Tim Ryan Op-Eds
A year into this pandemic, there are two realities in this country: while the market closes at record highs, more than 45 million Americans don’t have enough to eat, and a quarter of all Americans have been laid off. But the American Rescue Plan Act is set to turn things around for Ohio families – not just for now, but well beyond this recovery.
Gallows on the Capitol lawn. Molotov cocktails at the ready. Zip-tie handcuffs in the House of Representatives and Senate Chambers. Law enforcement officers beaten and killed.
The bad times came full force this spring at P.S. 89 in Queens, N.Y., once the nation’s Coronavirus epicenter. Serving roughly 1,500 mostly low-income Hispanic and Asian American children, dozens of students reported that the virus had killed or sickened family members. The school and the community quickly created a coping network. Staff learned grief-counseling protocols.
Since the coronavirus struck our shores, my focus has been on keeping Americans safe and ensuring working people don’t get left behind. Their struggles today are greater than ever. Too many have suffered job losses, shrinking income, isolation, and health issues — all while caring for children and other loved ones.
As I drive through Youngstown, Ohio, I’m met by empty storefronts and vacant factories. Americans living in areas like mine are struggling: The cost of living keeps going up, families are underemployed and many have not seen a raise in more than a decade. All the while, their corporate employers have seen record profits. Something is wrong with this equation.
Originally published on MakerEd.org: