July 10, 2020

July 21 – Low-Wage Workers: The Pandemic’s Forgotten

By Kurt Gardinier

Our local economy depends on thousands of low-wage workers, but many lost their job when the pandemic shut the region down, and they were unable to pay their rent. Now, rent protection has expired in Virginia, and it is set to expire soon in D.C. and Maryland. Are we at the cusp of seeing a massive increase in evictions and homelessness?

To feed themselves and their families, these workers often rely on food pantries, many of which are running out of food. And if you lost your job, you probably lost your health insurance (if it was even offered).

Join Kojo for a live, online panel discussion on Tuesday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. for an in-depth conversation about low-wage workers.

This event is free, but to participate you must pre-register by 5 p.m. on July 21. Tickets are limited, and available on a first come, first served basis. All registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to our virtual event on Zoom.  

This event will be recorded and an edited version will be aired on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Tuesday, July 28.

If you have questions, please contact us at events@wamu.org or connect with us on social media @kojoshow.

Kojo In Your Community is a series of live events aimed at providing area residents with a forum to ask questions, make comments and share the view from their neighborhoods. We’re now bringing them to you in a virtual setting with discussions that focus on surviving — and thriving — during the current public health crisis.