COVID-19 Social and Political Analyses

New Politics lists on this page a number of what we consider to be important social and political analyses as well as political statements concerning COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic. Those who seek guidance for dealing with the health issues should see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website and get in contact with their local government’s public health department or office of emergency management.

We update this list on a regular basis, but all articles are posted in chronological order. If you re looking for articles on a particular issue we recommend that you search our list by word, such as “agriculture,” “worker,” “women,” “Brazil,” and so on.

APRIL 2020

  • *Elie Mystal, “The Men Pushing to Open the Economy Clearly Don’t Need Child Care,The Nation, April 30, 2020. There’s no way to send people back to work without providing safe, affordable child care, but the men in charge don’t seem to care.”
  • *Dayna Long interviews Dr. Greg Gelembiuk, “Reopening Requires Science,” Red Madison, April 30, 2020.Dr. Gelembiuk is a scientist in Madison and a member of the Community Response Team, which seeks to reduce police use of force and to establish more oversight and accountability over police. He was appointed to the Police Department Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee in 2019.”
  • Zita Holbourne, “Coronavirus and its impact on Black communities,” RS21, April 30, 2020. “In the rising coronavirus death toll, black and brown people in the UK are represented in disproportionate numbers, due to not only discrimination and poverty, but because they make up a sizeable amount of the frontline workforce working without adequate PPE.”
  • Jaisal Noor: interviews Ryan Grim of the Intercept, Dems’ Coronavirus Response Repeats Past Blunders,” The Real News, April 30, 2020.Sanders is out of the race, but the fight over the future of the Democratic part continues, says Ryan Grim, author of We’ve Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement.”
  • Robin Andersen, “A Pandemic Is Not a War,” FAIR, April 30, 2020. “The war metaphor positions the virus within an underlying set of cultural assumptions that are widely understood: War as a media frame is easily deployed because it’s so familiar. But the application of war metaphors only serves to mask what’s truly at stake.”
  • Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan, “The Fury of the Virus, the Folly of War,” April 30, 2020. Expresses support for United Nations Secretary General António Guterres’ call for a global cease fire during the pandemic.
  • Franck Gaudichaud and Alex G, “Between the October revolt and Covid-19 in Chile,” No Borders, April 30, 2020. A discussion of what happened to social movements in Chile and France with the coming of the pandemic.
  • Red Madison, April 30, 2020.Dr. Gelembiuk is a scientist in Madison. He is also a member of the Community Response Team, which seeks to reduce police use of force and to establish more oversight and accountability over police. He was appointed to the Police Department Policy & Procedure Review Ad Hoc Committee in 2019.”
  • Mark Mazzetti, Julian E. Barnes, Edward Wong and Adam Goldman, “Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs,The New York Times, April 30, 2020. “Some analysts are worried that the pressure from senior officials could distort assessments about the coronavirus and be used as a weapon in an escalating battle with China.”
  • *Eric Gunn, “Covid-19 outbreaks highlight meatpacking plant conditions,” April 30, 2020. “Advocates decry Trump order to keep industry going, downplaying safety concerns.”
  • Harold Meyerson, Ruth Milkman, Nelson Lichtenstein, Mike Elk, David Weil, Lande Windham, Stephen Lerner, and Steven Greenhouse, “The Future of Labor in Post-Pandemic America: An American Prospect symposium,” American Prospect, April 29, 2020. “The Prospect asked seven labor historians, journalists, and strategists to give us their thoughts on how workers and their movements will fare in the months and years ahead, and their proposals for what workers’ movements should be doing—not just for their current members but, primarily, for the millions more non-members who’ve won the nation’s admiration and sympathy but still lack the power to significantly improve their lot.”
  • Mike Downham, “Act now or this will happen again,” RS21, April 29, 2020. “The avoidable devastation caused by Covid-19 is teaching us crucial lessons about the struggle for climate justice, argues Mike Downham. Action now can save lives and prevent even worse catastrophes in the future.”
  • Dave Gibson, Laura Thompson, Clara Jeffery, James Wes, “Trump’s 100 Days of Deadly Coronavirus Denial,” Mother Jones, “April 29, 2020. What the next few months will bring is unclear, but a look back at the first 100 days of America’s coronavirus crisis clearly shows the consequences of the president’s lack of preparation, seriousness, and empathy.
  • Dayton Martindale, “A Federal Jobs Program for Contact Tracing,” In These Times, April 29, 2020. “To safely reopen the economy, we need a public health corps. Here’s how to build it.”
  • C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky, “Chomsky: COVID-19 Has Exposed the US Under Trump as a ‘Failed State’,Truthout, April 29, 2020. “The label “failed state” has started to fit the U.S. like a glove as the COVID-19 national health crisis continues to reveal the structural flaws and weaknesses of the United States, argues world–renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky.”
  • Ed Wong, “Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing, The Atlantic, April 29, 2020. “A guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend.”
  • Ashley Smith interviews Eli Friedman, “Socialists Should Side With Workers — Not the Chinese or American Ruling Class,” Jacobin, April 29, 2020. Argues that in the coronavirus pandemic we should not be moved by either U.S. or Chinese propaganda but should support workers.
  • Dorothee Benz, “As Covid-19 Forces Emission Reductions, Media Offer Oil Industry Elegies,FAIR, April 29, 2020. “If you’re looking for corporate media to celebrate the good news of the drop in demand for oil, you will be disappointed.”
  • *Nouriel Roubini, “The Coming Greater Depression of the 2020s,” Project Syndicate, April 28, 2020. “While there is never a good time for a pandemic, the COVID-19 crisis has arrived at a particularly bad moment for the global economy. The world has long been drifting into a perfect storm of financial, political, socioeconomic, and environmental risks, all of which are now growing even more acute.”
  • Sean Petty, “Organizing COVID-19 Action Teams in New York Hospitals,Labor Notes, April 28, 2020. Explains how some NYSNA nurses “formed Contract Action Teams that recruited member-leaders in every hospital unit to distribute information, organize discussions, and mobilize for actions.”
  • Mike Elk, “Defying Trump’s Order , Nebraska Meatpackers Strike – PA National Guard Replaces Striking Nurses – Richmond Threatens to Fire Striking Bus Drivers,” Payday Report, April 28, 2020. An account of various strikes and threatened strikes.
  • *Tiffany Cabán, “This Crisis Demands an End to Mass Incarceration,” The Nation, April 28, 2020. “Prosecutors are in a unique position to flatten the curve.”
  • Justin Akers Chacón, “Beyond the Migra-State, Beyond Bordred Capitalism,” Spectre, April 28, 2020. “The Only Way Out of the Crisis Is to Fight for Open Borders.”
  • John Kirk, “Cuba’s Unique Model of Medical Internationalism,” The Bullet, April 28, 2020. Discusses the role of Cuba’s Henry Reeve Brigade in the coronavirus crisis and argues that Cuban doctors’ have economic motives as well as solidarity motives.
  • Michael Klare, “The Beginning of the End for Oil? Energy in a Post-Pandemic World,” Tom Dispatch, April 28, 2020.” So take a breath and, amid all the bad news pouring in about a deadly global pandemic, consider this: when it comes to energy, what was expected to take at least two decades in the IEA’s most optimistic scenario may now occur in just a few years.”
  • Maeve Higgins, “The Essential Workers America Treats as Disposable,” NYR Daily, April 27, 2020. Discusses the discrimination against undocumented immigrants in the pandemic and the difficulties they face.
  • Forrest Hylton, “Brazil’s Gravedigger-in-Chief,London Review of Books, April 27, 2020. An indictment of Jair Bolsonaro for his mishandling of the coronavirus crisis in Brazil.
  • No author, ‘How Historical Trauma And Structural Inequality Help Spread COVID-19,The Real News, April 27, 2020.. Video, no transcript. “Historical and generational trauma affect Black and other marginalized communities, and ongoing inequality is making the coronavirus pandemic worse among those groups.”
  • William Rivers Pitt, “Covid Deaths in US Will Soon Surpass Number of Americans Killed in Vietnam War,” Truthout, April 27, 2020. “It took five presidents — Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford — and more than 20 years to amass that body count [58,000] overseas. Donald Trump needed just four months to knock on the door of that grim milestone right here at home…”
  • Jim Tankersley, “Job or Health? Restarting the Economy Threatens to Worsen Economic Inequality,The New York Times, April 27, 2020. “The coronavirus recession has exacerbated the racial and income divides in America. Lifting restrictions too soon will make them worse and leave workers with a bleak choice.”
  • Dan La Botz, “An Evil King Rules an Afflicted Land: Coronavirus and the Depression in America,New Politics, April 26, 2020. The sense of governmental and business failure, still spreading with the virus across the country, must be having a significant impact on the American people’s consciousness, though it is still too early to know what this means for the future.”
  • Ella Koeze, Jugal K. Patel and Anjali Singhvi, “Where Americans Live Far From the Emergency Room,The New York Times, April 26, 2020. “As the coronavirus outbreak spreads into rural parts of the United States, more people who live far from a hospital are increasingly likely to need one….even a relatively small outbreak there could overwhelm medical resources, with potentially grim consequences for public health.”
  • Dilip Hiro, “The World Leadership Trophy: The Winner’s Prize in the Virus-Killer Race,Tom Dispatch, April 26, 2020. “Dilip Hiro is back with a pandemic chronology, as he says, “from hell,” one that is also distinctly a chronology of American decline. When this decline is over, who knows what kind of planet we’ll find ourselves on?”
  • Mike Ludwig, “Despite Covid-19, Trump Keeps on Gutting Protections for Workers,” Truthout, April 25, 2020. Documents the Trump administrations weakening of many workers protections.
  • Nina Eichacker, “Economic Reporting on Hardships of Pandemic Should Explore Market Failures,FAIR, April 25, 2020. “While we may allow for some progress in overall reporting on the social and economic needs in responding to an unprecedented medical, social and economic challenge, editorial boards and journalists for these and other publications should frame economic and public health problems in more structural and systemic terms going forward as they consider the scope of the pandemic.”
  • Morris Pearl, “Democrats Are Insulting American People by Repeatedly Saying ‘Next Time’ on Real Covid-19 Relief,” Common Dreams, April 24, 2020. “The challenges that millions of Americans are facing right now are real, life-threatening, and demand immediate, far-reaching action by our elected officials. It shouldn’t be too much to ask that they act like it.”
  • David Harvey, “We Need a Collective Response to the Collective Dilemma of Coronavirus,Jacobin, April 24, 2020. “The crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for us to think again about Marx’s idea of human freedom. As David Harvey writes in Jacobin, emergency steps to get through the crisis also show us how we could build a different society that’s not beholden to capital.”
  • Bill Resnick interviews Michael Friedman, “Covid-19 and Capitalism: the science and the social/economic context,” Solidarity, April 24, 2020. Discusses the climatic and environmental origins of the coronavirus and its development as well as the health issues and responses.
  • Jesse Drucker, “The Tax-Break Bonanza Inside the Economic Rescue Package,” The New York Times, April 24, 2020. “As small businesses and individuals struggle to obtain federal aid, the wealthiest are poised to reap tens of billions of dollars in tax savings.”
  • Dudley Paul, “Teachers’ Unions and Covid-19: Time to Step Up,” The Bullet, April 24, 2020. A discussion of the role that some U.S. and Canadian unions are laying in responding to the coronavirus crisis.
  • Khaled Abdul Rahman, “The political instrumentalization of the Covid-19 crisis in Egypt,Open Borders, April 24, 2020. “As of April 24, Egypt is reporting 3,659 coronavirus infections and 276 Covid-19 deaths. However, as this article shows, the government’s use of the crisis for its own political purposes casts doubt on the veracity of these figures.”
  • Elizabeth May, “Hospital Workers Like Me Are Waging a War Against Coronavirus. Where Is Our GI Bill?The Intercept, April 23, 2020. Suggests that hospital workers, veterans of the war on Covid-19, should receiving something like a GI Bill to help with education and housing.
  • Amy Krosch, “The Pandemic Could Lead to More Discrimination against Black People,” Scientific American, April 23, 2020. “African-Americans are already afflicted disproportionately by COVID-19, but economic collapse could make things even worse for them.”
  • Vladimir Safatle, “Get ready for war in Brazil,No Borders, April 23, 2020. “As of April 23, Brazil is reporting 46,182 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,924 Covid-19 deaths. No believes the numbers because there is little testing and sources estimate the real toll is at least twice as high and growing fast.”
  • No author, “Global unions call for recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease,” IndustriALL, April 23, 2020. “On the occasion of International Workers Memorial Day 2020, the global trade union movement is calling upon governments and occupational health and safety bodies around the world to recognise SARS-CoV-2 as an occupational hazard, and COVID-19 as an occupational disease.”
  • No Author, “Tunisian unions sign agreement over salaries in time of pandemic,” IndustriALL, April 23, 2020. “In a bid to support workers amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tunisian General Labour Union, UGTT, which shares affiliates with IndustriALL Global Union, signed an important agreement on 14 April with the employers’ organization UTICA and the ministry of social affairs to ensure that private sector workers get their full salaries for April.”
  • Sophie Pinkham, “The Challenge of Treating 2 Epidemics at Once,The Nation, April 23, 2020. “As overdose deaths climb, advocates and activists fear the opioid crisis will run headlong into the Covid-19 crisis.”
  • Various activists, “Black Lives Matter and COVID-19: An Activist Roundtable,” Rampant, April 23, 2020. “Antiracist activists and organizers from around the country describe what Black Lives Matter means in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
  • Danny Katch, “Their Money or Your Life,” Haymarket Books, April 23, 2020. A general discussion of the current situation concluding that we need a revolution.
  • Udi Ofer and Lucia Tian, “New Model Shows Reducing Jail Population will Lower COVID-19 Death Toll for All of Us,” ACLU News and Commentary, April 22, 2020.T”he ACLU partnered with epidemiologists, mathematicians and statisticians to create a first-of-its-kind epidemiological model that shows that as many as 200,000 people could die from COVID-19 — double the government estimate — if we continue to ignore incarcerated people in our public health response.”
  • Abdi Latif Dahir, “‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms,The New York Times, April 22, 2020. “The world has never faced a hunger emergency like this, experts say. It could double the number of people facing acute hunger to 265 million by the end of this year.”
  • Igor Derysh, “Banks face lawsuits after publicly traded corporations get $300M in coronavirus small business aid,” Salon, April 22, 2020. “Multiple class-action lawsuits allege big banks “prioritized corporate greed” by putting big firms first in line.”
