Wednesday’s news links – Feb. 3, 2021

Source: Chicago Teachers Union Facebook page.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot backs down again in the face of looming teachers strike FightBack! News

“We have been disrespected at the table and the Board of Education won’t bargain.” Interview with Kenzo Shibata of CTU. Strike Wave


Amazon Employees Ordered To Attend Anti-Union Propaganda Meetings In Alabama, Workers Report Labor411

FTC says Amazon took away $62 million in tips from drivers ABC

Amazon’s anti-union blitz stalks Alabama warehouse workers everywhere, even the bathroom Washington Post

Amazon intensifies ‘severe’ effort to discourage first-ever US warehouse union Guardian


Just 5 percent of vaccinations have gone to Black Americans, despite equity efforts Politico

Data Reveals Dramatic Gap Between COVID Vaccinations and COVID Deaths Among Latinos in L.A. County Capital & Main

New numbers show that just 29% of the people receiving vaccines are Latinos, who account for 52% of L.A. County’s COVID deaths.

Homeless Deaths in Los Angeles Rose by More than 30% in 2020 Capital & Main

Long-Haul Covid Cases Cast New Light on Chronic Fatigue Sufferers KHN

Twice as Many Workers Died of COVID at Tyson Foods Than Any Other Meatpacker: Lawsuit Newsweek

Russia’s Sputnik Vaccine Is Reported To Be 92% Effective Against COVID-19 NPR

Angela Merkel says ‘every vaccine is welcome’ after Sputnik V results Deutsche Welle

Switzerland negotiating to buy COVID-19 vaccine from Iran

A hungry America needs new food for thought TheHill

President Biden’s decision to issue an executive order last week asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase food stamp benefits and provide more nutrition to children is a painful reminder of how America has enjoined the global hunger movement as both participant and leader. Census data show that 30 million American households reported periods of not having enough to eat last month, a sharp jump from before the coronavirus pandemic. Our nation was in the midst of a hunger crisis long before the pandemic. But COVID-19 has caused far more families to go hungry, with one in seven households and more than one in five Black and Latino households unable to get enough food to eat.

How Poverty Makes Workers Less Productive NPR

Indigenous Peoples

Over 50 Water Protectors in Minnesota March Onto Line 3 Pipeline Easement to Stop Construction Common Dreams

Hundreds deported under Biden, including witness to massacre


Haitians intensify struggle against president Jovenel Moïse Peoples Dispatch


Is an Israeli air strike on Iran imminent? – TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

Trump coup

‘Be ready to fight’: FBI probe of U.S. Capitol riot finds evidence detailing coordination of an assault Washington Post

‘I thought I was going to die’: AOC personalizes insurrection, bringing up past sexual assault Politico

Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood under investigation for possible voter fraud in Georgia NBC News

NBC Removes Story on Biden Official’s Ties to $500,000 in AIPAC Donations Haaretz

GameStop Short Squeeze: These Are the Big Wall Street Players Who Stood to Make Billions Wall Street on Parade

As GameStop stock crumbles, newbie traders reckon with heavy losses Washington Post

US Mint couldn’t meet demand for gold and silver coins due to pandemic buying The Guardian

The mainstream: meeting the historic challenges? Michael Roberts

Engels called mainstream economics ‘vulgar’ because it was no longer an objective scientific analysis of economies but had become an ideological justification for capitalism.

He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive? NYTimes

Dan-el Padilla Peralta thinks classicists should knock ancient Greece and Rome off their pedestal — even if that means destroying their discipline.

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