Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States
Dig Deep and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Growing up in Texas, Juneteenth was always a celebration—my family would gather at my grandmother's house to celebrate with food, music, and prayer. If we want to work together to build a better future, we must understand the historical importance of days such as June 19. Those who can observe this holiday going forward should take it as an opportunity to learn and listen. But we also must acknowledge that the increased recognition and celebration of this holiday is in response to the death of an African American man. Mr. Floyd’s life spurred a movement, but we should not have needed him to lose his life to have these critical conversations.
I hope the solidarity and support the AAPI community has received in the last two months doesn’t fade as the end of the pandemic draws near and many are anxious to return to a sense of normal –– because for many first-generation Asian Americans like myself, we’re still trying to figure out what “normal” means.
This past year has been hell for them. COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 182,000 nursing home residents and workers. Although cases have plunged as vaccination rates have increased, these workers are still coping with grief, trauma, exhaustion and anxiety. Who knows what the long-term effects will be?
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