On Thursday April 10, REVOLT’s YouTube channel presented “State Of Emergency: The State of Black America & Coronavirus” virtual town hall that tackled healthcare, the economy, and the role of influencers and young people during the crisis. The conversation included Van Jones, Big Sean, Yara Shahidi, Angela Rye, YBN Cordae, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Killer Mike, Reverend Al Sharpton, and others.
“We have a pandemic jumping on top of multiple epidemics already in our community. Somebody needed to step up and sound the alarm,” said Van Jones who thanked Diddy for organizing the town hall.
“This coronavirus gives us a unique opportunity to come together and solve for things just like our community always has. [It] gives an opportunity to teach the masses what we mean when we talk about disparate outcomes in healthcare. When we talk about the ways of which we are oppressed economically. When we talk about racism, structural racism, and systemic oppression; coronavirus gives you exhibit A through Z,” said attorney Angela Rye.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “We all have to do more than we’ve ever done before. All of us have the power to do that. We all have the power to convene our family, our community or even around policy.” She said a community plan is as important as a government plan. “We need to apply pressure and make sure they are responsive, but we can act right now. Go out into your building, knock on every door … find which apartments have elders and maybe you can go to the grocery store for them. Find out what people need, develop a plan and actively build community, so we can look out for each other.”