The equality gap between white and Black Americans closed by 1.6% from 2018 to pre-pandemic times, but all that progress is being undone by the current crisis, according to a National Urban League scorecard that evaluates economics, health, education and other metrics. "America is in crisis. Black America is in a doubly difficult crisis," says President Marc Morial.
Judith Batty, who was recently appointed interim CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA and is the first Black executive in the position, says the organization should be "a shelter in the storm." The Voices of Courage program in a Louisiana council seeks to help troop members identify racism, practice acceptance and nurture diverse friendships.
Foundations want to support grantees as much as possible right now, but it's important to understand that even simple requests for information can be a major burden during the crisis, writes Lisa Pilar Cowan of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. When a grantee requested more time to respond to a survey, Pilar Cowan writes she realized, "[m]y need to complete my to-do list is trivial compared with the work our grantees are managing."
The National Basketball Players Association and the NBA's Board of Governors have formed the NBA Foundation to create economic opportunities in Black communities. Every NBA team will contribute $1 million to the foundation annually to raise $300 million for the foundation's initiatives over the next 10 years.
Thursday was Black Women's Equal Pay Day, raising awareness about the fact that Black women continue to earn less than their male counterparts, according to nonprofit Equal Pay Today, which reports the gap closed for white women earlier this year. "If we do nothing, [the pay gap] won't close for another 40 years," says Institute for Women's Policy Research President and CEO C. Nicole Mason.
The pandemic has made it clear that "economic prosperity and global health are linked," and demonstrated "how susceptible the global economy is to highly disruptive crises such as pandemics," writes Global Citizen co-founder and CEO Hugh Evans. Philanthropists and foundations can do more right now by rising to the occasion and directing more funding toward pandemic relief and future resilience, he writes.
Members of the United Nations Security Council are voting on a revised resolution proposed by the US to extend a 13-year-old arms embargo against Iran that is due to expire in October. Russia and China have both threatened to veto the move, but the US says if the resolution fails, it will trigger a procedure to reimpose sanctions previously lifted by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Over 170,000 residential apartments, 120 schools, six hospitals and more than 20 medical clinics were damaged in the deadly port explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, last week, the United Nations reports. The UN High Commission for Refugees and UNICEF are providing aid to survivors, while the World Food Programme is providing grain to replace supplies destroyed in the blast and UNESCO is leading efforts to salvage historic buildings in the city at risk of collapse.
Nationalistic efforts to secure a coronavirus vaccine by wealthy countries will hamper global development and distribution efforts, and countries must work in solidarity to end the pandemic, says World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. A vaccine is not a "magic bullet" and countries must persist with quarantines, contact tracing and social distancing measures, says Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
The majority of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report will not be ready in time for the Glasgow Climate Change Conference, which has been postponed until Nov. 2021, the IPCC says. The organization says the ongoing pandemic has delayed research and meetings needed to produce the full final report.
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