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To Be in the United States During a Pandemic

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By Jasper Smith (April 9, 2020) To be in the United States during a pandemic: – People without homes are told to stay home. – People without clean water are told to wash their hands. – People lose their job and with it their healthcare. – Most people don’t have enough savings to cover two weeks of lost income to…
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It’s in the Blood of the American Liberal to Lose

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By Julio Covarrubias (April 8, 2020) The most heavily black and Democratic part of Wisconsin has the greatest obstacles to the ballot. It is much easier to vote in Waukesha county, for example; it is 92 percent white and has 50 polling locations for a population of 404,198. Madison, which is 78 percent white, has 66 open polling locations for…
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In a Properly Civilized World

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By Louis Colombo (April 6, 2020) In a properly civilized world, we would view this pandemic as nothing but a reminder of our interconnectedness to nature, a reminder that we are part of, but not above, nature. We would treat this time as a time to pause, retreat, reflect, be with those we love, tend to those we care about….
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United States of Sinverguenzas

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By Julio Covarrubias (April 2, 2020) United States of Sinvergüenzas “Intellectuals still argue whether Amerika is a fascist country. This concern is typical of the Amerikan left’s flight from reality. … This is actually a manifestation of the authoritarian process seeping into its own psyche.” —George Jackson   Watching DNC running dogs pile-on on Bernie’s National Press Secretary Brie Joy’s…
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Seeing Inequality in Zoom

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By Alexandro Jose Gradilla (April 1, 2020) One of the problems we struggle with in the university is getting a lot of the faculty to honestly see the “whole student”. As I Zoom teach with my students…I see their realties…”attending” class with a phone in a car. In very small cramped rooms. You can tell they are precariously positioned in…
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Cesar Chavez and the Struggle for Justice During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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By Joseph Orosco (March 31, 2020)   Some thirty years ago, Cesar Chavez staged his last major hunger fast. This fast went on for thirty-six days. In his statement issued at the end, Chavez said he had begun the fast because he had to do penance; he was ashamed of himself. For all his years as an organizer, he said…
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Please Do Not Thank Me For Viet Nam

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By Tom Motko (March 30, 2020) (For National Viet Nam Veterans’ Day 3/29) Please do not thank me for Viet Nam. Just welcome me home and let me finally rest. Gratitude misplaced grants you no absolution. Congratulate my survival and my brothers’ but atone for your country and its sins. Do penance for the whores and the half bloods, put…
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We, the Workers, Will Build a Better World

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By Zakk Flash (March 25, 2020) We’re going to see some serious supply chain problems as my fellow “essential workers” and I fall sick. Workplace protections have never been good in most industries; I’m grateful for the Teamsters collective bargaining agreement that I work under that gives me a bit more security. Unions are going to be a big part of what…
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Utopia in the Midst of Pandemic: Lessons of the Decameron for Collective Liberation

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By Joseph Orosco (March 24, 2020) Looking around for articles that highlighted speculative fiction responses to pandemics, I ran across this piece from Alan Yuhas from a few years ago.  Yuhas mentions some obvious things such as Camus’s The Plague and The Walking Dead, etc, but what I found most interesting was a mention of Italian Renaissance writer Boccaccio and…
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Human Beings Aren’t A Virus; Capitalism and Civilization are the Cancer

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By Natan Rebelde (March 24, 2020) Many people are currently becoming more accepting of the reality that there’s something very, very wrong with our way of life. Declarations such as “humans are the virus!” are indeed misguided, but I would caution against knee-jerk accusations of eco-fascism. Of course, fascists utilizing ecological realities to forward their agendas will likely make use…
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Welcome to the Great Pandemic Depression

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By Arun Gupta (March 23, 2020) I wrote this days ago saying an economic contraction of 10% or more and an unemployment rate of 20%. Only now are investment banks worth hundreds of billions of dollars considering we are in a depression. I haven’t seen anyone acknowledge what is obvious: The same economic denialism is going on now as in…
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