The People’s Parity Project led a coalition of fourteen organizations, including the National Women’s Law Center, the National Education Association, Young Invincibles, and Americans for Financial Reform, to call on Congress to reject Mitch McConnell’s plan to provide sweeping immunity from lawsuits to universities and other corporations that recklessly put the lives of workers, students, and customers at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter, sent on December 4th, follows months of activism by law students. Student have called on Congress to reject corporate immunity because it would make it impossible to hold universities and other corporations accountable if they refuse to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of students and workers — potentially leading to a surge of the virus and forcing schools to shut down again. Students have also emphasized that this is a racial justice issue: on many campuses, school staff are predominantly Black and Brown workers who are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis, and who
would be at extreme risk if campuses re-open without reasonable safety measures in place.

The full text of the letter can be found below.

LOCKED_ Student COVID-19 Liability Shield Letter (2)