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A Tale of Two Pandemics: Millions Will Starve / Billionaires Make Another Trillion
In 2020, billionaires gained $1 trillion—while millions of working people lost jobs and are barely surviving.
UNITE HERE is the union of hospitality and food service workers, workers who were hardest hit by job losses from COVID-19. Workers and their families are barely surviving, making less than $337/week on unemployment, or receiving no income if they are undocumented. Restaurant Workers United is a growing network of food service workers who started to organize together during the pandemic around safety, relief, and respect.
Meanwhile, Seattle Area billionaires Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates’ wealth increased by $92.1 billion from the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown—for a combined net worth of $303.1 billion as of December 2020.
In a country where the billionaires’ wealth has increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown, we cannot accept the excuse that there is not funding for relief that will stave off starvation, homelessness and even greater loss. At a minimum, we demand:
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