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What Will It Take To Tackle The COVID Economic Crisis & Growing Inequality?

NYT Mag / Brenda Ann Kenneally
Alexis Frost Cazimero drives around San Diego with three of her children collecting food for her family, neighbors and friends who are unable to leave their homes.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich about the economic crisis and growing inequality. As of mid-August, more than 29 million Americans were receiving some sort of unemployment insurance.

Democrats support an extension of $600 in weekly federal unemployment benefits, but Republicans won’t budge. Over 30 million people say their households don’t have enough to eat and despite a federal ban, renters are still being evicted. According to the Poor People’s Campaign, 140 million people in the US are poor or low-income. What will it take to truly tackle this crisis and what’s at stake in the upcoming election?


Robert Reich, former US secretary of labor, professor of public policy at UC Berkeley, and author of many books including his latest, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It

Web Resources: 

The Guardian, Robert Reich: Trump doesn't care if wildfires destroy the west – it didn't vote for him

The Guardian, Robert Reich: On Labor Day, remember this: Trump's America works only for the rich 

The New York Times, Nelson D. Schwartz & Gillian Friedman: Unemployment Claims Send Another Worrisome Note 

NYT Mag: America at Hunger's Edge

Reuters, Howard Schneider & Jonnelle Marte: Retirements, layoffs, labor force flight may leave scars on U.S economy 

The Verge, Justine Calma: Democrats unveil new agenda for economic recovery and climate action