Tuesday’s news links – March 31, 2020

Christian Smalls, Amazon worker fired for leading walkout.

Class war

Amazon fires warehouse worker who led Staten Island strike for more coronavirus protection CNBC

General Electric Workers Walk Off the Job, Demand to Make Ventilators Vice

Walkouts at Amazon and Whole Foods Over Coronavirus: Live Updates NYTimes

Amazon fired a Staten Island warehouse worker who led a walkout as workers’ concerns over workplace safety grow.

Amazon Workers Strike To Demand Coronavirus Protections In A “Toxic Workplace” Gothamist

‘The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing’: Amazon, Whole Foods Workers Walk Off Job to Protest Unjust and Unsafe Labor Practices Common Dreams

Whole Foods Employees Are Staging a Nationwide ‘Sick-Out’ Vice

Detained migrants pepper-sprayed for protesting amid coronavirus fears San Antonio Express-News

As Instacart Strike Begins, Whole Foods Workers Plan Tuesday Sick-Out Eater

Chase Center Workers Left Unemployed and Uninsured KQED

Mets shamefully have yet to announce a plan to pay Citi Field workers

With Cuomo Silent On Relief, Some Desperate NYC Tenants Say “There’s No Choice” But To Rent Strike Gothamist

Undocumented immigrants working on pandemic’s front lines fear for health and home USA Today

‘Insulting’ Frontline Health Workers, Trump—Without Evidence—Accuses Hospital Staff in New York of Stealing Protective Gear Common Dreams

N.Y. Hospitals Face $400 Million in Cuts Even as Virus Battle Rages NYTimes

DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely Truthout

Group Behind Central Park Coronavirus Tent Hospital Asks Volunteers To Support Anti-Gay Agenda Gothamist

Five things workers should know about the federal Coronavirus act Liberation

Amid calls for rent relief in New York, Cuomo insists the issue is solved Curbed

Police shoot, kill man during welfare check Albuquerque Journal

No running water. No electricity. On Navajo Nation, coronavirus creates worry and confusion as cases surge LATimes

David Geffen Assures Us He’s Isolating on His $590 Million Yacht TMZ

Covid-19 coronavirus

Amid coronavirus crisis, China demonstrates that an alternative to the US-led, neoliberal order is possible Monthly Review

For nearly four decades the United States and its Western allies have proclaimed to the world that “there is no alternative” to neoliberalism, maligning the state and public sector as inefficient and unproductive. If the 2008 financial crisis loosened this myth’s stranglehold on notions of what is possible, the current coronavirus pandemic has shattered it.

#China has emerged as “the logistics base” in the global fight against #COVID19 Global Times

The world rediscovers Cuban medical internationalism Le Monde diplomatique

Hydroxychloroquine proves ineffective against coronavirus in small Chinese trial Forbes

The Contrarian Coronavirus Theory That Informed the Trump Administration The New Yorker

FEMA sends refrigerated trucks to New York City to hold bodies Politico

There’s scant evidence so far for chloroquine as a COVID-19 drug — but there’s already a shortage MarketWatch

Coronavirus: Hospital worker shares video of bodies being loaded into huge trucks in New York as state death toll passes 1,000 Independent

Illinois governor says feds sent wrong type of protective medical masks CNN

Growing Xenophobia Against China in the Midst of Coronashock Newsclick

Violent attacks against Asians in the United States have spiked as a consequence of the stigma driven by the Trump administration.

Capitalist crisis

The US is set to lose its spot as world’s top oil producer — and it ‘doesn’t have a lot of tools’ to do anything about it CNBC

Debt Collection Deems Itself Essential Amid Coronavirus Crisis Intercept 

U.S. war drive

Biden’s Foreign Policy Teams Hints at War with China, Conflict with Russia MPN

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