Sacrificing the Many for the Privilege of a Few

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by Gene Martinez

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Historically, crises have consistently exposed deeper realities of power and inequity that have always been present but are either disregarded or otherwise hidden during ordinary times. The COVID -19 pandemic has done just that. It is not just a health crisis; it is a crisis rooted in our very system of capitalism.

A capitalistic system, especially the one practiced in the United States, promotes the concentration of money, resources and power in the hands of a few by exploiting the work of the large working class. In the United States, the powerful few are the leaders of corporate America, and the exploited many are the marginalized brown and black populations, the working class and the poor.

The first cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed back in late January and early February. The Trump administration downplayed the risk posed by the virus and left the country open. “We have it totally under control,” Trump said in January, “It’s going to disappear.”

However, early cases of the virus, tied to international travel, affected mostly members of the powerful few: celebrities, political leaders and those close to Trump himself. On March 16, Trump and his administration declared a national emergency. It seems this was in response to the impact the virus was having on the ‘elite.’

As the pandemic now stretches into its fifth month, data gathered by the Atlantic shows that communities of color are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Black and brown communities account for more than half of coronavirus cases and nearly 60 percent of deaths.

According to the New York Times, the disproportionate burden that black, brown and poor communities are experiencing is a direct result of:

A) Their over-representation in professions where they are more likely to be exposed to the virus. And,

B) The income gap in the U.S. that has left these communities more vulnerable to being laid off.

The coronavirus is largely infecting, and affecting, members of disenfranchised communities of color who cannot afford to miss work and are not able to telecommute: meatpackers, those required to be in warehouses, loading food trucks, transportation workers, grocery clerks, etc.

Once this disproportionate impact of the epidemic was revealed to the powerful few, many began to regard the rising death toll as less of a national emergency and more of an inconvenience. Now, although the COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 96,000 people, our country has recently lifted the national emergency. It would appear that as long as the lives being lost and adversely affected by this disease are the disenfranchised, reviving the economy is more important than saving lives.

It’s no coincidence that since the demographic data of COVID – 19 victims surfaced, conservative broadcasters decried the restrictions, people protested, and the president called for people to return to work.

Trump said, “Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.”

Lifting pandemic related restrictions on businesses and reopening the country – as many U.S. states are now doing – exposes what we’ve already known, the powerful few who control

the empire known as ‘the United States of America’ will not hesitate to sacrifice the lives of the disenfranchised (black, brown and poor) for their personal gain.

According to the World Economic Forum, there has been 2,450 coronavirus deaths per day in the U.S. Amid this deadly condition which our marginalized population has been forced to face, Walmart’s stock has grown 2% and Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon is now projected to become a trillionaire by 2026.

The U.S. continues to have the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, with nearly 1.64 million people infected so far, and a Johns Hopkins University model projects deaths reaching 3,000 per day now that the country has lifted the shutdown.

We cannot let the powerful few remain secure and profitable at home while exploiting and forcing the many to risk their lives.

This is how we must emerge from this crisis: We must look critically at our current system, then enact real policies that are transformative for workers. Policies that invest in compassion, and that ensure better economic resiliency and greater accountability when it comes to the needs of the people. At Casa Maria, we believe in the works of mercy and the works of justice. We believe in a moral vision of a just, inclusive society that advances the emancipation of those minority groups from the deadly and destructive system of capitalism; one that secures the freedom for all of us to thrive.

 

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Históricamente, las crisis han expuesto constantemente realidades más profundas de poder e inequidad que siempre han estado presentes, pero que no se tienen en cuenta o se ocultan durante los tiempos normales. La pandemia COVID -19 ha hecho exactamente eso. No es solo una crisis de salud; Es una crisis arraigada en nuestro propio sistema de capitalismo.

Un sistema capitalista, especialmente el que se practica en los Estados Unidos, promueve la concentración de dinero, recursos y poder en manos de unos pocos al explotar el trabajo de la gran clase trabajadora. En los Estados Unidos, los pocos poderosos son los líderes de las empresas estadounidenses, y los más explotados son las poblaciones marrones y negras marginadas, la clase trabajadora y los pobres.

Los primeros casos del coronavirus se diagnosticaron a fines de enero y principios de febrero. La administración Trump restó importancia al riesgo que representa el virus y dejó abierto el país. “Lo tenemos totalmente bajo control”, dijo Trump en enero, “va a desaparecer”.

