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#CancelRent One Letter at a Time

May 26, 2020

In March, as the spread of COVID-19 across large swaths of the US effectively shuttered much of the country’s economy, millions of newly unemployed were left wondering how they would be able to pay rent. Some cities, such as Los Angeles, where nearly 60 percent of residents are renters, imposed COVID-related prohibitions on evictions. LA’s eviction moratorium required that renters who had lost jobs due to the pandemic notify their landlords in writing that they would be unable to pay rent.


Upcoming Events

2020 Jun 01

U.S. Foreign Policy and China

6:00pm to 7:00pm


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Join the Ash Center and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a virtual event featuring:

  • Lucy Hornby, a fellow at the Nieman Center for Journalism and former Beijing deputy bureau chief for the Financial Times

  • Yasheng Huang, MIT professor of international management

  • Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, HKS, Ash Center Director

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2020 Jun 04

Democracy, Pandemic, and How We Move Forward



Virtual event

Join the Ash Center for a International Festival of Arts and Ideas event. Former Connecticut Secretary of State Miles Rapoport will moderate a conversation with political commentator and author Heather McGhee, political activist and CEO of Voto Latino María Teresa Kumar, and political scholar Archon Fung, all of whom have spent their lives working to strengthen our democracy. Together they will explore the question: Where do we go from here?

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2020 Jun 10

A New Deal During COVID-19: A Million-Person Health Corps?

12:00pm to 1:00pm


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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a large toll on public health and the economy. Several leading thinkers have proposed a massive public jobs program, reminiscent of the New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration, that would hire hundreds of thousands who need employment to both fight COVID-19 and enhance health care in the United States.

Alan Khazei, founder of City Year, Be the Change, and current candidate for Congress, co-authored a proposal for an enormous “...

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