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Crisis affects every community differently, and COVID-19 is no different. One’s experience of the crisis will look completely different from another’s. We can all be mindful of this as we look to support those around us during this trying time.
COVID-19 Infections in Diverse Communities:
The COVID Racial Data Tracker: This project began when Ibram X. Kendi, the executive director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote a series of essays in The Atlantic about the urgent need to gather demographic information to understand the outbreak and protect vulnerable communities. The federal government’s failure to assemble this data has left it to others to produce this resource for journalists, researchers, advocates, and the public.
Resources for bookstore owners and staff:
Voices on COVID-19 and Diverse Communities:
Financial assistance opportunities for diverse business owners:
For more assistance:
Contact any member of ABA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee or reach out to ABA if there are ways we can help. In addition, remember to take care of yourself and others; read through these mental health strategies and tips.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.
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