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As information comes out daily around COVID-19, there are communities who are bracing for the disproportionate impact this will have on their families and neighborhoods. As someone who works in the gun violence prevention space, I have been grappling with how this pandemic will affect communities that are already most impacted by gun violence, which happen to be black communities. Unfortunately, communities that are most impacted are often plagued by structural inequities such as poverty, income inequality, underperforming schools, and under-resourced public services, which will compound this disproportionate impact.

 

A coalition of civil rights leaders went to Congress last week to share this same sentiment, urging elected officials to apply a racial equity lens to all COVID-19 relief. CEO and President of the National Urban League Marc H. Morial said in a