Okay, so let’s start with the superficial: My fingernails are getting so long I can hardly type. But they are acrylic and I can’t cut them. Ideas? I’m growing a beard. I’m caught up on “Better Things” (the best!) and “Homeland.” I’ve watched the 4 new episodes of the as- yet un-streamed “Grace & Frankie” and they’re hysterical. My hair needs cutting. Fortunately I’m all gray now so that part’s cool.

I’m also super busy with the soon-to-be (this Friday) virtual Fire Drill Friday with Senator Markey.

In case you’re interested, and I hope you are, here’s what we should support for the virus relief bailout.

Please blast this out to your networks, and amplify on social media using #PeoplesBailout :

Five Principles of Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus

The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from the federal government. The depth of the crisis and the scope of the response mean that choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come. As policymakers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified. This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a just recovery.

We, the undersigned organizations, call for COVID-19 relief and stimulus packages to contribute to a just recovery by upholding these five principles:

1. Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions.

We support the calls of community leaders, public health organizations, unions, and others for free and accessible testing, treatment, and protective equipment; expanded hospital capacity, including in rural areas, territories, and tribal lands; paid sick leave and paid family medical leave for all workers without exception; expanded federal funding for Medicaid; and full funding for Indian Health Service and urban Indian health centers. Critically, the government must ensure such health protections cover all people, including low-wage workers, health workers, independent contractors, family farmers, Black and Latinx communities, undocumented immigrants, Indigenous peoples, people who are incarcerated, people who are homeless or housing insecure, and others likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn.

2. Provide economic relief directly to the people.

We support the urgent calls to expand the social safety net by broadening unemployment insurance, vastly increasing food aid programs, extending housing assistance, expanding childcare for working families, relieving student debt, and halting evictions, foreclosures, and shut offs of water and electricity. As with expanded public health measures, these economic measures must be implemented to ensure coverage of workers and communities likely to be hit first and worst by COVID-19 and the economic downturn. In addition, to counteract the economic downturn, the federal government should immediately direct sizable cash payments to every person. Larger payments should be made to lower-income workers and the poor, who are disproportionately exposed to both COVID-19 health risks and heightened job insecurity. These payments should be made swiftly and regularly throughout the duration of the economic recession.

3. Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives.

Any financial assistance directed at specific industries must be channeled to workers, not shareholders or corporate executives. Specifically, any federal loans must be used to maintain payroll and benefits, not executive bonuses or stock buybacks. In addition, such funds should come with pro-worker conditions, such as requiring worker representation on the company’s board of directors, company-wide enactment of a $15/hour or higher minimum wage, and compliance with high-road labor standards such as payment of prevailing wages, use of project-labor agreements, adoption of a neutrality policy with regard to union collective bargaining, and adoption of a “ban the box” hiring policy to ensure fair employment opportunities for all.

4. Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises.

While we urgently need a large, short-term stimulus to protect the health and economic security of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, it is imperative that policymakers also plan for a large, medium-term stimulus to counteract the economic downturn and ensure a just recovery. This stimulus should create millions of good, family-sustaining jobs with high-road labor standards; counter systemic inequities by directing investments to the working families, communities of color, and Indigenous communities who face the most economic insecurity; and tackle the climate crisis that is compounding threats to our economy and health. All three goals can be achieved simultaneously with public investments to rebuild our infrastructure, replace lead pipes, expand wind and solar power, build clean and affordable public transit, weatherize our buildings, build and repair public housing, manufacture more clean energy goods, restore our wetlands and forests, expand public services that support climate resilience, and support regenerative agriculture led by family farmers. Critically, stimulus packages should include conditions for industries to implement high-road labor standards, workforce development, and reductions in climate emissions and toxic pollution. The response to one existential crisis must not fuel another.

5. Protect our democratic process while protecting each other.

People must not be forced to choose between exercising their rights as citizens and protecting public health. The federal government must support states, by providing funding and technical support wherever needed, to ensure that every American can vote safely in primary and general elections. Specific life-saving and democracy-defending measures include expanding vote by mail, online or automatic voter registration, among others. The 2020 Census must be fully supported and resourced to achieve an accurate and safe count under the new and evolving conditions. US Congress, state capitals and city halls should not shut down until they have amended rules to ensure continuity of governance in the case that in-person sessions are suspended.


