The attack on our U.S. The capital sent shock-waves throughout the nation. A coup-de-ant was in the developmental stages organized by the fascist elements of our society. It failed. The people demanded from their elected representatives a forceful pushback. The insurrectionists were condemned. The people saved our democracy from this fascist's attempt to overthrow our fair and democratic held elections.
This attempt to overthrow our democratically elected president took place at a time when thousands upon thousands of families are suffering from an economic downward tailspin creating much devastation and hardship. Many people are again filing for unemployment. Others have given up seeking a job simply because there are far too few to apply for. For many rents and mortgages are overdue. The homeless population is increasing by the thousands. Many are sick, many more people are infected and dying with the coronavirus.
A community-action emergency relief outreach effort is needed. An urgent appeal for progressives to help in any way possible for those in need. It is an important and critical response.
Targeted on the ground crisis organizing efforts by progressives must intensify. A new level of urgency for community and neighborhood resources must be made a priority to address the bread and butter security crisis before us. More importantly, a push back is needed and necessary against those who want to deny our communities urgent services and resources. It should be the role of all progressives to assist in helping out community people.
A community-action emergency relief outreach effort is needed. An urgent appeal for progressives to help in any way possible for those in need
Progressives need to do less pontification, talk less among themselves, and join in on the battle taking place on the ground in our communities. Political analysis is good but conditions dictate a more direct action is in order. People are suffering and hurting. Every bit of action to help our neighbors and the community-at-large is critical. Our communities are in desperate need of help.
The people are waiting for action that will directly impact their lives in a positive way. Isabel Gomez, 36 years old and a resident in the Westlake/Pico-Union district in Los Angeles has lost a brother to the coronavirus. Her husband has tested positive for the coronavirus. She lives in an apartment with her husband, three children, and a cousin. It is difficult to isolate her husband but the family is trying their best to make their household safe. Isabel lost her job as a maid due to the restrictions of the coronavirus. She worries that she may become sick and doesn’t know how her family would survive or what her family would do if she becomes sick. Isabel lives in one of the most densely populated areas in Los Angeles, the Pico-Union/Westlake area.
For Isabel and many others suffering on a daily basis. The news is difficult to understand and doesn’t make much sense when so many people are suffering. What she hears is very worrisome. All the threats by white supremacists, All the attacks. A new administration promising to help out improvised communities. However, Isabel is worried about how to survive for today and in the coming months. Her rent is due. Food is scarce. She fears that her husband may get worse. She can’t afford any hospital bills. Her children try to comfort her by helping out with chords. But they too are worried about their future.
Isabel is tired, worried, and confused about the future. Not only about how her family will move beyond their current situation but she worries about the country as a whole. She said in Spanish. “Only God and those with good hearts will help us survive.” She sees little assistance coming into her community. Both in terms of economic assistance and coronavirus planning.
The coronavirus is still one of the main threats to Isabel's community. This virus of course impacts the economic conditions as well. According to the U.S. Department of Labor one in seven California workers have now filed for employment. As of Monday, January 25, 2021, the LA County Public Health data reported that there were 6,279 deaths in the Pico-Union area, 6,796 in the Westlake area. This is the area in which Isabel lives. The Los Angeles Times has reported that Latino deaths have soared 800% since autumn.
Isabel walks down several blocks to a local park to pick up a food donation in order to feed her family. On the way, she can hear in the apartments the sounds of small children crying. A homeless encampment is located in a nearby alley. It is unsanitary. Businesses are empty. She walks past signs posted in her neighborhood that indicates she is in a High-Risk area due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gil Cedillo, Los Angeles City Council member for City Council District 1 is determined to do what he can to help out. He has asked others to assist in helping out our communities. He writes.
"It is critical to make people aware of the dangers that still exist during the pandemic. There’s no value in soft-selling the conditions. Particularly in parts of my district with challenges of poverty, immigration status, and density,” said Council member Cedillo. “Because of that, we think it’s important to let people know, what are the dangers and conditions that we’re living in so that they will do the things that are necessary. The posted signs are meant to inform residents of the best way to protect themselves and others: using a mask, social distancing, frequent hand-washing and when necessary, self-quarantining, and getting a COVID-19 test and now a vaccine. We must not relax, recognize that the pandemic is still dangerous and that we can’t take it lightly."
There are many important political battles to come. Nothing is more important than the very survival of our communities. Isabel hopes that the new president will move immediately to solve some of these deep life-threatening economic and health problems.
The issue isn't that the Biden administration has introduced executive orders and is preparing a legislative package but rather there is a serious crisis and if this is a priority for this administration then is more important than ever that this crisis be addressed immediately and well before the next congressional elections.
She has hope in the new administration. But she knows based on what she hears there are others who will fault every action by the new president. She desperately hopes these political battles will not hamper the much-needed community resources.
Today Isabel waits to find out about her husband's health, and her own coronavirus testing as well as those of her children. She only wants to be safe. She wants to have the right to secure employment, housing, health care, food, clothing, and education for her children. Is this too much to ask for during these difficult times?