Wednesday’s news links – April 15, 2020

Native Americans have already been decimated by disease. They’re scared it could happen again CNN

Angola Prisoners Say: “This is a war – and we’re in it”

Cuba Under Media Attack for Sending Doctors, Not Bombs, to Help Covid-19 Victims FAIR

Class war

Cruise ships crews: Stuck at sea, paydays dwindling and searching for a way home Washington Post

Coronavirus lockdowns are pushing mass transit systems to the brink – and low-income riders will pay the price The Conversation

More Workers Accuse McDonald’s of Sexual Harassment on the Job LaborPress

‘Beyond Predatory’: Trump Treasury Department Gives Banks Green Light to Seize $1,200 Stimulus Checks to Pay Off Debts Common Dreams

Stimulus checks being delayed so that Trump’s name can be printed on them Washington Post

The COVID-19 pandemic shows that capitalism fails workers Strikewave

They can’t march in the streets. So they’re protesting in their cars instead CNN

Amazon fires three reported critics of warehouse conditions in pandemic Reuters

Health workers can respond to this crisis by taking up working-class struggles as our own n+1

Hit Hard by Covid-19, Transit Workers Call for Shutdowns Citylab

Health care workers are 10%-20% of US coronavirus cases AP

The Dangerous History of Immunoprivilege NYTimes

Covid-19 coronavirus

How China broke the chain of infection Vijay Prashad, Du Xiaojun, Weiyan Zhu

Fisher Island in Florida buys thousands of coronavirus tests for its 800 families Daily Mail Online

Dozens of children at Chicago migrant center test positive for coronavirus Daily News

Decades of Science Denial Related to Climate Change Has Led to Denial of the Coronavirus Pandemic Inside Climate News

Indigenous Peoples

Navajo Nation Reports More Coronavirus Cases Per Capita Than All But 2 U.S. States HuffPost

Trans Mountain delays pipeline construction through Kamloops due to COVID-19 pandemic

Capitalist crisis

Income inequality is getting worse in US urban areas The Conversation

Income inequality has increased dramatically in the United States over recent decades, surpassing its previous peak in the 1920s.

In 2016, the average income among the bottom 24.9 million households was US$21,000. Meanwhile, the top 1%, or 1.2 million households, earned an average household income of $1.8 million.

230,000 Texas families filed for SNAP food assistance in March, twice as many as same month last year Texas Tribune

Too Big to Fail, COVID-19 Edition: How Private Equity Is Winning the Coronavirus Crisis Vanity Fair

Private equity has made multibillionaires of executives like Blackstone’s Steve Schwarzman (net worth: $17.5 billion) and Apollo’s Leon Black ($7.5 billion). Thanks to the $2 trillion bipartisan bailout bill, the industry’s coronavirus losses will belong to all of us.

Why Are Rich Americans Getting $1.7 Million Stimulus Checks? Forbes


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