Center for Popular Democracy
 | Climate Justice Alliance
 | Greenpeace
 | Indigenous Environmental Network
 | Indivisible
 | It Takes Roots
 | MoveOn
 | People’s Action
 | SEIU | Sierra Club
 | Sunrise Movement | 
US Climate Action Network | 
Working Families Party

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  1. Jane!
    Thank you for the laughs as well as the serious stuff! We all need to still keep a good sense of humor during this crisis!
    See you tomorrow!!

    PS- you can cut your nails down with nail clippers and then file the rough edges!

  2. Hi, Jane! Can’t wait for the new season of Grace and Frankie. But at the same time, I really can because I don’t want it to be over, you know? What’s it like knowing that one of these days you’re going to have to say goodbye to Grace Hanson for good? Because I am certainly not prepared!

  3. Many women have the same problems than you, young women don ‘t, for the first time I will see how many gray hairs I have, it will be interesting, of course this is insignificant compared to what is happening and I also think of those persons who for many years do these things to us now they are out of work, today I was chatting with a girls friends that when this is over we will value those things that we did and now we cannot, I feel that this is a great lesson for everyone, about valuing what we have. Thank you for be with us, I Love you.

  4. Jane, I think you should watch Carol (2015) again, it never fails to make me feel secure and happy. Have you seen it before? If yes: did you like it? If no: now you’ve got the time to watch it!

    Hope you have a great week!

    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  5. Hi Jane!
    Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for a great first virtual FDF! I’ve been working from home during this pandemic and it was really nice to hear from you and Senator Markey as well as the guys with Greenpeace. While we’re all sitting at home, we should all be utilizing our extra time to contact our representatives. What better time than now? Great to hear Senator Markey’s comments and I’m happy he was able to join us during this chaotic time. He is absolutely right—if enough people take the time to contact their reps, it is absolutely going to make a difference.

    Thanks again for all you are doing. I will continue to do all I can while I’m stuck here at home.

    xx Robin

    PS: Just ran into the same issue with my nails. Ended up having to soak them in acetone nail polish remover and they came off pretty easily. Another option is to soak a cotton ball in the nail polish remover and wrap it with a piece of foil around each nail. Never thought I’d have to do it myself, but glad it worked!

  6. If your nails are gel with pure acetone you soak cottons you put one on each nail and you cover them with aluminum foil you leave it for 30 minutes with the same cotton you remove and what is left on the nail you scrape it with some metal that will help you That is, if you have any nail treatment put it on later, this is a good time for your nails to rest from the acrylic.

  7. Hi Jane,

    What a joy to be able to put Fire Drill Fridays on my calendar during this crisis. I’ve been working my way through Naomi Klein’s books and I can’t stop thinking about her analysis of the 2008 bank bailout—how that was a critical (missed) opportunity to demand more of corporations in exchange for help. I didn’t expect to suddenly be living through another similar moment so soon, but I’ll do everything I can to help. 

    I couldn’t have less faith in the current administration, but it’s comforting to see some politicians—like Ed Markey—doing the right thing (and speaking in coherent sentences, no less). Ohio’s governor has made many missteps in the past, but seems to be handling this crisis correctly, thankfully. Sometimes people can surprise you for the better.

    I may be biased, but Cuomo’s daily briefings have been must-see TV for me—I recommend tuning in and pretending he’s our president, if just for an hour every day.

    For what it’s worth, “I’m growing a beard” made me laugh out loud—not a small victory on day 19 of quarantine here in my tiny NYC apartment, so thank you. Keep the updates coming, they help much more than you may realize!


  8. Thank you, Jane. It is going to take a lot to get out of this health and financial nightmare. I will pass this along to our legislatures for the future stimulus measures that will need to be taken. I pray that we get through this pandemic and become a kinder, more compassionate world. Please stay safe and healthy.

  9. Jane,

    Thank you for your tireless work to empower people – I greatly admire all that you do. Many of us are furloughed or face financial and health related issues- you show great strength in this uncertain time. Thank you.

  10. Hi Jane,
    When discussing Covid-19 and or the climate crisis what do you believe has been the best and most effective approach to engage and really convince someone that this is a VERY serious situation?
    I’m currently in Tennessee and not enough people are heeding the warnings from the CDC!
    Just as sad and infuriating- there’s not much of a movement, that I’ve seen, here for climate! My apartment building doesn’t even offer recycling options which is wild to me! Where I grew up recycling was pretty mandatory by our city!

    Thanks again! VERY much enjoyed the online Fire Drill Friday 🔥✊🏻✌🏻

    Also: 100% acetone will take the acrylic off 💕

    • Wow, Alyssa, I;m so sorry and aghast that people there aren’t taking it –COVIUD-19 and the climate crisis–seriously. I will wager it’s because they only watch FOX News. I guess I would say to a friend or relative who feels that way, “If you knew that getting the real facts, not from politicians but from doctors, nurses, experts, would save your life and/or the life of your family, wouldn’t you want to know what they’re saying?” and then I would try to get them to watch MSNBC or CNN or some other news outlet that is doing real reporting. Or, if you watch, tape it and show it to them…things you feel are really convincing. Tell them that doctors and nurses are dying because they don’t have protective gear. Hospitals are running out of beds and ventilators. This is happening right now.Rachel Maddow is good.

      • Thanks for the response. All my friends/family are pretty woke and just as outraged about all of this, thankfully. It’s the people I don’t know, the people I saw outside walking in groups from my window, or on Social media! Perhaps a lack of common sense? A lack of care? Maybe even a “fuck it” attitude? I’ll never understand. But how does one coax those people into reality?

        I still feels there’s hope. God I hope there is.

        • Some of them actually believe Covis-19 is a Democrat plot to destroy Trump. That’s what I heard Rev Jerry Falwell say yesterday when reopening his college.

          • I hope we can come back from this stronger than ever. I’ve never wished to be back in my home state more than now. Gov. Andy Beshear Has united the entire state of Kentucky ( from what I’ve heard ).

            Stay safe, Jane. Thanks for hearing all of us out and helping ! Look forward to Friday!

      • I’m in Tennessee and Alyssa is right – this state is doing a lousy job when it comes to COVID-19. Nashville bars did not want to close and actually raised a big stink. And yes – it’s a good ol’ Republican state – lots of FOX and Trump and that’s exactly why it’s not being taken seriously – after all folks – it’s going to “disappear like a miracle”. 🙄 We must ADVOCATE for CHANGE every chance we get – we can’t count on our government to do what is right and protect us – we have to be loud and united and put the pressure on them now more than ever!!✊

        Jane – an email was sent to you through Debi…🤔

        • I agree! Good to know there are other like minded people out there! It’s very concerning that just yesterday I went outside to roller skate by myself and a lady with her small child started to come up to me to talk! ( I never booked it so fast in my life ). Ugh!!!!

        • Sorry I’m commenting a lot! But Jane & Heather:

          I just got word that at least 5 well know bars in downtown Nashville are still bringing in bands as large as 6+ members for tips!!! Just to stream live!!! This is wild! I wonder if the governor or mayors are even doing anything at this point!!!

          • Alyssa – and then Nashville wonders why their numbers are growing – it’s a hot mess!! I love that you “booked it” on those skates! Folks really need to take all of this seriously!! COVID19 hasn’t even reached its peak yet….stay safe gal!

  11. Hi! I´m Ana, I’m 19 and I’m from Portugal. I’m on my 2nd year of pharmaceutical sciences, so I take this Covid-19 pandemic really serious and I salute you for taking a stand to help soften down this pandemic!

    I’m quarantined for almost a month now (I’ve been in prophylactic isolation for 2 weeks since a girl from my class contracted the virus, but, thank God, it was nothing) and during this time I’ve been catching up on movies and documentaries.
    Among all those movies I saw “the book club” and I found you so empowering and fierce that I wanted to know a little more about you. And so I did. I started to watch your movies and your interviews and I immediately realized you were not just another pretty face! I saw your documentary and let me say, I was so amazed! Your journey, your strength, your way to look at life, the way you’re committed to the truth and the planet, how you keep going and pushing and never settle.

    In one of those interviews I learnt about this website, and here I am! I am so glad that someone is fighting and I definitely want to help, just not sure how yet, given my location, age…(?)

    I’m so glad I “discovered” you! I relate to you in so many ways and feel like I can learn so much from your experience! You certainly did inspire and empower me! I admire and respect you so much, definitely a woman I look up to! I truly hope that I get to meet you some day and thank you with a big hug!

    All the best wishes,

    Ana <3

    PS: I might have been working out with you for the last 2 weeks and may or may not (definetly am) be sore out of my life ahah, but I feel so good afterwards! Also: Grace and Frankie? YESSSS

    • Welcome to my online community, Ana. Glad to hear from you. I do my own writing and answering so this is me, not someone else. What I don;t know how to do it actually post my blog/facebook, etc. I write and someone else posts. I did a post for Tik Toc yesterday. I love Portugal. xx

  12. I think it’s great that you do that! Definitely going to check it out!
    I love it too ahah, It’s a small country but it´s so beautiful and friendly (and we do have the best food), hope you pay us a visit sometime! 😘

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