In this special episode of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Disinvested podcast, the foundation examines how the COVID-19 crisis has exposed longstanding racial and economic disparities across the country, and what we can do to rebound from the pandemic as a stronger and more resilient country.

According to Hartford Foundation President Jay Williams, the initial purpose of the Disinvested podcast was to tell the story of the resilience of an American city and how we can build a stronger and more inclusive community from the ground up.

“The COVID-19 public health and economic crises and recent protests calling for social justice have shined a spotlight on the systemic disparities based on race/ethnicity, zip code and income,” Williams said. “There are disparities that have existed for generations but have not been met by the urgency required to make real change. As we look to rebuild and create a new normal, we have the opportunity to tackle issues that have been ignored for far too long. This series discusses some of the work needed to create a more equitable and prosperous future for all of us.”

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In order of appearance, Episode 8 features:

• Christine Stuart, Editor and Journalist, CT News Junkie

• Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Journalist, CT Mirror

• Jason Rojas, State Rep. for Connecticut’s 9th Assembly District, representing East Hartford and Manchester

• Jay Williams, President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

• Dr. Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin / author of “The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr”

• Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator of the landmark 1619 Project

• Cortney Sanders, policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

• Binyamin Appelbaum, lead writer on business and economic issues, NY Times editorial board

The previous seven episodes of Disinvested are available for listening below: