The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is upending daily life for millions of people worldwide.
More than 194,000 infections have been confirmed so far and more than 7,500 people have died, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, WHO warns.
As the health crisis deepens, other crises are emerging. Lost jobs, mounting debts, looming evictions, and social isolation are just some of the disruptions societies are facing.
“One thing that the pandemic is doing is laying bare the lack of baseline universal infrastructure that is meant for all of us,” Celina Su, the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies at the City of New York Graduate Center, told Global Citizen. “The pandemic could end up exacerbating inequalities and deepening poverty, but it’s also a canary in the coal mine by showing us in really tragic ways where we could all end up if we’re not as lucky later on.”
“It shows us what we should be working toward always, not just in times of crisis,” she said, calling for universal health care, free child care, paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, and a stronger social safety net.
Amid the growing crisis, communities are showing inspiring solidarity, helping the most vulnerable face challenges and building networks for long-term assistance.
“Right now, we’re supposed to be practicing social distancing, but how can we also practice social caring, social embracing, and social connection, all while physical distancing,” Su said. “What does that look like?”
Here are six ways communities are stepping up to support people and how you can join the relief effort.
We’re partnering with HeadCount.org so all Brandi’s fans can easily register to vote. Volunteer with Headcount at our shows and help other fans register, too.
It takes just 3 minutes to sign up. Some sweet benefits you’ll get as a HeadCount volunteer:
See our show for free
Register a TON of voters (they’ve already signed up 600,000+!)
Meet other fans like you who want to change the world.
Sign up here. Then go to https://www.headcount.org/events type in Brandi Carlile in the artist search and you will see the shows we are recruiting volunteers for.
At the moment Headcount are looking for volunteers for the following shows:
03/06/2020 Hard Rock Live (Seminole) Hollywood, FL (Miami) 05/16/2020 Terrace Theatre Long Beach, CA 05/30/2020 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ 06/26/2020 Koussevitzky Music Shed Lenox, MA 09/12/2020 Red Rocks Ampitheatre Morrison, CO 09/13/2020 Red Rocks Ampitheatre Morrison, CO
More dates to follow....
See you out there!