Improving essential jobs will help us avoid future pandemics

“Future pandemics are indeed a risk. We should be planning for the next pandemic now, even as we strive to overcome this one. Increasing wages for essential workers, improving benefits, bolstering our public health system, and addressing the causes of chronic disease will provide far more enduring protection than perpetuating suburban density living.” https://www.dailycamera.com/2020/06/06/guest-opinion-claire-levy-restricting-housing-density-not-the-answer-to-preventing-future-pandemics/

Improving essential jobs will help us avoid future pandemics

Future pandemics are indeed a risk. We should be planning for the next pandemic now, even as we strive to overcome this one. Increasing wages for essential workers, improving benefits, bolstering our public health system, and addressing the causes of chronic disease will provide far more enduring protection than perpetuating suburban density living. https://www.dailycamera.com/2020/06/06/guest-opinion-claire-levy-restricting-housing-density-not-the-answer-to-preventing-future-pandemics/

I support diversity.

Claire Levy: Diverse representation is critical I applaud Elise Jones, Deb Gardner and Cindy Domenico for pointing out in a Camera guest opinion the overwhelming whiteness of elected officials throughout Boulder County’s history. I care deeply about working towards racial equity and am encouraged to see wide support for that value. I am aware that the privilege I have as a white woman has given me advantages throughout my life. In many …

On the 18th anniversary of 9/11 . . .

We have been living under siege. But the source of that siege is domestic, and it emanates from racism, nationalism, xenophobia and other manifestations of cultural insecurity and intolerance.

Wages aren’t keeping up with living expenses

“. . . . Another revealing fact from Overlooked & Undercounted: populations of color in Colorado disproportionately experience inadequate income, with Latino/a households reporting the highest rate of inadequate income (47 percent), followed by African Americans (46 percent). That’s compared to 21 percent of white households.

“If anyone thinks that we have left persistent racism behind us, I think you just need to look at these data, and they tell a different story,” said Levy.

Statement about systemic racism

I’ve been on a journey to learn about my white privilege for several years. It has been hard work but it has been rewarding.

Finding scarce money for affordable housing

By Brian Eason, Colorado Sun, June 10, 2019 Affordable housing advocates had a problem entering the 2019 session: No matter how large Colorado’s state budget became, they just couldn’t compete for dollars with the seemingly insatiable demands of schools, roads and health care. So Claire Levy, a former state budget writer turned policy advocate, sought out money in a place few others bothered to look: the state’s “lost and found.” …

Guest opinion article in the Denver Post on Broken Bail System

Colorado is in the midst of a jail crisis. Across the state, jails are overcrowded, with several jails operating at 150 percent capacity with deplorable conditions. Yet the majority of people in those jails have not been convicted — they have been accused of a crime and are deemed to be innocent in the eyes of the law. Many will ultimately be exonerated. Many who are convicted will be sentenced …

Guest opinion article about aging prisoners.

A grizzled man politely stopped me as I left my office in Denver. He asked if I knew of a church nearby. He was sober and was asking for help, not money. He offered some context for his question. He had just been released after 25 years in prison, he explained. He had found a place to spend the night, but he didn’t have the $16 he needed to stay …