Sin embargo, los primeros casos del virus, ligados a viajes internacionales, afectaron principalmente a miembros de unos pocos poderosos: celebridades, líderes políticos y personas cercanas al propio Trump. El 16 de marzo, Trump y su administración declararon una emergencia nacional. Parece que esto fue en respuesta al impacto que el virus estaba teniendo en la “élite”.

A medida que la pandemia se extiende hasta su quinto mes, los datos recopilados por el Atlántico muestran que las comunidades de color están siendo desproporcionadamente afectadas por COVID-19. Las comunidades de Afro y Latino Americanos representan más de la mitad de los casos de Coronavirus y casi el 60 por ciento de las muertes.

Según el New York Times, la carga desproporcionada que sufren las comunidades negras, marrones y pobres es el resultado directo de:

  1. A) Su sobre representación en profesiones donde es más probable que estén expuestos al virus. Y,
  2. B) La brecha de ingresos en los Estados Unidos que ha dejado a estas comunidades más vulnerables a ser despedidas.

El Coronavirus está infectando y afectando en gran medida a los miembros de comunidades de color privadas de sus derechos que no pueden permitirse perder el trabajo y no pueden teletrabajar: empacadores de carne, aquellos que deben estar en almacenes, cargando camiones de comida, trabajadores de transporte, empleados de supermercados, etc.

Una vez que este impacto desproporcionado de la epidemia se reveló a unos pocos poderosos, muchos comenzaron a considerar el creciente número de muertos como una emergencia nacional y un inconveniente. Ahora, aunque el COVID-19 ha cobrado la vida de más de 96,000 personas, nuestro país recientemente levantó la emergencia nacional. Parecería que mientras las vidas que se pierden y se ven afectadas negativamente por esta enfermedad son privadas de sus derechos, revivir la economía es más importante que salvar vidas.

No es coincidencia que, dado que surgieron los datos demográficos de COVID – 19 víctimas, las emisoras conservadoras denunciaron las restricciones, la gente protestó y el presidente pidió que la gente volviera al trabajo.

Trump dijo: “¿Algunas personas se verán afectadas? Si. ¿Algunas personas se verán gravemente afectadas? Si. Pero tenemos que abrir nuestro país y tenemos que abrirlo pronto”.

Levantar las restricciones relacionadas con la pandemia en las empresas y reabrir el país, como lo hacen muchos estados de EE. UU., Expone lo que ya hemos conocido, los pocos poderosos que controlan.

El imperio conocido como “los Estados Unidos de América” ​​no dudará en sacrificar la vida de los marginados (negros, marrones y pobres) para su beneficio personal.

Según el Foro Económico Mundial, ha habido 2.450 muertes por Coronavirus por día en los EE. UU. En medio de esta condición mortal que nuestra población marginada se ha visto obligada a enfrentar, las acciones de Walmart han crecido un 2% y Jeff Bezos, CEO de Amazon, ahora se proyecta que se convierta en un trillonario para 2026.

Estados Unidos continúa teniendo el mayor brote de Coronavirus en el mundo, con casi 1.64 millones de personas infectadas hasta el momento, y un modelo de la Universidad Johns Hopkins proyecta muertes que alcanzan las 3.000 por día ahora que el país ha levantado el cierre.

No podemos permitir que los pocos poderosos permanezcan seguros y rentables en casa mientras explotan y obligan a muchos a arriesgar sus vidas.

Así es como debemos salir de esta crisis: debemos mirar críticamente nuestro sistema actual, y luego promulgar políticas reales que sean transformadoras para los trabajadores. Políticas que invierten en la compasión y que aseguran una mejor capacidad de recuperación económica y una mayor rendición de cuentas cuando se trata de las necesidades de las personas. En Casa Maria, creemos en las obras de misericordia y las obras de justicia. Creemos en una visión moral de una sociedad justa e inclusiva que promueva la emancipación de esos grupos minoritarios del sistema mortal y destructivo del capitalismo; uno que asegure la libertad para que todos prosperemos.

IT’S ALL POLITICAL!

by Cesar Aguirre

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A few months ago, before the pandemic hit, I got together with the family to watch the super bowl. My brother-in-law was sitting next to me when he received a text. Out loud he read the message, “‘Do you support Bernie?’ Oh hell no!” I leaned over curiously, hoping to spark meaningful discourse (sports just don’t do it for me anymore, I need substance). Instead of discussion I got shut down with the most politically charged statement that one can make, “I’m not political, I don’t do politics bro.”

