IU establishes Pandemic Health Disparities Fund; committee work begins

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — From the time COVID-19 took hold in the United States, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that the disease disproportionally burdens people of color in terms of hospitalization and death rates.

To help address these health disparities among Black and Hispanic communities, Indiana University is immediately establishing specific programs related to public health and safety measures for these populations at IU. Efforts include special screening and testing, mental health services and broader student wellness programs for Black and Hispanic students returning for the fall semester.


Southern Indiana Health Officials Ramp Up Outreach to Minority Communities

A rise in coronavirus cases among Southern Indiana minority populations is prompting local health officials to take a more focused approach in combating the disease.

Lillian Rose, who serves hundreds of immigrants across the region at the Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana, said there’s a lot about the spread of COVID-19 in the community that’s unknown — including reliable numbers about how many Hispanic residents have become infected or died from coronavirus.


Miles en la calle protestan el exceso de fuerza policial, especialmente en contra de minorías y en protesta por la muerte de George Floyd

June 5, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: A protester holds a sign while listening to participating in the Enough! march and protest in solidarity with Minneapolis to mourn the killing of George Floyd by police, Friday, June 5, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. Several thousand attended a rally in Dunn Meadow at Indiana University, before marching to the country courthouse where more more speakers spoke. (Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)


Virus cases rising in local Hispanic community

While African Americans are affected more so, the number of cases among Hispanics is on the rise.

“there’s a cluster of people working for a common employer, but there are also a lot of families,” said Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County Health Department.

Health officials have refused to name the employer, but are monitoring the situation.


Protesters Rally Across Indiana For Immigrant Worker Rights During Pandemic

Demonstrators hang a banner from a car before the protest in Elkhart, Indiana. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)

Protesters across the state gathered in car caravans Friday in response to claims of “rampant workplace exploitation” of undocumented workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re demanding driver’s licenses, protection from deportation and access to stimulus aid packages.


Bloomington Immigration lawyer sets up practice in Dubois County

HUNTINGBURG — Immigration lawyer Christine Popp travels from Bloomington to Dubois County to help immigrants with legal matters.

She has an office on Fourth Street in Huntingburg, and currently comes for appointments. She also takes calls and emails from her clients.

“It’s a very uncertain time right now with immigration,” she said, “so this is a really pressing need. I didn’t think at first of actually opening this office. But as time went on, the more I thought about it, it just seemed like a really good fit for me.”


Ivy Tech to Host Free Talk on Immigration

(BLOOMINGTON) – Angela D. Adams, owner and managing attorney at Adams Immigration Law LLC, will give the keynote address at Ivy Tech’s Diversity Speaker Series event, “Breaking Immigration Barriers,” on Wednesday, Feb.19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Shreve Hall at Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus. The event is free and open to the public.


County council forwards request for information on local ICE policies to Monroe County’s sheriff

In the councilors, IJTF found a group that appeared mostly supportive of their view that the county sheriff should not be helping ICE to identify and apprehend people who are suspected of a possible civil infraction. That’s the category of legal violation to which immigration violations belong, Christie Popp, a local immigration attorney with IJTF, told the council.


2019 The Year of the Farmers’ Market Controversy

This fall, the Purple Shirt Brigade handed out postcards at the Farmers’ Market for people to write about how white supremacy in the market makes them feel. The cards would be sent to Mayor John Hamilton. This card was signed by ‘Peter E Diezel.’ In April, the Chicago Sun-Times website reported an Indiana man identified as Peter Diezel was associated with Identity Evropa and posted tweets defending Adolf Hitler. | Courtesy photo

Looking back, the antiracist and antifascist activists who have worked to air this issue have been stunningly successful. Besides the City of Bloomington, other entities have held multiple community forums to wrestle with it. Countless exchanges among area residents have taken place online and offline, in the open and behind closed doors. Local media — Indiana Public Media, Indiana Daily Student, WFHB, The Bloomingtonian, B Square Beacon, The Herald-Times — have followed this upheaval. It has even appeared on the national radar, ranging from the progressive left (The Nation) to the extreme right (National Vanguard) to the middle-of-the-road (Newsweek) — including the front page of the New York Times, arguably the most influential mainstream U.S. newspaper.

Scattered across the conversations and coverage are the experiences of people of color. What would it mean to place their perspectives at the center of our reflection and think outward from there? To acknowledge them seriously and meaningfully? Might we come away with a fresh understanding of the stakes involved that could prove useful for moving the city past this deadlock?