Thursday’s news links – April 30, 2020

May Day strike

Toward the Mass Strike: Interview with Two Southern Organizers Cosmonaut

In anticipation of May Day, we’ve sat down to talk with two organizers from Cooperation Jackson, an organization building economic democracy and solidarity in Jackson, Mississippi, and Target Workers Unite, a militant retail worker organization fighting one of the largest corporations in the United States.

New York City Tenants Want the State to Cancel Their Rent. So They’re Going on Strike. Vice

Class war

Mural painted outside Jeff Bezos’ house in protest demanding more coronavirus safety for Amazon workers Fox

Stanford Health Cuts Healthcare Workers’ Pay 20% SEIU

Los Angeles Teachers Use Contract Action Teams to Win COVID-19 Victory Labornotes

ILO: As job losses escalate, nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods International Labour Organization

This May Be the Real Reason Trump Is Throwing a Bone to Meatpackers Mother Jones

Coronavirus

Poll Shows Tens of Millions of Americans Would Avoid Covid-19 Treatment Over Cost Fears Common Dreams

Comparing COVID-19 Deaths to Flu Deaths Is like Comparing Apples to Oranges Scientific American

Experts demolish studies suggesting COVID-19 is no worse than flu Ars Technica

Antibody tests support what’s been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu Washington Post

Over 70% of Tested Inmates in Federal Prisons Have COVID-19, Official Figures Show Time

Why Did the World Health Organization Wait Until March to Declare a Global Pandemic? Vijay Prashad

The U.S. has now surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases. Blaming China and the WHO does nothing to explain why the U.S. has 5 times as many cases as the next highest country.

Moldova: Protesters demand justice for prisoners, doctors, fined residents during pandemic

This measles study shows how small towns help epidemics spread Futurity

China

Will China replace Islam as the West’s new enemy? Middle East Eye

The dangerous new consensus: blame China Stephen Kinzer / Boston Globe

Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s Anti-China Campaign Strategy is Part of a Broader Imperialist War Against China Black Agenda Report

Maj Sjöwall: ‘Nordic noir’ pioneer, author of the Martin Beck series, dies aged 84 Guardian

Lenin is one of those truly exceptional cases Granma

Excerpts from speeches by Comandante en jefe Fidel Castro Ruz in 1970, 1981, 1992 and 2001


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