  • Mike Davis, “Reopening the Economy Will Send Us to Hell,” Labor Notes, April 22, 2020. “…the threat ahead is mass immiseration and hunger on a scale unseen since 1933.”
  • Marc Steiner interviews Professor Bill Black, “The Second COVID-19 Bailout Still Won’t Be Enough,The Real News, April 22 2020. “Trump demands that states take the lead on COVID-19 response but won’t give federal support for local governments or workers, and is still fighting oversight for the trillions already spent on stimulus.”
  • Yves Smith, “The Coronavirus New Normal Has Only Started To Arrive,” Naked Capitalism, April 22, 2020. A discussion of various health and economic aspects of the current crisis.
  • Steve Downs, “Viewpoint: How to Save Transit Workers’ Lives,” Labor Notes, April 21, 2020. Criticizes past and current policies and makes recommendations.
  • Jin Wu, Allison McCann, Josh Katz and Elian Peltier, “28,000 Missing Deaths: Tracking the True Toll of the Coronavirus Crisis,” The New York Times, April 22, 2020. “…the total death numbers offer a more complete portrait of the pandemic, experts say, especially because most countries report only those Covid-19 deaths that occur in hospitals.?
  • David Miranda, Fernanda Melchionna, and Sâmia Bomfim, “Brazil fights multiple pandemics,No Borders, April 21, 2020. “The most recent and dramatic one is that of COVID-19. But the impact of the virus is exacerbated by epidemics of political authoritarianism, social inequality and violence, including gender violence, that punish the country, as an example of what occurs around the world.”
  • Elie Mystal, “These People Aren’t Freedom Fighters—They’re Virus-Spreading Sociopaths,” The Nation, April 21, 2020. The “liberate America” protesters claim they just want to make their own choices about their health and safety, but they really want to force others to risk their lives.
  • Jennifer Kahn, “How Scientists Could Stop the Next Pandemic Before It Starts,” The New York Times, April 21, 2020. “Researchers believe they could pre-emptively create vaccines and drugs to fight a wide range of viral threats — if they can get sufficient funding.”
  • Jaisal Noor, “Tea Party 2.0? Reopen Government Protests Linked To Right-Wing Donors,” The Real News, April 21, 2020. Video and text.The ongoing protests endanger public health, but are supported by Trump and may be funded by right-wing donors.”
  • Liz Theoharis, “Inequality and the Coronavirus: Or How to Destroy American Society From the Top Down,” Tom Dispatch, April 21, 2020. “In order to respond to such a crisis and the growing needs of millions, it’s important to first acknowledge the deeper history of injustice and pain that brought us all here.”
  • Alessandra Mezzadri, “A crisis like no other: social reproduction and the regeneration of capitalist life during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Developing Economics, April 20, 2020. “As the COVID-19 health crisis deepens, it looks increasingly clear that the short-term collapse in global output is likely to exceed that of any recession in the last 150 years – that is, in the entire history of capitalism….We may still be mourning our dead, but time seems to have come to discuss how we guarantee economic survival that, under capitalism, is based on production and work”.
  • Pierre Tristam, “American Carnage: How Donald Trump Is Killing Us,” FlaglerLive, Apri 20, 2020. “ We are moving from a natural disaster to a man-made one, from statistically unavoidable deaths to deaths willed by indifference, ignorance, selfishness, and the political calculations of a single man.”
  • Vanessa A. Bee, “Would We Have Already Had a COVID-19 Vaccine Under Socialism?In These Times, April 20, 2020. “Debunking the myth that capitalism drives innovation…. While capitalists insist innovation can only be driven by a profit motive, the advances made through public research tell a different story.
  • Jessy Ní Cheallaigh, “Ireland flattens the curve, but socialist policies needed,” No Borders, April 20, 2020. “Although the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar has received the lion’s share of international praise, health care workers, trade unions, social movements, and the socialist left have had to push every step of the way. “
  • Ken Barrios, “Empty the Prisons,Rampant, April 20, 2020. “The pandemic has exposed the depth of racism embedded in US society. The Left should center the struggle against mass incarceration and #FreeThemAll as a strategic priority.”
  • Wardah Khalid, “Corporate News Coverage of the Pandemic Is Rife With Islamophobia,” Truthout, April 19, 2020. “Mainstream media outlets need to be held accountable for perpetuating Islamophobia amid a pandemic.”
  • Woo Seoc-Gyun, “How South Korea flattened the curve, and who pays the bill,” No Borders, April 19, 2020. Woo Seoc-Gyun M.D., MPH, a physician specializing in public health and economics and a researcher at the Center for Health and Social Change (CHSC), discusses the situation in South Korea.
  • David Wallace-Wells, “The White House Has Erected a Blockade Stopping States and Hospitals From Getting Coronavirus PPE,” Intelligencer, April 19, 2020. “In a time of pandemic, having evacuated federal responsibility, the White House is functionally waging a war against state leadership and the initiative of local hospitals to secure what they need to provide sufficient treatment.”
  • G.N. Nithya, “Between the rock of the occupation, and the hammer of coronavirus,” The Bullet, April 19, 2020. “The Coronavirus and the Conditions of Palestinian Workers.”
  • Joe Evica, “Organizing for Real Safety and Security during ‘Safer at Home’,” Red Madison, April 19, 2020. “Besides practicing social distancing measures and adequate access to PPE, we must be collectively advocating for paid sick leave in the event anyone is our family gets sick, hazard pay for employees working with direct contact to the public, and additional flexibility and time off for families with children who are required to stay home as a result of the closure of schools and daycares.”
  • Jordan Humphreys, “‘Conventional capitalism is dying’: COVID-19, recession and the return of the state,” Marxist Left Review, Summer 2020 [became available mid-April, 2020. “The state isn’t going to retreat back into its corner once the initial shock has stabilised. As the economic historian Adam Tooze has put it, ‘the normal economy is never coming back.’.”
  • Shashikant Tripathi, “Capital’s dilemma: the conundrum of neoliberalism and Covid-19,” Counterfire, April 18, 2020. “Despite all the claims made by neoliberals, inequality, poverty, ecological and health crisis are the main concerns of the society even today. Most of it is a byproduct of cut throat competition, uncontrolled anthropocene activities and the animal spirit of capitalism.”
  • Victoria Law, “As Coronavirus Spreads Through Prisons, States Are Failing Incarcerated People,” Truthout, April 18, 2020. “As the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases climb inside the nation’s jails and prisons, incarcerated people and their family members fear for their lives. “
  • Ari Paul, “Covid-19 Speculation Goes From Margin to Center,” FAIR, April 17, 2000. “The fact that President Donald Trump attacked the official US state broadcasting outlet, Voice of America, as an organ of Chinese government propaganda (NPR, 4/10/20) is a testament to just how important anti-China rhetoric is to his political strategy in regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
  • *Karen Spring and Judy Ancel, “Corona Capitalism in Honduras,” Labor Notes, April 17, 2020. In Honduras companies such as Hanes, Gildan, and Fruit of the Loom and auto parts maker Empire Electronics have announced a two to four month shutdown and the government is failing to help workers.
  • Andrew Tillett-Saks, “‘All Union Members Are Hereby Fired’,” Labor Notes, April 17, 2020. Citing a decrease in orders because of Covid-19, Myan Mode garment factory in Yangon, Myanmar fired union workers but kept non-union workers and continued to run the plant.