Anyone that knows me knows I wear my politics on my sleeve. I’m proud to say that I’m for healthcare and education for all, affordable housing, environmental protection, and an economy that puts people and the their needs before profit (not this capitalist system that puts profit over people. Even with COVID-19 there are many that feel it more important to open up the economy regardless of the lives that will be lost in doing so).

When he first said that he is not political I had some respect for him. See, we must understand that that is a political statement in itself. It can mean many things but it is political. I used to choose not to participate in a system that A) was not made, designed, created for me to participate in and B) I felt I had no real voice, influence, or choice that could help improve my quality of life. It was my political stance to not participate. It can also be a way to cop-out of having meaningful discourse (or even an argument as tempers can flare when talking politics). I thought maybe he chose not to participate in the system, but it was really a cop-out. A few weeks later I found out that he and my sister went to march at the state capitol to protest a gun control law. I’m sure that he felt our politics wouldn’t align and it could turn ugly, so instead of discussion and an opportunity for critical thinking we just continue to assume what we each believe in politically.

A friend was telling me a story that a friend of ours told him about when he was a teenager and left his parents home to live with a friend because he got into with his dad.

Family dynamics are political too. Some families are run conservatively, one could say militant, or like a dictatorship, where one parent has the final say and obedience and harsh discipline or punishment are the result of disobedience or “talking back”. Other families are run more liberal and open minded, where children are allowed to have opinions and argue their point of view, shaping their own beliefs and “misbehavior”or bad/negative choices are an opportunity for reflection, discussion and growth.

Our friend was being raised in the former, the friend that he went to go live with was being raised in the latter. Our friend had never seen anything like it. His friend was actually allowed to talk back and voice his opinions to his parents. Right before his eyes was a whole new world, one where he could question what he is being told and there was real discussion, arguments, and it really changed the way he interacted with the world.

I’m not saying one way is right and the other is wrong. As a parent of two very different girls I can tell you that what works for one won’t always work for the other.

Politics affect so many parts of our lives. It’s way more than just gun control, or abortion (most Catholics voted for trump regardless of how evil he is). Everything from education to sidewalks and streetlights depends on the politicians that are supposed to represent us. So why are we not constantly engaged in meaningful discussion about politics?

If we are able to be open minded and have real discussions based in facts we could get a lot more done working together. I’m sure my brother-in-law and I have a lot more in common politically than not (we’re both working class brown men, and he’s a union rail worker). But somehow he’s been convinced that we are against each other because according to him and my sister the “Democrats are trying to take our guns away” and thats why they wont vote this year.

After some reflection I realize I do have some respect for my brother-in-law. Maybe he’s choosing not to participate in the elections because he feels he really doesn’t have a choice and isn’t represented by any candidate. But until we have that conversation I can only assume.

We all have things we feel strongly about but we cannot cling to one above all. My politics_edit-900x600passions are abolishing the criminal “in”justice system and supporting public education, but I engage in politics on all levels and try to stay informed. They want us to have tunnel vision, hollering back and forth about what matters most to us, or even better, refusing to even engage with each other at all!

But don’t forget, it’s all political!

 

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Hace unos meses, antes del golpe de la pandemia, me reuní con la familia para ver el Súper Bowl. Mi cuñado estaba sentado a mi lado cuando recibió un mensaje de texto. En voz alta leyó el mensaje: “¿Apoyas a Bernie? ¡Oh, demonios, no!” Me incliné con curiosidad, con la esperanza de provocar un discurso significativo (los deportes ya no lo hacen por mí, necesito sustancia). En lugar de debatir, me cerraron con la declaración con mayor carga política que uno puede hacer: “No soy político, no hago política, hermano”.

Cualquiera que me conozca sabe que llevo mi política en la manga. Me enorgullece decir que estoy a favor de la atención médica y la educación gratis para todos, viviendas asequibles, protección del medio ambiente y una economía que antepone a las personas y sus necesidades a las ganancias (no a este sistema capitalista que pone las ganancias sobre las personas. Incluso con COVID- 19 hay muchos que sienten que es más importante abrir la economía independientemente de las vidas que se perderán al hacerlo).

