“We know that reducing food insecurity can positively impact mental, physical, and emotional health,” said Felicia Norwood, EVP and President, Government Business Division, Anthem. “This is why we’ve galvanized our organization to tackle the complex issue of food insecurity from multiple directions at once – in our communities, through our benefits, in partnership with our care providers, and with the support of our associates. We see the impact that consistent access to food has on health, and it’s clear that we must all work together to ensure no family has to worry about putting food on the table.” … [Read more...] about Fighting Food Insecurity to Build a Brighter, Healthier Future
The emergency food assistance program
New jobless figures from the Labor Department, which cover the week ending August 1, show that more than 1.18 million workers sought aid last week, the lowest since March 14. The latest figures bring the total number of unemployment claims since the shutdown began to more than 55 million. … [Read more...] about Trump orders $400-per-week unemployment payments amid COVID crisis, hits Dems for stonewalling
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday in an email to The Associated Press that it has distributed $30 billion of the $44 billion it had set aside for the benefit. The agency said the fund was enough to cover six weeks of additional jobless aid starting Aug. 1, so unemployed workers won't receive any more after this week. … [Read more...] about Money for $300 unemployment boost to run out after 6 weeks
The report, requested by the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, found immigrants who are essential workers face increased risks of COVID-19 infection while suffering gaps in federal relief packages. The research was requested to illustrate the demographics of San Jose’s immigrant population and inform advocacy and more inclusive local emergency responses. … [Read more...] about Study Pushes San Jose to Create Immigrant-Inclusive COVID-19 Relief Measures
The president has also signed an order barring transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, rescinded protections for transgender people in the prison system that allowed them to be held in populations that correspond with their gender identity, and, according to Bob Woodward’s book Fear: Trump in the White House, referred to gender reassignment surgery as getting “clipped.” The administration is also reportedly considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, unchangeable condition determined by genitalia at birth—essentially wiping trans identity out of legal existence. … [Read more...] about LGBT Migrants Fled Persecution Back Home. Then They Fled the Caravan.