  • John Feffer, “We’ve Reached Peak Trumpian Dystopia,” The Nation, April 17, 2020. “Can America survive Trump and the coronavirus?”
  • Editorial, “Bolsonaro fires Health Minister, genocidal plan targets Afro-Brazilians,” Esquerda Online, April 17, 2020. “Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s dismissal of Minister of Health Luiz Mandetta represents a hardening of the government’s deadly policy.” 
  • Hannah Gais, “Hate Groups and Racist Pundits Spew Covid-19 Misinformation on social Media Despire Companies’ Pledges to Combat It,” Southern Poverty Law Center, April 17, 2020. “Hate groups and racist pundits have pushed misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic on mainstream social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube throughout the crisis, despite companies pledging to fight fake news about the virus.”
  • Alfredo Saad-Filho, “Coronavirus, Crisis, and the End of Neoliberalism,” The Bullet, April 17, 2020. “Neoliberal capitalism has been exposed for its inhumanity and criminality, and COVID-19 has shown that there can be no health policy without solidarity, industrial policy and state capacity.”
  • Michael Grabell, Bernice Yeung and Maryam Jameel, “Millions of Essential Workers Are Being Left Out of COVID-19 Workplace Safety Protections, Thanks to OSHA,” ProPublica, April 16, 2020. “Even as the federal worker-safety agency has been inundated with complaints, it has rolled back safety standards and virtually eliminated non-health care workplaces from government protection.”
  • Patricia Cohen, “Straggling in a Good Economy, and Now Struggling in a Crisis,” The New York Times, April 16, 2020. “The coronavirus pandemic has shown how close to the edge many Americans were living, with pay and benefits eroding even as corporate profits surged.”
  • Tamara Pearson, “The Self-Centered Rich Country Response to Pandemics and Crises Is Wrecking Poor Countries,” Common Dreams, April 16, 2020. “Along with measures like rent freezes and guaranteeing workers’ rights, really addressing a global pandemic involves public health planning that cross borders and confronting global inequality and the climate crisis.”
  • Labor Notes Staff, “Nurses Across the U.S. Protest Dangerous Conditions and For-Profit Health Care,Labor Notes, April 16, 2020. “Nurse union activists organized actions at hospitals across the country yesterday, a national day of action to draw attention to how the U.S.’s profit-driven health care system is failing workers and patients alike.”
  • Janine Jackson interviews Mike Elk, “‘This Many Strikes Says That Something Fundamentally Is Changing in the Country’FAIR, April 16, 2020. “Janine Jackson interviewed Payday Report’s Mike Elk about frontline labor action for the April 10, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.”
  • Hina Tai, “A Covid-19 Vaccine Will Not Be Enough — We Need a Plan to Distribute It,” Truthout, April 16, 2020. “…historically, the greatest challenge is what comes after we have a vaccine — navigating a broad spectrum of sociopolitical and economic barriers to immunization that often result in unequal vaccine access and global health disparities.”
  • Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh interview Arundhati Roy, “Pandemic Is a Portal: Arundhati Roy on COVID-19 in India, Imagining Another World & Fighting for It,” Democracy Now, April 16, 2020. Text and video. “Officials in India say six major cities are coronavirus hot spots, including the capital city, New Delhi. We go there to speak with writer and activist Arundhati Roy, who has a new essay on how “The Pandemic Is a Portal.”
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “The Black Plague,” The New Yorker, April 16, 2020. “Public officials lament the way that the coronavirus is engulfing black communities. The question is, what are they prepared to do about it?”
  • Eric Toussaint, “Suspend public debt payments to fight Covid-19,No Borders, April 16, 2020. “Significant amounts of financial resources must be made available urgently, incurring new debts as little as possible.”
  • Zach Montague, “Coronavirus Cases at D.C. Whole Foods Highlight Risks Facing Grocery Workers,” New York Times, April 15, 2020. “A cluster of infections at the store in the heart of trendy downtown Washington is not an isolated episode, as the nation’s grocery workers increasingly fall ill.”
  • Tre Kwon, “Only the Rank and File Can Save Us Now,” Spectre, April 15, 2020. I’m a nurse working in the ICU at one of the largest, highest-grossing healthcare systems in New York City. There, I’m a shop steward and member of the New York State Nurses’ Association (NYSNA). I’m also a revolutionary socialist and part of the Left Voice editorial board.
  • Sasha Abramsky, “Trump’s Defunding of the WHO Threatens to Make the Pandemic Worse,” Truthout, April 15, 2020. “Trump’s announcement that the U.S. will withhold all its contributions to the World Health Organization (WHO) is an unforgivable abnegation of U.S. responsibility at the very moment when a coordinated international public health response is most needed.”
  • Alice Speri, “As Coronavirus Ravages New York, the NYPD Is Detaining Kids,” The Intercept, April 15, 2020. “Many have questioned the logic and safety of police continuing to execute low-level arrests and physically escalating intervention” during the pandemic.
  • Liliana Segura, “As Virus Spreads in Federal Prisons, People Inside Describe Chaos, While Families are Left in the Dark,” The Intercept, April 15, 2020. “As the coronavirus outbreak has spread inside the nation’s prisons and jails, people inside and outside BOP facilities describe a system mired in chaos. Families are scared and mostly in the dark.”
  • Joshua Cho, “Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Corporate Media From Crusading Against Universal Healthcare,” FAIR, April 15, 2020. Discusses the prejudice against universal healthcare in the corporate media.
  • Jeremy Mohler, “Corporations Are Not Letting This Crisis Go to Waste,” In These Times, April 15, 2020. “As the pandemic wreaks chaos, corporations and the GOP are following the shock doctrine playbook.”
  • Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (GRILA), “Africa Amid the Pandemic,” John Riddell blog, April 15, 2020. Authors urge Pan-Africanists to embark on required initiatives beyond solely meeting medical objectives and into systemic change for broader public health and wellbeing of African populations.”
  • Jessica Corbett, “‘Biggest Coronavirus Stimulus of All’: Richest Man in the World Jeff Bezos Now $24 Billion Richer Amid Pandemic,” Common Dreams, April 15, 2020. “Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—the world’s richest man—has added nearly $24 billion to his already massive fortune in 2020 as virus-related lockdowns across the globe have forced people to stay inside and fueled increased e-commerce demand.”
  • Diane Archer, “Why Can’t Everyone Get Free COVID-19 Treatment?The Bullet, April 15, 2020. ”Tens of millions of other Americans continue to face powerful financial barriers to care. Our corporate healthcare system is not designed to ensure everyone gets needed care, much less to protect the public health.”
  • Steve LeVine, “America Is About to Witness the Biggest Labor Movement It’s Seen in Decades,Medium, April 15, 2020. “It took 40 years and a pandemic to stir up a worker revolution that’s about to hit corporate America.
  • Bilal Hussain, “Fighting Covid-19 — And Repression — in Kashmir,” Foreign Policy in Focus, April 14, 2020. “The Indian government’s repression of doctors and restrictions on the Internet could make the pandemic far deadlier in the formerly autonomous region.”
  • Mobashra Tazamal and Kristin Garrity, “Islamophobia Has No Place in the Fight Against Covid-19,” Truthout, April 14, 2020. “We must reject both overt and subtle messaging linking COVID-19 to Islam.”
