BLOG / July 9, 2020

Last Week This Morning: This is really scary

By Emily Kirkland

Things are really scary. Arizona has become the first state in the nation to activate “crisis care” standards for treating coronavirus patients. Although no hospitals are currently triaging who gets which level of care, they could begin doing so soon. 

Crisis upon crisis. The $600 unemployment payments currently keeping many Arizonans afloat will expire on July 26, deepening the economic pain. The Senate could pass the HEROES Act and extend the payments – but Mitch McConnell’s too heartless for that. 

A bit of good news. Grassroots ballot initiatives to invest in education, protect healthcare workers and patients, and loosen Arizona’s extremely strict sentencing laws are all likely to qualify for the ballot.  

“No Te Rindas.” Artists used skywriting to share messages of hope and defiance above immigration detention centers and other locations on July 4.

Tell our US Senators to pass the HEROES Act. The $600 additional unemployment payments are keeping many Americans afloat at a time when COVID-19 has paralyzed much of the economy. But they’ll expire at the end of July unless Congress acts. Tell Senators Sinema and McSally to support the HEROES Act, including the extension of the $600 weekly benefit, in the Senate.

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