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Presence Is Not Inclusion: Race and Ethnic Disparities in Florida’s Vaccine Distribution

Presence is not Inclusion April 19, 2021 Florida has very large racial and ethnic disparities in its administration of COVID-19 vaccines, despite having a significant number of majority-minority counties and a large number of Black and Latinx residents overall. The lack of a state-wide vaccine equity plan allows these disparities to occur and reflects a lack of commitment by the

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The Need to Prioritize Equity: Race and Vaccinations in Arkansas

The Need to Prioritize Equity: Race and Vaccinations in Arkansas April 9, 2020 As of April 8, 2021, the State of Arkansas has only administered 67% of its received vaccines. This vaccine administration rate is 13 percentage points below the nation’s average rate (80%). In addition to Arkansas’s poor performance in vaccine administration, it has also performed poorly with respect

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LDF’s Lawsuit Challenging Georgia’s Voter Suppression Law

On March 30 2021, LDF and civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit challenging Georgia’s sweeping new voter suppression law, S.B. 202, that will restrict access to voting and disproportionately burden voters of color, new citizens and religious communities. The lawsuit charges that provisions of S.B. 202 violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and infringe on Georgians’ rights

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COVID-19 Vaccinations in Alabama: Protecting and Perpetuating a Racial Divide

COVID-19 Vaccinations In Alabama: Protecting and Perpetuating a Racial Divide  April 2, 2021 Black residents in Alabama have the highest rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state but the lowest vaccination rates. White residents are overrepresented among Alabamians receiving the COVID-19 vaccinations, while Black residents are underrepresented. In Alabama, state and local administration choices to overlook majority Black

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Are We There Yet?: Chicago’s Vaccine Administration Decreases Racial Inequities but Continues to Exclude the Black Neighborhoods Most Vulnerable to COVID-19

Chicago’s Vaccine Administration Decreases Racial Inequities but Continues to Exclude the Black Neighborhoods Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 March 26, 2021 The city of Chicago, IL, used an equity lens to plan its vaccine distribution strategy early in the vaccine administration process. Observations of the city’s successes and challenges reveal significant insights into the dynamics of racial disparities in vaccine uptake.

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Our Nation’s Water Systems Are Failing and Black Communities Are Bearing the Brunt

Our Nation’s Water Systems Are Failing and Black Communities Are Bearing the Brunt By Coty Montag Former Senior Counsel and Thurgood Marshall Institute Researcher For weeks in March 2021, residents of Jackson, Mississippi, were forced to obtain water from distribution sites to flush their toilets, bathe, and drink. In mid-February 2021 a winter storm brought freezing temperatures to the city.

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Racial Disparities in Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Vaccine Administration

Thurgood Marshall Institute Racial Disparities in Washington, D.C. COVID-19 Vaccine Administration By Dr. Kesha Moore TMI Senior Researcher Washington, D.C. has often been referred to as Chocolate City because of its historic high percentage of Black residents comprising a majority of the population. While the percent of Black D.C. residents has dropped in recent years to 45% and the White population

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Racial Disparities in New York State’s Vaccine Distribution

Racial Disparities in New York State’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution By Dr. Kesha Moore Thurgood Marshall Institute Senior Researcher In New York State, like much of the nation, Black and Latinx communities have the highest rates of death from COVID-19. Yet, their higher vulnerability of dying from COVID-19 has not afforded them priority access to the life-saving vaccine. The Johns Hopkins Center

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