  • Eddie Conway interviews Priscilla Wald, “Mainstream Media Blind Spots In The Coronavirus Crisis,The Real News, April 14, 2020. “The mainstream media let Trump’s blunders dominate the COVID-19 narrative, neglecting their chance for a nuanced look at public health, incarceration, farmers, and homelessness.”
  • Jake Johnson, “‘A Complete Abomination’: Mega-Rich Hedge Funds Swoop Down to Grab Covid-19 Small Business Relief Funds,” Common Dreams, April 14, 2020. Some hedge funds “insist they are small businesses—just like hair salons, restaurants, and dry cleaners—that could use a helping hand,” Bloomberg reported.
  • The Editors of Strike Wave, “The Covid-19 pandemic shows that capitalism fails workers,” Strike Wave, April 14, 2020. Criticizes labor leaders for their praise of “ethical capitalism” over “vulture capitalism.” Argues capitalism is not good for workers.
  • Ibram .X. Kendi, “Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus,” The Atlantic, April 14, 2020. “New data from 29 states confirm the extent of the racial disparities.”
  • Vale Disamistade, “No, Italy Is Not the Case Against Medicare for All,” The Nation, April 14, 2020. “The Americanization of Italian health care plays a part in the country’s disastrous coronavirus outbreak.”
  • William I. Robinson, “Global Capitalist Crisis: Deadlier than Coronavirus” (Part I), Arena, April 14, 2020. “If there’s one thing the coronavirus has made clear it is that, if we are to have any hope of resolving the dire problems that plague humanity, from ecological collapse, to war, poverty, inequality and disease, we have to collectively confront across borders the powers that be in the world capitalist system and their control over the means of our existence.”
  • Natalie Gallón, “Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega hasn’t been seen in a month,” CNN, April 14, 2020. President Ortega hasn’t been seen in a month and the country has not followed international health guidance for the coronavirus.
  • Amanda Taub, “A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide,” The New York Times, April 14, 2020. “Movement restrictions aimed to stop the spread of the coronavirus may be making violence in homes more frequent, more severe and more dangerous.”
  • Morris Pearl and William Lazonick, “With working Americans’ survival at stake, the US is bailing out the richest,” the Guardian, April 14, 2020. “Amid a humanitarian crisis compounded by mass layoffs and collapsing economic activity, the last course our legislators should be following is the one they appear to be on right now: bailing out shareholders and executives who, while enriching themselves, spent the past decade pushing business corporations to the edge of insolvency.”
  • Action Program for Nigeria, “How will the poor survive Covid-19?” No Borders, April 14, 2020. “The response from the corrupt elite is for a lockdown until the virus goes away, but it could be 12-18 months before a vaccine is developed and distributed.  Who can survive at home for that long?”
  • Laura Spinney, “We Need to Rethink Our Food System to Prevent the Next Pandemic,Time, April 13. Argues necessity of changing agriculture prevent generation of new pandemics.
  • Amba Guerguerian and Carrie Klein, “Finding Creative Ways to Protest During the COVID-19 Pandemic,The Indypendent, April 13, 2020. “Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, people around the world are finding ways to keep fighting for the causes that matter to them.”
  • Khury Petersen-Smith, “How Wars, Sanctions, and Militarism Made the Coronavirus Crisis Worse,” Common Dreams, April 13, 2020. “As we take steps to control the virus, these devastating U.S. foreign policies need to be immediately reversed.”
  • Sharon Zhang, “Trump’s EPA Is Unleashing the Pollution That Makes Us Vulnerable to Covid-19,” Truthout, April 13, 2020. “Exposure to air pollution increases the risk that an individual will suffer critical illness after contracting Covid-19, according to a report released on April 8 by researchers at Harvard….Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to indefinitely suspend environmental rule enforcement is tantamount to gross negligence.”
  • Corey Robin, “What People Power Looks Like in a Pandemic Democracy,” The New York Review Daily, April 13, 2020. “…if we cannot gather to assemble or vote, much less deliberate, in what sense can we have a democracy? How do we do politics in a pandemic, self-governance under quarantine? Is it possible to supervise the supervisors if we’re too sequestered—or sick—to vote?”
  • Reihana Mohideen, “Socialism v. corona-capitalism in the Philippines,” No Borders, April 13, 2020. “Reihana Mohideen, international spokesperson for the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) in the Philippines explains that “Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, a right-wing populist in the mold of Donald Trump and Narendra Modi, was initially slow to respond to the health crisis. As the threat grew, Duterte intensified draconian military and police measures to enforce a lockdown that relies more on martial law than public health.”
  • Julie Hollar, “There’s No Reason to Turn Airtime Over to Trump’s Deceptive Coronavirus Campaign Rallies,” FAIR, April 13, 2020. “Despite weeks of open discussion about Donald Trump’s daily briefings serving as little more than campaign rallies full of harmful misinformation,, television networks continue to broadcast them live (now with some cut-aways and fact checking), and some reporters continue to cover the tension as just another partisan battle with no clear right or wrong.”
  • Michael Roberts, “The post-pandemic slump,” Michael Roberts Blog, April 13, 2020.“The coronavirus pandemic marks the end of longest US economic expansion on record, and it will feature sharpest economic contraction since WWII.”
  • Chris Brooks interviews Noam Chomasky, “Interview: Noam Chomsky on How Bosses Are Making Coronavirus ‘Worse, for Their Benefit’, Labor Notes, April 13, 2020. Chomsky talks about the crisis and how to get out of it.
  • Dimitris Fasfalis, “Marx in the Era of Pandemic Capitalism,” The Bullet, April 13, 2020. “How could Karl Marx (1818 – 1883) help us interpret the current crisis? His theory of history offers critical resources to interpret the unprecedented crisis which is shaking the world today, while indicating at the same time that ‘the world after’ so much mentioned could only be anti-capitalist.”
  • Richard Marcantonio, “Two Ways Out of the Pandemic,” The Call, April 12, 2020. A discussion of the pandemic, the economic crisis, politics, and the role of labor, arguing that the active sectors of the working class could put the capitalist class on the defensive.
  • Jasmine Heiss and Jack Norton, “Prioritizing Jails Over Hospitals Has Made Rural US More Vulnerable to Covid-19,Truthout, April 12, 2020. “Rather than hospitals or health clinics, much of the rural U.S. is dotted with jails and prisons; places where vulnerable people live in inescapably close proximity, and the novel coronavirus can be a death sentence.”
  • Charles Bethea, “The Federalist as ‘Medical Journal’ in the Time of the Coronavirus,” The New Yorker, April 12, 2020. “Lately, the Federalist, a conservative online magazine not known for its medical coverage, has been publishing pseudoscientific coronavirus takes by writers not known for their epidemiological expertise.”
  • Jason DeParle, “The Coronavirus Class Divide: Space and Privacy,” The New York Times, April 12, 2020. “‘Shelter in place’ is a dictate that assumes the existence of shelter — the safe, stable, controlled environment that poor people often lack.”
  • Dan La Botz, “In the Tempest of Coronavirus: Racism and Class Struggle,” April 12, 2020. The state of the coronavirus crisis in the United States as of April 12.
  • Brian Mier, “Bolsonaro Is Far From Alone in Putting Profits Over Lives—but He Is a Useful Scapegoat,” FAIR, April 12, 2020. “While it is true that [Jair Bolsonaro] is a controversial and widely disliked leader, who well deserves to be called out for all kinds of terrible things he has said and done does his initial reaction to and handling of the coronavirus crisis really differ in any significant measure from what US and UK leaders, and their media sycophants, have been saying and doing?”
