Kamala Harris
**FILE** Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks after accepting the NNPA's 2018 Newsmaker of the Year Award on Capitol Hill during Black Press Week. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D), along with the National Wildlife Federation and others aligned with the final installment of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Virtual Brain Trust series, will host “Water Justice in a Global Pandemic,” from 3 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. ET Thursday.

In addition to Harris, featured remarks during the virtual event will be provided by Monica Lewis-Patrick, president and CEO of We the People of Detroit; Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice program; Dr. Afia Zakiya, senior fellow at the CBCF’s Water Infrastructure and Workforce Development, and others.

The coronavirus health crisis has highlighted the urgency to address water justice and equity issues across the nation. In July, Harris announced the Water Justice Act which would invest $250 billion into three main facets of our nation’s water infrastructure: safe water, affordable water, and sustainable water.

Because cities around the nation continue to face challenges providing affordable and quality water for residents in an equitable, sustainable manner, race has become a strong predictor of inequitable water and sanitation services, as well as the ability to afford these essential services, the

The Virtual Brain Trust will discuss what’s needed to shape congressional funding to address water justice, equity, and affordability issues beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

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