Things in America Are Going to Get Much Worse If We Do Not Act Now.

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Brooke Meredith

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America has surpassed 2 million coronavirus cases, with the virus peaking in almost half of states nationwide. Though many of our lawmakers and their corporate overlords who want the masses back to work would like us to believe it, this is nowhere near over.

We could potentially reach 200,000 deaths by early fall.

Elected officials like our very own Trump press you to believe that the worst is behind us, but in reality, the surface has barely been scratched.

The freeze on eviction? That is currently in the process of being lifted across various states. This means that those without jobs and unable to pay their rent, or, maybe even some of those with jobs but who are barely scraping by, may suddenly find themselves out on the streets. It is not unlikely that America’s streets may soon fill with homeless people.

Consider student loan debt, a chokehold around the necks of a majority of young Americans. Come this fall, when they are forced to resume paying on those loans? Some of these young adults may not have jobs, or, are in precarious situations financially because of COVID that make then unable to pay. This may then ruin their credit, it might result in a default on loans, it will make being able to manage paying their other bills (like rent and food) that much harder.

Forbes Magazine states that some 42% of the jobs that have vanished during this pandemic are going to be lost for good. This means higher competition for the jobs that remain. It means far more people collecting unemployment and struggling to find work again. It means more pressure and weight on the already buckling unemployment system.

I just spoke with a man the other day, I’ll call him Griff, who works for the Spare Change paper in Boston, MA. He told me how he’d filed for unemployment back in March and had yet to receive a single payment. He logged into his account, without my asking, proceeding to show me. He scrolled down the screen, on which I saw various dates throughout March, April, May, all of them with an amount next to it (about $600), and with the word “pending” alongside. He has not received a dime.

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