Weekly Advocacy Alert, August 12: Push for Federal Relief

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Weekly Advocacy Alert, August 12: Push for Federal Relief

 

Federal

  1. Relief still hasn’t arrived. Tell your representatives what you need:
    1. ACT for Arts Relief:

    2. ACT for PPP and Small Businesses:

    3. Speak up for Reparations:

  2. Updates on Federal:
     
    1. Executive Actions: The president signed four executive orders that included a moratorium on evictions, deferring student loan debt to 2021, extending unemployment benefits at $400 a week and requiring states to cover 25%, and cutting payroll taxes. The legality of these actions is up for debate, and cutting payroll taxes will have massive consequences for social security and Medicare.
    2. PPP Loan Forgiveness: The PPP Loan Forgiveness application is now open. See SBA’s instructions for more information.

New York State

  1. Budget Cuts – check on your legislators: 

  2. EXTENDED Eviction Moratorium:

  3. EXTENDED Unemployment:

    • a??a??Traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI) usually lasts 26 weeks, but has been extended 13 weeks through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program (PEUC), plus 20 weeks through the Extended Benefits program (EB).
    • Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PUI) recipients are not eligible for PEUC or EB, but PUE benefits have been extended from 39 weeks to 46 weeks.
    • Certify weekly for unemployment online or by calling 1-888-581-5812 (for UI) or 1-833-324-0366 (for PUA).
  4. NYS Cultural Spaces Reopening Taskforce:

    • NYSCA is working with the Flexible Multidisciplinary Cultural Spaces Taskforce to support venue reopening. Fill out their survey to help their taskforce.
  5. Updates on COVID:

    • NYS COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a new low August 9th, only 535 total. The percent of positive tests continues to hover around 1%. To maintain these low numbers, New Yorkers must continue to practice social-distancing, regular hand-washing, and wearing masks.
    • NYS Office of Mental Health’s new initiative Coping Circles is a free, volunteer-run support group for New Yorkers age 18+ affected by COVID-19. Sign up here.

New York City

  1. Spread the word:

  2. Policy and Advocacy for Artists:

    • New Yorkers for Culture & Arts is hosting a conversation with independent artists to discuss their policy and advocacy needs. Sign up here.
  3. COVID-19 Testing:


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