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Alder Tag Evers

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Alder Tag Evers

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2329 Keyes Ave
Madison , WI 53711

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Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Evers’ Blog

COVID-19 Update: Staying The Course

March 27, 2020 10:07 PM

Hi Everyone.

"Our grandparents were asked to go to war. We're being asked to stay at home and sit on the couch."

You've probably seen this meme on the internet. It's funny and makes a point. But it's not really accurate. Not everyone who went to war in the past was simply asked. Many were conscripted, especially those in lower economic classes.

But more to the point, we're not all staying home in this hour of need. Not by a long shot. There are so many on the front lines, leaving the safety of their homes in service to the rest of us. Health care workers, first responders, bus drivers, grocery store clerks, and so many more working long hours.

Health care workers here in Madison are preparing for the worst, and that's where we all come in. Abiding by the stay-at-home order, practicing deliberate social distancing, we're not passive participants in this fight.

By staying in, we slow the spread of the virus, flattening the curve and preventing our hospitals from being overwhelmed. 

Many are paying a heavy price, having lost jobs. Sitting on a couch under those circumstances feels like collateral damage, and it is. Every one is paying a price, some more than others.  

(It's interesting that workers in countries like Denmark and Belgium are not nearly as vulnerable during this worldwide crisis. They're not losing sleep or afraid of what happens next. We passed a $2.2 trillion bill in large part because our safety net has so many holes in it. It's time to fix the structural inequality in our country so that we're better able as a country to take care of our own.)

The isolation is hard to bear, and we counteract it by reaching out to each other via FaceTime, holding meetings on Zoom, staying in touch with each other in a myriad of ways. Some of you are teachers, preparing for this new world of distance learning. My heart goes out to you all.

We're moved to acts of kindness. When out for a walk this morning, I caught up with a friend. She shared how she and her husband had discontinued the service of their house cleaner, understandably, and were now doing these chores on their own. They have continued paying their house cleaner regardless. "It just seemed like the right thing to do."

I've seen hearts chalked on sidewalks, and am thrilled by your rainbows in windows. I've heard you clap in unison expressing thanks to health care workers. I've had many of you reach out to me, asking what you can do. Opening your hearts, opening your pocketbooks, doing what needs to be done.

We will need to do more. This will not be over by Easter, and it may not be done by April 24, when Gov. Evers' order expires.  It took a full two months in China to suppress the virus in Wuhan, where it first broke out, and their lockdown was much more disciplined and more severe than ours.

But we will get through this, and that's the point. 

We don't react in fear, we respond in love. That's how we win this war.

If you have questions or concerns, or an act of kindess you wish to celebrate, please email me at district13@cityofmadison.com.

Be safe. Be well. Be kind.

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