What we're about
We want every person to take bold action in advancing and expanding fair and inclusive COVID response legislation for The People, with an urgent emphasis on the extension of the FPUC $600/wk payments in full. We offer tools and talking points to make it easy. We want every person informed and well spoken on this issue, as well as empowered and supported in taking action that makes a difference. This is a community problem and it is not unsolvable.
We especially want to encourage our industry (Arts and Entertainment) to use the microphone at our feet to make demands for our own needs, but also for the needs of all of the people who don’t have the same access.
WE WANT SENATORS TO:
1. First and foremost, extend the full $600/week FPUC (which expired July 25) until the pandemic is over. Tiering off of the payments should not start until the national emergency is over and the unemployment rate is close to its usual 3%. None of the proposed “compromises” on this are acceptable and the "Executive Order" isn't feasible.
2. Extend PUA until the pandemic is over and further expand who is eligible for UI. Give unemployment benefits to job seekers and working people, including immigrants, who have been excluded. Correct the issues that mixed income earners face in not recieving the proper amount of UI. We also recognize that UI has been designed to exclude BIPOC and we aim to challenge racism in the UI system.
3. Fund and support states’ government agencies to strengthen their unemployment systems so they may process backlogged and new claims immediately.
4. Offer comprehensive and retroactive relief to front-line and essential workers and implement hazard pay and protections.
5. Offer comprehensive long term relief for the arts, entertainment, and live events industries which employ millions of people who will not be able to return to work until face-to-face industries are able to operate at standard capacity, insurance brokers are able to cover them, and audience members feel safe to attend.
6. Extend health care relief including:
100% subsidy for the COBRA program to protect workers’ healthcare, and extension of eligibility to 36 months.
Expansion of Medicaid and requiring, not just allowing, all states to extend Medicaid coverage for COVID-19 testing to the uninsured.
A continued open enrollment period until the pandemic is over for all people to access or change their health insurance based on their new financial situations.
7. Allow all non-profits fair access to government economic support in the Paycheck Protection Program – including labor unions, and provide proportional relief to heavily affected industries like Live Events and Entertainment.
8. Offer comprehensive rent and mortgage relief.
9. Expand and extend PPP and also support legislation including the RESTART and SaveOurStages Acts that aims to save small businesses, including venues, that are hardest hit by the pandemic and not adequately assisted by the current PPP. Offer further EIDL and PPP support to independent contractors and freelancers.
10. Provide an actionable response to the COVID-19 pandemic that actually flattens the curve and reins in states who are losing control. This should include widespread testing and tracing.
We want empathy and leadership from
the American government during a global pandemic.
Weird, we know.
WHO WE ARE
Our 100% Volunteer Based effort
ExtendPUA.org was created by two members of the entertainment industry who are currently unemployed due to COVID-19 and are relying on the FPUC $600 to pay their bills. We noticed despair, but little individual momentum, around the FPUC expiration and wanted to offer a resource for people to easily take clear and informed actions. In our research around the $600, we learned more about the overwhelming inequity of the system and we aim to change that too.
We are joined by a team of incredible collaborators, most of whom are also members of the entertainment industry.
This doesn’t happen without them.
We stand in solidarity with the over 30 million people who are unemployed.
Oh. And we want everyone to wear a mask.
Thank you for being a part of the movement.