Friday’s news links – May 22, 2020

After Dams Fail, Dow Admits Floodwaters in Midland, Michigan ‘Commingling’ With Toxic Chemical Storage Ponds Common Dreams

‘Grotesque Nature of Unequal Sacrifice’: Since Pandemic Hit, Wealthiest Americans Now $434 Billion Richer Common Dreams

Labor

Reopening reality check: Georgia’s jobs aren’t flooding back Politico

Columbia Sportswear Tried to Crush Warehouse Union Drive Intercept

Essential Workers Fight for Their Lives In These Times

Follow the Money: Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen Labor Notes

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, aren’t able to pay rent or their mortgages, and therefore face eviction or foreclosure. Yet the best that even “liberal” politicians are offering is a moratorium on evictions until some future point in time.

Unemployed, homeless

Week 9 of the Collapse of the U.S. Labor Market: Still Getting Worse at a Gut-Wrenching Pace Wolf Street

De Blasio pushes hard against moving all homeless to hotels Politico

Mortgage delinquencies surge by 1.6M in April, the biggest monthly jump ever USA Today

Coronavirus

Here’s what’s driving the rural South’s COVID-19 outbreaks Facing South

Divergent death tolls in New York’s Rockaways show Covid-19’s uneven reach Politico

Nearly 1 in 4 New Yorkers Needs Food as Pandemic Persists NYTimes

Battle Covid-19, Not Medicare for All: Doctors Demand Hospital Industry Stop Funding Dark Money Lobby Group Common Dreams

Prisoners

Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort Got to Leave Federal Prison Due to COVID-19. They’re The Exception. Marshall Project.

Turkey: A letter from hunger striking lawyer Aytac Unsal

India

Amphan: Kolkata devastated as cyclone kills scores in India and Bangladesh BBC

Cyclone Amphan: Kolkata airportflooded, all flight operations suspended Live Mint

A day after Amphan, Kolkata residents take stock of the damage left by worst storm in living memory Scroll


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