Here and Now: The first National Black Voter Day, Black-owned business initiative

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Here and Now: 1st National Black Voter Day, Black-owned business initiative
In this episode of Here and Now, we discuss the first-ever National Black Voter Day -- an effort to motivate people of color in the fight against systematic racism -- and a new initiative to increase the number of Black-owned businesses in New York City.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- On this episode of Here and Now, The first-ever National Black Voter Day is an effort to motivate people of color to fight against systematic racism.

Also, we take a look behind the small percentage of Black people working in Silicon Valley, and what needs to be done to open more doors in the tech industry.

For children and their families coping with a serious illness, the Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home, providing a sense of normalcy and easy close access to life-saving care.

Over its 40-year history, the Ronald McDonald House in New York has served nearly 60,000 pediatric cancer patients and their families.

President and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House, New York, Dr. Ruth Browne, speaks about the organization's services.

Plus, a report by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the coronavirus has shut down 41% of Black-owned businesses.

As part of New York City's commitment to helping Black businesses survive the pandemic and close the racial wealth gap, the city is launching four new programs for Black business owners.

Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Owners, Jonnel Doris, explains more about the first-of-its-kind initiative.

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