Misinformation, the circulation of misleading and false information, deepened the crisis by delaying authoritative response to the pandemic by weeks, if not months.
The moral oath America made to those seeking asylum is broken. The daily onslaught of inhumane actions and policy changes targeting immigrants and refugees are not only hostile, but also physically and emotionally taxing.
When the WES Mariam Assefa Fund launched last year, we knew our mission of supporting economic mobility for immigrants and refugees—particularly those in low-wage jobs—was vital, and in need of more philanthropic capital.
In order for foundations to harness our collective capacity to respond to the life-threatening coronavirus pandemic and the humanitarian issues that have become more acute because of it, we must elevate entrepreneurship, multi-sectoral collaboration, and even take calculated risks.