On June 19, 2020, The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies organized a Juneteenth Congressional Briefing, entitled Inequality And The Disproportionate Impacts Of COVID Response On Black Disabled Communities. The briefing was presented in collaboration with Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Justice Shorter, NDRN’s Disaster Protection Advisor, presented during the briefing beginning at 6:25. Shorter spoke about legacies of systemic inequality – including drinking water, police violence, housing, LGBTQIA+, education, and incarceration- that lead to public health crises and disparate disaster impacts, including drinking water, police violence, housing, and incarceration. For Justice, there is hope and power in intersectional justice.