#AfterThis: Thinking About A Just Economy After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare economic and social fractures that were there before. Inequality isn’t simply about how much stuff you have, or how nice it is. It’s about life and death.

But there will be an after. What happens #afterthis?

We’re all coping with now, and it isn’t easy. But it’s also a time to think about the future. Here’s something new from NCRC to encourage hope, creativity and a Just Economy:


#AfterThis is an online festival of ideas and art. It’s a way to inspire thinking and spark conversations about the future, especially with friends, family and a wider network of people who may not respond to other things we do. As the name implies, it’s about what happens after we get through the coronavirus catastrophe. What should a Just Economy look like then?

What does a Just Economy mean to you?

Post your answers in social media. That’s also where you should invite friends and family to join and post theirs. Make sure you use these tags: #justeconomy #afterthis

Further instructions on how to take part in the festival at: www.afterth.is

Below: A sample message you might share on social networks or in an email to your list.


A sample message:


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2 thoughts on “#AfterThis: Thinking About A Just Economy After COVID-19”

  1. A just economy will encourage people to be productive while also being good stewards of the natural environment. This can be achieved, at least in part, by ensuring that everyone pays a fair share for public goods and services. Such payments should be in proportion to the benefits that they receive or to the costs that they impose upon others. Guaranteed minimum income, universal health care and a progressive income tax are key components as well.

    1. Today, economic incentives associated with our tax system discourage home improvement and maintenance while encouraging parasitic land speculation. Economic incentives can be harmonized with public policy objectives for job creation, affordable housing, transportation efficiency and sustainable development.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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