California’s Catholic Bishops have asked Governor Gavin Newsom to increase aid to undocumented and low-wage residents of the state “because the virus doesn't know the difference between someone who has the right legal documents and those who do not.”
Today Governor Gavin Newsom held his daily briefing to provide an update on the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He focused on the economic consequences of the virus. Since March 12th, 3.1 million Californians have filed for unemployment insurance (UI). "We are now in a pandemic-induced recession here in the state of California," Newsom said.
Catholic dioceses in California will join in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25, 2020, to raise awareness of victims’ right and services. The commemoration is an annual event established in 1981 to draw attention to the people and families whose lives have been affected by violent crime.
This year’s theme is Seek Justice, Ensure Victims’ Rights, Inspire Hope.
Several California bishops praised Pope Francis’ Easter Sunday letter to leaders of grassroots movements around the world for showing the love of Christ to so many through their “noble and essential” work. Significantly, the Holy Father suggested this might be the time to investigate a universal wage to address structural inequities that leave so many unable to support themselves.
This coming Wednesday, April 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States. On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans — approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population at the time — took to the street in hundreds of cities around the country to protest environmental degradation and call for a new way forward for our planet.
The result: Earth Day awareness and activism have led to the Clean Air, Clear Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
The CCC continues to post daily updates of the Governor’s briefings on the state’s COVID-19 response and two new items are of particular importance this week.
Governor Gavin Newsom started is daily briefing a little later because he had a phone call with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and other governors regarding reopening of the U.S. economy. Governor Newsom conveyed that the Federal Government will release guidelines today at 3:00 PM PDT.
In his daily briefing Governor Gavin Newsom focused on new initiatives to support California workers impacted.
On unemployment insurance (UI), Governor Newsom reported that in the last four weeks, 2.7 million people have filed UI claims. To respond to this “unprecedented” figure, the Employment Development Department (EDD) call center that will operate 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.