This week’s Our Future Now, A National Children’s Campaign podcast episode spotlights the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act — progress that’s been made, as well as remaining hurdles, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) push to delay it from being presented to the Senate.
In the words of Host Natalie Mebane, there’s “No time to pause. No time to wait.” when it comes to moving the CARES Act forward.
Kaylah Brathwait, director of operations and logistics for Zero Hour, an international youth climate justice movement, joins co-hosts Mebane and Jonah Gottlieb to look at how the CARES Act could be abused and what’s at stake.
Next steps listeners can take to ensure the CARES Act benefits families, youth, working people and schools versus special interest groups are discussed (see resources below).
*Please note: changes may have occurred since this podcast was recorded.
Resources for This Our Future Now! Episode With Kaylah Brathwaite
Read about the Resources for Workforce Investment Act — the ReWind Act — mentioned in this episode here. These companion bills can prevent the Trump administration from bailing out the fossil fuel industry, one of the main culprits in climate change, through the use of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act funds.
To learn more about how you can impact distance learning, here are two resources mentioned in the podcast:
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The Our Future Now Collaboration
Our Future Now, a National Children’s Campaign Podcast is co-hosted by Jonah Gottlieb and Natalie Mebane. Gottlieb and Mebane are also co-founders of NCC. Gottlieb, a high school senior from Petaluma, California, is also the captain of One Planet Living and the co-founder and president of Global Awareness. Mebane is the Associate Director of US Policy for 350, an international movement looking to end the use of fossil fuels while promoting renewable energy.
Our Future Now is a collaboration between Parentology, the National Children’s Campaign and Goal 17 Media.
The National Children’s Campaign (NCC) is a national nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices of America’s 74 million children and youth, making sure our nation’s political leaders prioritize issues –health, education, climate and environment, child welfare, gun violence, child immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and youth civic engagement — that matter to those who are too young to vote.
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