  • Rajan Menon, “The Ultimate Stress Test: The American World That Covid-19 Reveals,” Tom Dispatch, April 12, 2020. “Now, like several other countries, notably Italy and Spain, the United States faces a different, far tougher stress test imposed by Covid-19. The early results are alarming.”
  • Jack Healey, “It’s ‘People, People, People’ as Lines Stretch Across America,” New York Times, April 12, 2020. Lines for groceries, food aid, and unemployment assistance stretch for blocks as the coronavirus crisis forces Americans into quarantine queues.”
  • Andrés Lund, “Capitalism stripped naked, Covid-19 in Mexico and beyond,” No Borders,April 11, 2020. “Left-of-center populist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was slow to react to the pandemic and his government’s economic response is far short of what is needed to protect millions of Mexican workers now losing their jobs.”
  • Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie Haberman, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazzetti and Julian E. Barnes, “He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus,” The New York Times, April 11, 2020.
  • AFP, “Africans in Guangzhou lose homes in virus crackdown,” Rthk.rk, April 11, 2020. “Africans in Guangzhou say they have become targets of suspicion and subjected to forced evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass coronavirus testing as the country steps up its fight against imported infections.”
  • Jim Naureckas, “The Most Important Thing Media Can Tell Us Is How We’re Getting Infected,FAIR, April 11,The main way to save lives, and the best hope for stopping the outbreak, is for individuals to change their behavior so we stop spreading the virus.”
  • *Danny Katch, “New York Officials Caused More Deaths to Maintain the ‘Illusion of Education’,” Truthout, April 10, 2020. Argues that the Department of Education’s decision to keep schools open contributed to the spread of coronavirus.
  • C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, “To Heal From COVID-19, We Must Imagine a Different World,Truthout, April 10, 2020. “Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin tackle the questions of what lessons we can learn from this pandemic and how society may organize moving forward.”Sam Gindin, “The Coronavirus and the Crisis This Time,” The Bullet, April 10, 2020. All this opens up the prospect – but only the prospect – of a reorientation in social outlooks as the crisis, and the state responses to it, unfold.
  • Nancy Lessin,Saving Workers’ Health and Lives in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tools for the Fight,” Labor Notes, April 10, 2020. “We lay out some of your legal rights—so you can make sure your employer knows that you know. We lay out the most effective ways of protecting workers—and it’s way beyond facemasks. Finally, we give some tips on how to organize.”
  • Julia Malaoui interviews Olivier Besancenot, “France after the pandemic, the iron fist or reinvent society?No Borders, April 10, 2020. Besancenot of the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) argues for a “shock of solidarity.
  • Andrew Liu, “Blaming China for coronavirus isn’t just dangerous. It misses the point,” The Guardian, April 10, 2020. “This pandemic is a creature of capitalist globalisation, not any single country. ‘Chinese culture’ is a convenient scapegoat.”
  • Ed Pilkington and Ankita Rao, “A tale of two New Yorks: pandemic lays bare a city’s shocking inequities,The Guardian, April 10, 2020. New York is two cities, one that can stay home in safety, the other that must go to work in essential jobs here it is exposed to illness and death.
  • Carl Rosen, Andrew Dinkelaker, Gene Elk, “We Need the Labor Movement To Organize Worker Fightback in the Face of the Covid-19 Crisis,” In These Times, April 10, 2020. “Unions have a choice right now: Hunker down and try to ride out the Covid-19 storm or put our shoulders to the task of assisting workers in their fight to either improve conditions on the job or shut their workplaces down.”
  • Peter S. Goodman, Katie Thomas, Sui-Lee Wee and Jeffrey Gettleman, “A New Front for Nationalism: The Global Battle Against a Virus,New York Times, April 10, 2020. “Every country needs the same lifesaving tools. But a zero-sum mind-set among world leaders is jeopardizing access for all.”
  • Bernd Bonfert, “Organizing under lockdown: online activism, local solidarity,” April 9, 2020. “As the pandemic forces us into lockdown, activists across Europe demonstrate that there are still ways to organize and practice solidarity at a safe social distance.”
  • Chris Brooks, “Please Join: National Health Care Day of Action,” Labor Notes April 09. Labor Notes has called upon its readers and supporters to join unions in a National Health Care Day of Action on April 15.
  • Alejandra Borunda, “Farmworkers risk coronavirus infection to keep the U.S. fed,” National Geographic, April 10, 2020. “Farmworkers have been labeled essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, critical to keeping the U.S.’s food supplies flowing. But they are worried. Their communities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of the disease, and for many of them, information and protection from the disease has not been forthcoming.”
  • James Bandler, “Inside the Union Where Coronavirus Put 98% of Members Out of Work,” ProPublica, April 9, 2020. “Unite Here was a rare union success story. But then the coronavirus decimated the restaurant, food service and hotel industries, where most of its 307,000 members work.”
  • Jane Bradley, “In Scramble for Coronavirus Supplies, Rich Countries Push Poor Aside,” The New York Times, April 9, 2020.Developing nations in Latin America and Africa cannot find enough materials and equipment to test for coronavirus, partly because the United States and Europe are outspending them.”
  • Kim Moody, “How Just-in-Time Capitalism Spread Covid-19,Spectre, April 8, 2020. “…this virus has moved through the circuits of capital and the humans that labor in them, and not solely by random “community” transmission.”
  • *David Bacon, “Iraq’s Coronavirus Crisis Was Made Possible by Decades of War and Occupation,” The Nation, April 8, 2020. “To fight the pandemic, Iraqi workers are demanding political change.”
  • Charles M. Blow, “Focus the Covid-19 Fight in Black Cities,” New York Times, April 8, 2020. “Let’s concentrate on where the need has been shown to be greatest.”
  • Gregory Shupak, “As US Consigns Iranians to Death, Corporate Media Look the Other Way,FAIR, April 8, 2020. “Covid-19 has hammered few countries as hard as it has hit Iran, which reports (as of April 8) 64,586 cases and 3,993 deaths. US sanctions are a major reason that Iranians are getting infected with and dying from the coronavirus in such large numbers: The US’s economic warfare softened Iran up for the pandemic well before its outbreak.”
  • Aaron Lakoff, “Dispatches From Palestine on COVID-19,The Bullet, April 8, 2020.  “We don’t have the capacity or equipment to keep us safe from this virus. It will spread very easily, and we will start to see the numbers here that we’ve been seeing in Italy and Spain.”
  • Tim Stickings and Allisha Rouse, “Wonders Down Under: New Zealand Prime Minister declares the country is beating coronavirus and prepares to relax strict lockdown in a week as Australian measures squash curve as well,Daily Mail, April 8, 2020. “Ardern said NZ is ‘turning a corner’ just six weeks into epidemic with only 992 confirmed cases and one death. Australia and New Zealand have both carried out much more widespread testing than Britain or the U.S.”
  • Henry A. Giroux,  “The Covid-19 Pandemic Is Exposing the Plague of Neoliberalism,” Truthout, April 7, 2020, “The current coronavirus pandemic is more than a medical crisis, it is also a political and ideological crisis. It is a crisis deeply rooted in years of neglect by neoliberal governments that denied the importance of public health and the public good while defunding the institutions that made them possible.”
