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It Takes Roots helping lead a coalition of progressive groups calling for a #PeoplesBailout

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Relatives,

Friday marks May Day, International Workers Day, and It Takes Roots is helping lead a huge coalition of progressive groups calling for a #PeoplesBailout. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear once more that only we can keep us safe, and that the extractive economy is not serving our people. It is healthcare workers, farm workers, grocery store workers, warehouse workers, caregivers, and other workers who are essential, not the bosses and bankers who are profiteering off our exploitation.

On May 1, 2020, we invite you to join us in taking action this #MayDay by attending our Live Stream Rally at ThePeoplesBailout.org/MayDay at 2:00 p.m. ET or holding an action of your own.  

It Takes Roots stands with MayDay strikes and walk-outs that are being organized by workers at Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target, and FedEx. Workers are on the forefront of shaping new economies rooted in fairness, equity and ecological values. 

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Pictured: "It takes roots to cultivate solutions" graphic.(Image: It Takes Roots)

Frontline, community-based organizations have been building localized democracies that champion community rights to energy, land, water, housing, and food sovereignty. Together, we are engaged in the fight for people-centered regenerative economies and healthy, self-sustained communities.

Take action:

Share a picture or video of you and your family talking about what you want to see from a #PeoplesBailout. Don't forget to include the hashtag #PeoplesBailout and demand action by tagging your representative and President Trump. Tag It Takes Roots in your posts and we will amplify them on the It Takes Root social media channels.

In this moment, Congress must pass relief and stimulus packages to meet the needs of our communities. People are coming together to demand regular monthly cash payments to all communities (including undocumented immigrants), free testing, and treatment for all, safety standards and equipment to protect frontline workers, emergency housing assistance and rent and mortgage cancellation, a moratorium on water and electricity shutoffs, resources for Indian Country, funding to address the racial disparities of this crisis, expanded food aid, support for businesses that are actually small, protections for voters and poll workers to safeguard our democracy, and real investment in a bold plan to put millions of people back to work building a healthier, more equitable, more resilient economy.

We must invest in our people, not corporate executives. We must chart a path to an economy that works for all, not a return to the unjust status quo.

About It Takes Roots

#ItTakesRoots centers the leadership and power of urban and rural communities on the frontlines of racial, gender, housing, environmental, energy, and climate justice in the United States to advance regenerative economies and healthy communities. It Takes Roots is a multiracial, multicultural, intergenerational alliance of networks and alliances representing over 200 organizations and affiliates in over 50 states, provinces, territories and Native lands in the U.S. and Canada, and is led by women, gender nonconforming people, people of color, and Indigenous Peoples. It is an outcome of years of organizing and relationship building across the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), and Right to the City Alliance (RTTC) alongside Center for Story-based Strategy and The Ruckus Society.

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