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By Leaps & Bounds: Normal Was Never Enough

First Steps Kent

Salvador Lopez is our guest

We’re all longing to get back to normal. But normal for whom? What has normal looked like for young BIPOC children? Discrimination, disproportionate poverty and unemployment, lack of investment, and policies that perpetuate disparities have led to a normal that does not provide equal opportunities for young children in our community. A rush back to normal is a return to longstanding and persistent inequities that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and further exposed by the increased focus on racial justice.

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The purpose of the “Normal Was Never Enough” campaign is to raise critical awareness, and ultimately policy change, around racialized disparities facing BIPOC children, ages 0-5, in Kent County such as low birth weight, wealth gaps, homelessness, and more. Here to discuss is Salvador Lopez, President of KConnect. For more information, visit: www.normalwasneverenough.org or k-connect.org/2021/02/normal/

Shelley Irwin is the host and producer for The WGVU Morning Show, a newsmagazine talk-show format on the local NPR affiliate Monday through Friday. The show, broadcast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. features a wide variety of local and national newsmakers, plus special features.
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