  • Karen J. Greenberg,While Rome Burns Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted,”
    Tom Dispatch, April 7, 2020. “Here are six examples of how the coronavirus, like a malign magic wand, has helped cast a disempowering spell over that opposition and so furthered Trump’s long-term goals.”
  • Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt, “What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know About Hospital Emergency Rooms,The Bullet, April 7, 2020. “Care of the sick is not the mission of these companies; their mission is to make outsized profits for the private equity firms and its investors.”
  • Matt Loffman, “Asian Americans describe ‘gut punch’ of racist attacks during coronavirus pandemic,PBS, April 7, 2020. The novel coronavirus pandemic has Americans across the country fearful for their personal health and well-being, but for Asian Americans, the virus has stirred up another threat: a wave of verbal and physical attacks.
  • John Eligon, Audra D. S. Burch, Dionne Searcey and Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States,” April 7, 2020. “Data on race and the coronavirus is too limited to draw sweeping conclusions, experts say, but disparate rates of sickness — and death — have emerged in some places.”
  • No author, “The world’s refugee camps are a coronavirus disaster in waiting,” The Economist, April 6, 2020. “Most are still free of the virus, but desperately ill-equipped to withstand it.”
  • Hamilton Nolan, “The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die,” In These Times, April 6, 2020. “Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital.”
  • Hsiao-Hung Pai, “Covid-19: The ‘China’ narratives and Chinese workers.” RS21, April 6, 2020. The workers who built China’s emergency hospitals are missing from the dominant narratives about China and the Covid-19 pandemic.”
  • Ibram X. Kendi, “What the Racial Data ShowThe Atlantic, April 6, 2020. “The pandemic seems to be hitting people of color the hardest.”
  • Michael Roberts, Lives or livelihoods? Michael Roberts Blog, April 6, 2020. An examination of the coronavirus response and its impact on the economy at present and possibilities for recovery.
  • Abha Bhattarai, “Grocery workers are beginning to die of coronavirusWashington Post, April 6, 2020. “At least four people – who had worked at Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Giant – have died from Covid-19 in recent days.”
  • Jake, Johnson, “‘We Are Undervalued’: Target Delivery Workers to Walk Off Job in Demand for Better Treatment Amid Outbreak,” Common Dreams, April 6, 2020.”We are exposing ourselves to great risk so others don’t have to. During these uncertain times, Shipt must not put profits before people.”
  • No author, “Covid-19 Strike Wave Interactive Map,” Payday Report, early April, updated regularly. “An interactive strike tracking map so that workers can follow the wave of strikes hitting the country. Each point contains a link to more information on the strikes occurring.”
  • Suze Wilson, “Three reasons why Jacinda Ardern’s coronavirus response has been a masterclass in crisis leadership,” The Conversation, April 5, 2020. A discussion of the leadership skills and style of New Zealand’s president who has led one of the most successful government responses to coronavirus.
  • Charles M. Blow, “Social Distancing is a Privilege,” New York Times, April 5, 2020. “The idea that this virus is an equal-opportunity killer must itself be killed.”
  • Nomi Prins, “Wall Street Wins – Again Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus,Tom Dipatch, April 5, 2020. “As in 2008, the most beneficial policies and funding will be heading for Wall Street banks and behemoth corporations.“
  • Rebecca L. Spang, “The Revolution Is Under Way Already,” April 5, 2020. “Far from making Americans crave stability, the pandemic underscores how everything is up for grabs.”
  • Eren Duzgun, “Capitalism, Coronavirus and the Road to Extinction,” The Bullet, April 5, 2020. “The Godzilla-like image of the virus Covid-19 has been haunting the world. Not only has the virus unraveled nightmarish possibilities leading to the extinction of millions of people, but it has also served as a quintessential case revealing the structural contradictions of and existential threats posed by capitalism on a global scale.”
  • Sarah Kliff and Julie Bosman, “Official Counts Understate the Coronavirus U.S. Death Toll,The New York Times, April 5, 2020. “Inconsistent protocols, limited resources and a patchwork of decision making has led to an underecouncting of people with the coronavirus who have died, health experts say.”
  • Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR) and others, “Statement of Feminists and Women’s Rights Organizations from the Global South and marginalized communities in the Global North,” No Borders, April 5, 2020. The following statement has been endorsed by more than 1,200 individuals and women’s networks and organizations globally, from more than 100 countries, to demand States to adopt a feminist policy to address the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that is consistent with human rights standards and principles.”
  • Charles Beathea, “What the Coronavirus Is Doing to Rural Georgia,” The New Yorker, April 4, 2020. “The pandemic hits a region that was already struggling to address its medical needs.”
  • Marea Socialista, “Trump threatens Venezuela under cover of coronavirus,” No Borders, April 4, 2020. “Marea Socialista’s statement denouncing Trump’s latest threats and calling for international solidarity.”
  • Paul Mason, “Will coronavirus signal the end of capitalism?Aljazeera, April 3, 2020.“The peasants’ revolt after the 14th-century plague saw off feudalism. After COVID-19, will it be the turn of capitalism?” Text and video.
  • Arundhati Roy, “The Pandemic Is a Portal,” Financial Times, April 3, 2020. “The tragedy is immediate, real, epic and unfolding before our eyes. But it isn’t new. It is the wreckage of a train that has been careening down the track for years….And what of my country, my poor-rich country, India…”
  • *Cooperation Jackson, “Towards a General Strike to end the Covid-19 Crisis and Create a New World: A Call to Action,” Spectre, April 3, 2020. “We must send a clear message that things cannot and will not go back to “normal.” In order to do this, we need to call for collective work and shopping stoppages, leading to a general strike that is centered around clear, comprehensive demands.”
  • Wilfred, Chan, The WHO Ignores Taiwan. The World Pays the Price, The Nation, April 3, 2020 “Taiwan was more prepared for the coronavirus than any other country, but the WHO puts politics first.”
  • Jeet Heer, “Trump Helps Big Business Profiteer Off Our Misery,” The Nation, April 3, 2020. “The White House’s Darwinian federalism gives corporate greed a pass while scapegoating political opponents.”
  • Sushant Singh and Utpal Pandey, “Lockdown crisis in India: a people’s perspective of Covid-19,” Counterfire, April 3, 2020. “With no access to state support, healthcare or testing, India’s working and poor people have been completely abandoned by the government during the lockdown.”
  • Jill Lepore, “America’s Century of Delayed Health-Care Reform,” The New Yorker, November 30, 2009, republished April 3, 2019. “The more time passes, the more it looks as if having no real health-care plan were the American way.”
  • No author, “Capitalism after Coronavirus: more like Humpty Dumpty than Sleeping Beauty?The Jobbing Leftie Historian and Researcher, April 3, 2020. “Capitalism is in an induced coma. When the crisis is over will a simple kiss awake it like Sleeping Beauty? Or will ‘all the king’s men’ be puzzling over ‘how to put Humpty together again’?”
  • Jane Slaughter, “How Auto Parts Workers Shut Their Plant,” Labor Notes, April 3, 2020. “Union members at a Detroit-area auto parts plant refused to work March 19 and 20 after learning that a management employee had tested positive for the coronavirus. Angry first-shift workers gathered outside the plant and refused to enter.”
  • Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui, “Cities That Went All In on Social Distancing in 1918 Emerged Stronger for It,New Yok Times, April 3, 2020. “They had lower mortality rates from the influenza pandemic. But their economies also appeared to fare better.”
