020
COVID Check-In: Why We Need More Outreach to Working-Age Latinos

Forum Director of Research Noreen Sugrue provides regular updates on the implications of the latest COVID-19 health data. This week, she analyzes the gap in outreach to Latinos in Illinois, and especially to those in the working-age range, which are experiencing astounding death rates.

The Latino Policy Forum is the only organization in the Chicago area that facilitates the involvement of Latinos at all levels of public decision-making.

12/22/2020
La Raza Chicago

La Raza Chicago

Un concierto especial para celebrar el 50 aniversario del periódico La Raza de Chicago #Navidad #MexicoColonial #Laud #Lute La Raza Chicago
Manuel Mejía (laúd) y Nadia Ortega (soprano) interpretan villancicos navideños de México y Europa de los siglos XVI y XVII
Visita. www.youtube.com/c/LaRazaChicago y www.facebook.com/LaRazaChicago
Entrada gratis. Tu donación apoya el trabajo periodístico de La Raza.
Dona en: laraza-navidad2020.eventbrite.com

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12/21/2020

Photos from Latino Policy Forum's post

Congressman Chuy García
12/20/2020

Congressman Chuy García

Chicago Public Schools will be closed for winter break, but meals will still be available. Starting tomorrow CPS will serve 4-day meal kits for Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30.

To find the site closest to you and exact times for pick-up, click the link below 👇

https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/mealdistributionsites/

Call and urge your federal elected officials to push to include undocumented workers and mixed-status families in the CO...
12/18/2020

Call and urge your federal elected officials to push to include undocumented workers and mixed-status families in the COVID-19 federal relief bill!

Look up your elected officials here: shorturl.at/qsyEZ

12/17/2020
WTTW - Chicago PBS

WTTW - Chicago PBS

The uneasy history between Chicago’s Black and Brown communities. Fighting the stigma of food insecurity. The origins of La Guadalupana. And the Latino takeover at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on December 11 set to go into effec...
12/16/2020
Trump administration finalizes sweeping asylum limits

The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on December 11 set to go into effect on Jan 11, 2021, gutting the asylum system and placing tremendous barriers to many individuals seeking humanitarian protections in the United States.

The Trump administration has finalized a regulation that would place more limits on migrants seeking refuge in the United States, the latest in a series of rules that make it exceedingly difficult to claim asylum in the US and serving as yet another example of the challenges an incoming Biden admini...

"At Saucedo Elementary in Little Village, Olga Contreras is fighting back against palpable learning loss — one day and o...
12/14/2020
One Chicago Classroom Tries To Recover What The Pandemic Has Stolen Away

"At Saucedo Elementary in Little Village, Olga Contreras is fighting back against palpable learning loss — one day and one student at a time."

At Saucedo Elementary in Little Village, Olga Contreras is fighting back against palpable learning loss — one day and one student at a time.

The Cook County Early Resolution Program (ERP) provides free legal assistance, counseling, pre-court mediation and case ...
12/11/2020

The Cook County Early Resolution Program (ERP) provides free legal assistance, counseling, pre-court mediation and case management for residents and landlords dealing with evictions or delinquent property taxes, and creditors and debtors with issues related to consumer debt. Visit www.cookcountylegalaid.org or call (855) 956-5763 to find out more information and get help.

El Programa de Resolución Temprana (ERP) ofrece ayuda legal gratuita, servicios de mediación y conexiones con otros recursos para todos los inquilinos y dueños/propietarios del Condado de Cook. Para obtener más información, llame al 855-956-5763 o visite www.cookcountylegalaid.org

Parents and families are feeling the pressure of providing more home care for loved ones. Caregiving has large financial...
12/08/2020

Parents and families are feeling the pressure of providing more home care for loved ones. Caregiving has large financial and emotional costs. Learn more at the Care for Caregiving Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, December 10th at 11am CST.

The panel will include Krystal, a caregiver both on the clock and off; US Senator Dick Durbin, State Senator Ram Villivalam, Abe Scarr of IllinoisPIRG, an Dianne Munevar of NORC. The event will be moderated by Dr. Helene Gayle of the Chicago Community Trust.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unpaid-caregiving-virtual-town-hall-tickets-131060795367

Photos from Latino Policy Forum's post
12/08/2020

Photos from Latino Policy Forum's post

12/07/2020
National Immigration Law Center

Going on now!

On Friday, the judge in our DACA class-action lawsuit ordered the Trump administration to restore the program to its original 2012 form.

Join our webinar now with NILC, United We Dream, and Yale Law School to learn what this all means.

Para interpretación al Español, por favor de llamar al: (844) 844-9200
Y entre el codigo: 472681#

Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services
12/07/2020
Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services

Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services

The selection of Mr. Becerra, the California attorney general, is a surprise. If confirmed, he will face a daunting challenge in leading the department at a critical moment in the pandemic.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announces extension for COVID-19 relief cash assistance program The COVID-1...
12/07/2020
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announces extension for COVID-19 relief cash assistance program | WATCH LIVE

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announces extension for COVID-19 relief cash assistance program

The COVID-19 Resident Cash Assistance Program will be reopened and the application period starts today until December 11. Those who applied in October do not need to submit another application.

In order to apply for the program last October, the following was required for applicants:
-Proof that you are a resident of suburban Cook County.
-One form of government issued identification.
-Proof of your COVID-19 hardship due to unpaid leave, care for vulnerable or infected relatives, or loss of wages due to business or school closures.

For more information on the cash assistance program and other relief programs from Cook County, visit www.cookcountyil.gov/recovery.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the reopening of the COVID-19 Resident Cash Assistance Program Monday.

12/07/2020
www.cdc.gov

The CDC conducted a study on implementing mitigation procedures to stem the spread of COVID in early learning environments. Conducted in a geographically diverse set of Head Start programs, it shows that mitigation procedures appear to be highly correlated with lower infection spread.

The study mentions the costs and staff time necessary to fully and appropriately implement these mitigation strategies. For centers and programs serving well-to-do communities and clients, these costs can be passed on to parents or shared between them and the learning centers. For programs serving lower income and/or at-risk populations, a significant allocation of public dollars to these centers is necessary to ensure that all children, teachers, and families, regardless of economic circumstances, are equally protected.

This week’s Covid-19 testing sites.
12/07/2020

This week’s Covid-19 testing sites.

Jesús "Chuy" García
12/03/2020

Jesús "Chuy" García

The process of redistricting is an opportunity to empower our communities. Nearly 30 years later, the 4th congressional district is still the only Latino congressional district in the entire Midwest! I stand by Illinois’ current system as it presents us with greater autonomy in creating a racially inclusive redistricting process.

Thank you to the Latino Policy Forum
for inviting me to this timely panel!

The Forum's Roberto Valdez Jr. joins a WTTW - Chicago PBS panel to discuss how Latinos impacted the election, and how th...
12/02/2020
‘Latino Voices’ Community Conversation: Election 2020

The Forum's Roberto Valdez Jr. joins a WTTW - Chicago PBS panel to discuss how Latinos impacted the election, and how the election will impact Latinos.

It’s been four weeks since the polls closed, but the impact of the election is still unfolding. Check out our virtual discussion about the 2020 general election with Hugo Balta, host of “Latino Voices,” and a panel of guests.

Healthcare coverage available for low-income immigrant senior citizens regardless of immigration status starting today! ...
12/01/2020

Healthcare coverage available for low-income immigrant senior citizens regardless of immigration status starting today! See post below for more information about how to apply.

***REMINDER***The Forum will be hosting a conversation on redistricting tomorrow Wed. Dec. 2nd from 2-3:30 PM. We hope y...
12/01/2020

***REMINDER***

The Forum will be hosting a conversation on redistricting tomorrow Wed. Dec. 2nd from 2-3:30 PM. We hope you can join us for this important discussion about the history of redistricting, the 2021 process, and how the Latino community can stay engaged.

Guest speakers for the event will include:

-Sylvia Puente, President & CEO, Latino Policy Forum
-Dr. Jim Lewis, Rob Paral & Associates
-Liliana Scales, Advocacy Director, CHANGE Illinois
-Miguel Del Valle, President, Chicago Board of Education, Former IL State Senator
-Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia, U.S. Representative for IL 4th district

RSVP by clicking on the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eyhV3tnbRqaR4mD6MKvRFg

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