Saturday’s news links – April 4, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., marching with sanitation workers on strike in Memphis on March 28, 1968. King was assassinated a week later, on April 4 in Memphis.

Did You Know? US Gov’t Found Guilty In Conspiracy To Assassinate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 4, 1968

Class war

Here’s what Wall Street doesn’t want you to know about its grip on emergency rooms Raw Story

13,000 Carpenters to Strike in Massachusetts PayDay Report

Housing official blocks volunteers from distributing food to public housing residents Baltimore Brew

Coronavirus New York: Ocasio-Cortez Slams Cuomo For Suspending Mortgage Payments, Not Rents IBT

Chipotle Gives Sick Workers the Runaround During Global COVID-19 Pandemic LaborPress

Uproar Among Workers Supplying the World’s Meat Is Spreading Bloomberg

Death Toll From COVID-19 at Oakdale Prison in Louisiana Continues to Climb Reuters

Why GE Workers Walked Out in Lynn The Nation

Trump administration quietly guts COVID-19 paid leave provision that already excluded 75% of workers Salon

The administration also excluded some health workers and first responders from being eligible for paid leave

General Electric Workers Want to Build Medical Equipment to Fight Coronavirus. Management Is Standing in the Way Rolling Stone

Detroit bus driver who complained about a coughing passenger dies of coronavirus days later Washington Post

Amazon’s Plan To Smear And Silence A Fired Worker Failed: “This Country Needs To Wake Up” Gothamist

Historic Injustices Against Native People Put Them at Greater Risk of COVID-19 Truthout

While focus is on the coronavirus, these states are criminalizing fossil fuel protests Independent

Japanese Americans speak out against Andrew Yang’s call for Asian Americans to display patriotism NBC News

American Airlines crammed the only 11 passengers on a flight into 3 rows because they bought basic economy, report says Business Insider

The Coronavirus Meets Authoritarianism in Turkey The New Yorker

Covid-19 coronavirus

Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate ProPublica

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates.

NYPD’s Aggressive Policing Risks Spreading the Coronavirus Intercept

What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage Will Oremus

In short, the toilet paper industry is split into two, largely separate markets: commercial and consumer. The pandemic has shifted the lion’s share of demand to the latter. People actually do need to buy significantly more toilet paper during the pandemic — not because they’re making more trips to the bathroom, but because they’re making more of them at home.

The toilet paper shortage is more complicated than you think Vox

Someone’s Screwing You, And It Ain’t China: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix Caitlin Johnstone

New York considers loosening requirements for funeral directors as bodies pile up Politico

Coronavirus: ‘More and more’ young people experiencing severe disease, WHO warns Independent

California Valley Miwok Tribe Chairwoman issues statement in response to passage of federal stimulus package Indian Country Today

Identifying SARS-CoV-2 related, coronaviruses in Malayan pangolins PDF – Nature

U.S. war drive

William Barr Greenlit Bush’s Invasion of Panama, Is Venezuela Next? antiwar.com

Capitalist crisis

Hospital Bailouts Begin…for Those Owned by Private Equity Firms Counterpunch

$1.5 Trillion Helicopter Money for Wall Street in 3 Weeks of Fed Bailouts Wolf Street

Services Sector Falls off Cliff: First Data Points from the Eurozone where Lockdowns Started Earlier Wolf Street

Trump Admin Says Millions May Have to Wait 5 Months for $1,200 Relief Check Truthout

Blue-Collar America Braces for Another Devastating Recession Businessweek

When the Invisible Hand Gives You the Finger FAIR

America Is Having an Unemployment Apocalypse. Europe Chose Not to. Foreign Policy

Will coronavirus signal the end of capitalism? aljazeera.com

Global economy in sharpest reversal since Great Depression Financial Times


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