  • Bernie Sanders, “Priorities for the Next Coronavirus Relief Package,” Sanders Campaign, April 3, 2020. “In this unprecedented moment in modern American history, it is imperative that we respond in an unprecedented way. That means that Congress must pass, in the very near future, the boldest piece of legislation ever written in modern history.”
  • Omar Shaban, “Gaza’s New Conflict: Covid-19,” Counterpunch, April 3, 2020. The current healthcare and sanitary system in the Gaza strip are extremely exhausted, lack basic resources, equipment and material that would be necessary not only to fight a major pandemic, but to simply treat normal day-to-day patients. A major outbreak of COVID-19 in the Gaza strip would lead to… a death toll higher than all previous military conflicts combined.”
  • Max Elbaum, “The People’s Bailout: New Center of Gravity for the Resistance,” Organizing Upgrade, April 3, 2020. Summary of a program of the Working Families Party that included the President of National Nurses United and organizers from Mijente, It Takes Roots, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and several other groups.
  • Thomas J. Adams and Cedric Johnson, “Austerity Is Fueling the COVID-19 Pandemic in New Orleans, Not Mardi Gras Culture,Jacobin, April 2, 2020. “Mainstream outlets are claiming the mounting coronavirus crisis in New Orleans is the result of cultural practices like Mardi Gras. That’s nonsense — it’s a consequence of deep class divides and decimated public health infrastructure.”
  • Nicole Aschoff, “Pandemic Bonds Are a Scam Holding the Global South Hostage,” Jacobin, April 2, 2020.” The World Bank’s ‘pandemic bonds’ demonstrate how global capital has an uncanny ability to profit from social ills. So far, investors have earned about $96 million in interest on the pandemic bonds, but developing countries have yet to receive desperately needed money.”
  • Meagan Day, “Decades of Hospital Closures Led to This Disaster,” Jacobin, April 2, 2020. “The United States has been closing vitally needed hospitals for decades. Now, with a pandemic afoot and triage tents popping up in Central Park, we need to stop holding our hospital system hostage to the whims of the market.”
  • Elie Mystal, “Republicans Are Using the Covid-19 Crisis to Kill Abortion Rights,” The Nation, April 2, 2020. GOP governors have begun banning abortion during the Covid-19 crisis, creating a precedent that might be too cruel for conservative judges to pass up.”
  • Michael T. Klare, “Avenger Planet: Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?Tomgram, April 2, 2020. “The coronavirus may not, in retrospect, prove to be the tipping point that upends human civilization as we know it, but it should serve as a warning that we will experience ever more such events in the future as the world heats up. The only way to avert such a catastrophe and assure ourselves that Earth will not become an avenger planet is to heed Mother Nature’s warning and cease the further desecration of essential ecosystems.”
  • Marc Kagan, “‘Essential’ Workers Are Dying,” Jurisprudence, April 2, 2020. “America’s underclass is becoming more visible in the coronavirus crisis.” Discusses death of eight New York City transit workers.
  • Vishwas Satgar, “Covid-19, the Climate Crisis and Lockdown,” The Bullet, April 2, 2020. “Complex and holistic systems thinking, grounded in an ethics of care rather than war has to prevail….if Covid-19 helps jettison the Thatcherite neoliberal subject – competitive, greedy and possessive individual – for a more humane state of being and solidarity-based society, it would have produced our strongest defense against a crisis-ridden world. It would have also affirmed an ethics of care for our natural relations that nurture us, feed us and enable us to have life.”
  • Frida Ghitis, “The New Divide in a Polarized Latin America: How to Respond to Covid-19,World Politics Review, April 2, 2020. “In Latin America, the responses from national leaders have ranged from buffoonish irresponsibility to stern action. The region is a good place to try to identify what it is about a government that makes it act so recklessly in the face of a looming public health crisis.”
  • Candice Bernd, “Amid Pandemic, Workers Walk Out, Building Momentum Toward General Strike,Truthout, April 2, 2020. Reviews recent worker protests and strikes and claims, “Calls for a new massive general strike are again surfacing as workers recognize the need to force corporations and state and federal governments to implement sweeping changes, including wealth redistribution and a guaranteed right to health care, housing and jobs.”
  • Sarah Jones, “The Coronavirus Is Radicalizing Workers,” New York, April 1, 2020. “Protests at Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods — where low-paid workers have found themselves on the frontlines of a global disaster — have created a public relations nightmare for the companies, who say they’re providing essential services to Americans stuck at home.”
  • Ireland Vows To Treat All Covid-19 Patients For Free,” The Real News, April 1, 2020 “The Irish government nationalized its hospitals, imposed a rent freeze, and authorized state-funded childcare, promising free treatment for patients with Covid-19.” Kim Brown interviews Jack Hogan, reporter for the Irish Times.
  • Labor Notes staff, Shut It All Down Now!” Labor Notes, April 01, 2020. “More unions are demanding that all non-essential workplaces be shut down, to slow the spread of the coronavirus.’
  • Farooque Chowdhury interviews John Bellamy Foster, “Catastrophe capitalism: climate change, Covid-19, and economic crisis,MRonline, April 1,, 2020. Foster “discusses the pandemic in relation to the present condition of capitalism and economic crisis.”
  • Melissa Rakestraw, “Postal Workers and Covid-19: A Dispatch from the Front Lines,” Rampant, April 1, 2020. “A Chicago-area letter carrier discusses the situation on the ground in the midst of the pandemic. In spite of widespread failures on the part of management, postal workers are organizing to win safer conditions for themselves and the public they serve.”
  • Alexandra Berzon, Jacob Bunge, Alejandro Lazo, “U.S. Plant Workplaces Emerge as Coronavirus Battlegrounds,Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2020. “Tensions are breaking out between employers and workers across the U.S. as some companies push to keep producing during the coronavirus pandemic and some employees push back over health concerns and other issues.”
  • Blake Farmer interviews James Hildreth, “The Coronavirus Doesn’t Discriminate. U.S. Health Care May Be A Different Story,NPR, April 1, 2020. A 3-minute audio with text, including archived interview with Georges Benjamin, of CDC and then head of APHA, about importance of getting data on who is being affected by the disease.
  • Pat Armstrong, “Viruses and Care,” The Bullet, April 1, 2020. Looks at long-term care and labor issues in the context of neoliberalism and the privatization of health care that has taken place.
  • Valerio Arcary, “A revolutionary strategy to beat Bolsonaro,No Borders, April 1, 2020. “Valerio Arcary argues for a revolutionary strategy that will not only push Bolsonaro out of power, but will also strengthen the left and the working class in the process.”
  • C.J. Polychroniou interviews Noam Chomsky, “Chomsky: Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism,Truthout, April 1, 2020. In the interview Chomsky “discusses how neoliberal capitalism itself is behind the U.S.’s failed response to the pandemic.”
  • *Labor Notes staff, “A Worker Agenda Against Coronavirus,” Labor Notes, April 1, 2020. “This week and last, Labor Notes invited labor leaders and organizers to talk via Zoom about what we can do to organize during this pandemic. These are the beginning steps we came up with.”
  • Katie Ferrari, “Organizing without a Union During the Coronavirus / Organizándose sin sindicato durante el coronavirus,Labor Notes, April 01, 2020. “Almost 200 people joined last night’s video call to hear from nonunion workers in agriculture, grocery, transit, and hair styling.” This article gives the summary of the conversation.

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