What happened in Wisconsin yesterday was a travesty. Our fellow citizens were forced to make an impossible choice that no one should ever have to make in a democracy: Put your health and your family’s health at risk by casting a ballot or stay home and have your voice silenced.
Let me be clear: Wisconsin’s gerrymandered legislature and the state Supreme Court put Wisconsinites in this unconscionable position. They abdicated their sworn duty to keep citizens of the state safe and to ensure fair elections, all so conservatives could win a state Supreme Court seat that was on the ballot yesterday.
But Wisconsin won’t be the last state where gerrymandered legislatures elevate their political interests above the health and safety of their constituents.
The problem is much bigger than Wisconsin, Sula. It extends to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to push back Wisconsin’s absentee ballot deadline. As Justice Ginsberg wrote in her dissent, “the court’s order, I fear, will result in massive disenfranchisement.”
The fact is, Wisconsin is a microcosm of the nation. Politicians in a number of other gerrymandered states are working to limit safe voting options like vote-at-home and extended early voting.
We’re fighting back, Sula. This moment is a test for our democracy and we can’t let politicians who are bound and determined to silence the will of the people hold on to power. But I need your help. Can you make a donation to protect our elections in 2020 and ensure an end to gerrymandering in 2021?
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Understanding the different options of SBA Assistance Loans
On April 3rd, 2020 the SBA (Small Business Administration) opened its system to receive applications for the most aggressive stimulus package to protect jobs and businesses during COVID-19 pandemic, the so called PPP (Paycheck Protection Program). However, PPP is only one of the programs available to Small Businesses with less than 500 employees.
The SBA is offering different relief options to assist businesses in the US and we have summarized them for you on the attachment.
The unprecedented stimulus package includes forgivable loans, long-term repayment period (up to 30 years), no fees, no collateral in some cases and ultra low interest rates. Some programs are available directly on the SBA website and other programs are offered via financial institutions. Please open the attachment to see which program is adequate to your business.
Timing is of the essence as funds will be available on a first come, first serve basis and are limited.
We understand this process could be overwhelming and we are here to assist. Please count on us in compiling or reviewing the application and reviewing your employer credit, once the loan is approved. We may also guide you in determining which SBA loan is best option for you or your company.
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As a result of the Governor’s mandate that we all stay home to slow the spread COVID-19, the IC campus has been very quiet. There are however, a number of tenants working on critical COVID-19 response efforts that offer inspiration to us and that we wanted to share with you.
We hosted a webinar on the CARES Act and other resources for small businesses to deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Give back + support small business with purchases: Swatch hub is creating personalized face masks, while Standard Wormwood Distillery + Barrows Intense are both producing hand sanitizer, with some profits being donated to local bars. And for your grocery and food needs, there are some IC vendors that can fill those orders!