Accurate Information Is Crucial Now More Than Ever And This Organization Is Making It Available En Español For Our Family Members
At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, one thing was abundantly clear: Spanish-speaking communities were being kept in the dark. Politicians, including Joaquin Castro, have voiced their concern that the federal government is not doing enough to warn Spanish-speaking communities. Here’s what one organization is doing to combat that.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is organizing to get information on COVID-19 to Spanish-speaking communities.
The COVID-19 response has left a lot to be desired by many in the U.S. The federal government has been criticized as being slow to admit the full scope of the pandemic. President Trump has been criticized for downplaying the threat and, most recently, celebrating protests against lockdown measures in certain states endangering American lives. Through it all, the federal government has been criticized for not offering all of the resources about COVID-19 in Spanish.
LULAC has started #AyudaEnEspanol to offer more resources to Spanish-speaking communities during the pandemic.
Spanish is a major language spoken in the U.S. Major American cities are filled with Spanish-speaking and immigrant communities. These communities are being left behind due to a lack of information and resources in Spanish about the COVID-19 crisis. In 2015, the population of Spanish speakers in the U.S. surpassed the population of Spain.
The lack of information being given to the Latino community is having serious consequences.
In New York, Latino and Black communities are being disproportionately impacted by the deadly virus. According to The New York Times, COVID-19 is killing Latino and Black people in New York City at twice the rate of their white counterparts.
“There are clear inequalities, clear disparities in how this disease is affecting the people of our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told The New York Times. “The truth is that in so many ways the negative effects of coronavirus — the pain it’s causing, the death it’s causing — tracks with other profound health care disparities that we have seen for years and decades.”
People are spreading the news to get essential Spanish-language COVID-19 information out there.
Danny Trejo is just one person putting their name and platform behind the movement. LULAC, in coordination with Hornitos Tequila, is pushing to make sure that all Spanish speaking people in the U.S. are given the proper information about COVID-19. It is crucial that our communities know how to protect themselves from this virus as it continues to spread across the globe.
#AyudaEnEspanol’s sole purpose is to help and protect our vulnerable communities in the face of a deadly pandemic.
“#AyudaEnEspañol is about helping millions of Spanish-speaking Latinos with practical, needed information that can be accessed by multi-generational households in both Spanish and English,” Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer, said according to PR News Wire. “The program provides COVID-19-related assets that will help save untold numbers of lives and reduce suffering in our community, which has already been impacted beyond measure.”
Share this resource with all of your Spanish-speaking family members to make sure they are as safe as they can be during this time.