Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Reveal

How a national health crisis fell onto the backs of local leaders

With a leadership vacuum in Washington, the San Francisco Bay Area’s shelter-in-place orders led the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. by Lance Williams, Laura C. Morel, Marisa Lagos, Caitie Switalski, Melissa Lewis, Emily Harris, Soo…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at a March 22 briefing, displayed a projection that New York could need 110,000 hospital beds. At the peak, fewer than 19,000 were hospitalized with COVID-19. (Screenshot via YouTube)
Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Hospitals Pro Publica

How America’s hospitals survived the first wave of the Coronavirus

ProPublica deputy managing editor Charles Ornstein wanted to know why experts were wrong when they said U.S. hospitals would be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Here’s what he learned, including what hospitals can do before the next…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Justice

Coronavirus deaths and those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery have something in common: Racism

In Minneapolis, the memorial near the spot where George Floyd died while in police custody. Getty Images / Kerem Yucel by April Thames, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Human Rights Justice The Conversation

The 2020 uprisings join a long river of struggle in America

Protesters filled the newly named Black Lives Plaza, near the White House, on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images by Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan The river was the metaphor that best captured…

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For demonstrators in Washington on Tuesday, the death of George Floyd was evidence of the same structural racism that has also led to African Americans dying from coronavirus at more than twice the rate of others. (Julien Henderson)
Posted in Coronavirus Justice News Pro Publica Social Justice

On the minds of Black Lives Matter protesters: A racist health system

Black lives are being lost to COVID-19 at twice the rate of others. For protesters we talked to, that’s one more reason to be on the street. “If it’s not police beating us up, it’s us…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who has died of COVID-19 was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Safety Net

Democratic congressman calls for probe into former White House official’s $3 million mask deal

Trump’s former deputy chief of staff won a $3 million federal contract just days after registering his company. He delivered masks to Navajo hospitals that may not work. Rep. Gerry Connolly asked the HHS inspector general’s…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

‘150,000 Americans sacrificed for the stock market’: Kushner reportedly advised less Covid-19 testing to calm Wall Street

“Kushner’s advice did nothing to prevent a market crash, and it’s likely that the administration’s refusal to act in time only threw the economy into more chaos.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, May 14 President…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Masks and food for the people

by Wade Rathke May 14 Pearl River ACORN and its affiliates are direct action, mass-based organizations. Some now ask, how do we explain the fact that we also, especially now, deliver what many would only expect…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Hospitals News The Conversation

Fearing coronavirus, patients are delaying hospital visits, putting health and lives at risk. ‘I thought I could wait this out’

The ultimate cost for delaying treatment can be loss of life. Data from the CDC shows the U.S. had 66,000 more deaths than expected from January through the end of April, with only about half of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in Columns Hightower OtherWords

CEOs aren’t Pigs. That’s unfair to — to pigs —

—Pigs are intelligent animals with a sense of social responsibility. CEOs are looting taxpayers funds meant for small businesses.   by Jim Hightower Wednesday, May 13, 2020 There’s a general sentiment today that multimillionaire corporate chieftains…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Navajo News Rez Life

As Covid-19 Devastates Navajo Nation, Doctors Without Borders Dispatches Team to Battle Outbreak

“You’re telling people, ‘Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day,’ and they don’t have running water.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, May 12 As the virus continues to lay bare systemic inequities…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Health Care Kaiser Health News News

Eerie emptiness of ERs worries doctors as heart attack and stroke patients delay care

Will Stone and Elly Yu, KPCC May 7, 2020 The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the Washington state resident waited almost a week….

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

Mysterious heart damage, not just lung troubles, befalling COVID-19 patients

In addition to lung damage, many COVID-19 patients are also developing heart problems — and dying of cardiac arrest. by Markian Hawryluk April 6, 2020 While the focus of the COVID-19 pandemic has been on respiratory…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Guns and masks – outlaw turnabout

New Orleans   It used to be that masks and guns were a bad combination that spoke of trouble with capital letters. Until recently, I would quip that if you were trying to raise money from…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News

Progressives call again for ‘Peoples Agenda’ with eyes towards next relief package

“No more waiting for ‘next time.’ Next time is now.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Sunday, April 3 As the Senate prepares to reconvene Monday, progressive organizations are encouraging people to put pressure on lawmakers to…

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Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. "I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity," the famous socialist leader once said. "The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own." (Photo: Wikipedia)
Posted in Op/Ed

Romance is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. by Danny Sjursen May 1, 2020 I was first exposed to Eugene Victor Debs…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Care News

As millions stripped of health coverage amid Covid-19, House Dems unveil bill for emergency expansion of Medicare and Medicaid

“Our nation’s for-profit, employment-based healthcare system did not make sense before Covid-19 struck, and it is proving dangerous and deadly during the crisis.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, May 1 Just a day after the…

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Posted in Health Care Kaiser Health News News

Telehealth will be free, no copays, they said. But angry patients are getting billed.

Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News April 27, 2020 Karen Taylor had been coughing for weeks when she decided to see a doctor in early April. COVID-19 cases had just exceeded 5,000 in Texas, where she lives….

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica Public Health Science

What antibody studies can tell you — and more importantly, what they can’t

Coronavirus antibody studies and what they allegedly show have triggered fierce debates, further confusing public understanding. ProPublica’s health reporter Caroline Chen is here to offer some clarity around these crucial surveys. by Caroline Chen April 28,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Debt News Pro Publica

One thing the pandemic hasn’t stopped: aggressive medical-debt collection

U.S. hospitals are in the spotlight for being on the frontline of fighting the pandemic. But in the shadows, debt collection operations continue, often by the same institutions treating coronavirus patients, all while unemployment and uncertainty…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Government Podcasts Trump Inc

How Jared Kushner is tackling the White House’s Coronavirus response — Without any evident experience

The president’s son-in-law and adviser has added the emergency-response supply chain to his extensive list of duties. He views himself as a disrupter — but that’s not always a good thing. by Andrea Bernstein, WNYC April…

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