Cuando dijo por primera vez que no es político, lo respeté un poco. Mira, debemos entender que esa es una declaración política en sí misma. Puede significar muchas cosas, pero es político. Solía ​​elegir no participar en un sistema en el que A) no estaba hecho, diseñado, creado para que yo participara y B) Sentía que no tenía una voz, influencia o elección real que pudiera ayudarme a mejorar mi calidad de vida. Era mi postura política no participar. También puede ser una forma de evitar tener un discurso significativo (o incluso una discusión, ya que los ánimos pueden estallar cuando se habla de política). Pensé que tal vez él eligió no participar en el sistema, pero realmente fue una evasión. Unas semanas más tarde descubrí que él y mi hermana fueron a marchar al capitolio estatal para protestar contra una ley de control de armas. Estoy seguro de que sintió que nuestra política no se alinearía y que podría volverse fea, por lo que, en lugar de una discusión y una oportunidad para el pensamiento crítico, simplemente continuamos asumiendo lo que cada uno cree políticamente.

Un amigo me contaba una historia que un amigo nuestro le contó cuando era un adolescente y dejó a sus padres en casa para vivir con un amigo porque se metió con su padre.

La dinámica familiar también es política. Algunas familias se ejecutan de manera conservadora, se podría decir militante, o como una dictadura, donde uno de los padres tiene la última palabra y la obediencia y la disciplina o castigos severos son el resultado de la desobediencia o “respuesta”. Otras familias son más liberales y de mente abierta, donde se les permite a los niños tener opiniones y argumentar sus puntos de vista, moldeando sus propias creencias y “mala conducta” o elecciones malas / negativas son una oportunidad para la reflexión, discusión y crecimiento.

Nuestro amigo fue criado en el primero, el amigo con el que fue a vivir fue criado en el segundo. Nuestro amigo nunca había visto algo así. A su amigo se le permitió hablar y expresar sus opiniones a sus padres. Justo ante sus ojos había un mundo completamente nuevo, uno en el que podía cuestionar lo que le decían y había una discusión real, argumentos, y realmente cambió la forma en que interactuaba con el mundo.

No digo que una forma sea correcta y la otra incorrecta. Como madre de dos niñas muy diferentes, puedo decirte que lo que funciona para una no siempre funcionará para la otra.

La política afecta muchas partes de nuestras vidas. Es mucho más que solo el control de armas o el aborto (la mayoría de los católicos votaron por triunfo sin importar cuán malvado sea). Todo, desde la educación hasta las aceras y las farolas, depende de los políticos que se supone que nos representan. Entonces, ¿por qué no estamos constantemente involucrados en una discusión significativa sobre política?

Si podemos ser de mente abierta y tener discusiones reales basadas en hechos, podríamos hacer mucho más trabajando juntos. Estoy seguro de que mi cuñado y yo tenemos mucho más en común políticamente que no (los dos somos hombres latinos de clase trabajadora y él es un trabajador ferroviario sindical). Pero de alguna manera está convencido de que estamos en contra porque, según él y mi hermana, “los demócratas están tratando de quitarnos las armas” y es por eso que no votarán este año.

Después de reflexionar, me doy cuenta de que respeto a mi cuñado. Tal vez está eligiendo no participar en las elecciones porque siente que realmente no tiene otra opción y no está representado por ningún candidato. Pero hasta que tengamos esa conversación, solo puedo asumir.

Todos tenemos cosas por las que nos sentimos fuertemente, pero no podemos aferrarnos a una sobre todo. Mis pasiones están aboliendo el sistema de justicia penal  y apoyando la educación pública, pero me dedico a la política en todos los niveles y trato de mantenerme informado. Quieren que tengamos visión de túnel, gritando de un lado a otro sobre lo que más nos importa, o incluso mejor, ¡negándose a relacionarnos entre nosotros!

Pero no lo olvides, ¡todo es político!

Medical care for all

      Last week I received a notification that El Rio Community Health Center would be doing free COVID-19 tests. I decided to set appointments for my mom and me. As I was making our appointments my mom stopped me to say she wasn’t going. Irritated I asked her why, she said, even if she were sick she couldn’t afford treatment anyway. I couldn’t believe that most of us are having to face this dilemma. The tests might be free but medical treatment can cost uninsured patients tens of thousands of dollars. According to the Census Bureau, the average South Tucson resident’s annual income is $23,603. DES makes it almost impossible to qualify for Medicare, leaving us with the existential choice of taking on overwhelming debt or assure our health care.
      Health care shouldn’t be a privilege, it’s our human right! We live in the wealthiest country in the world and yet over 30 million of the American population including over 750,000 in Arizona, do not have health care. It’s preposterous that the U.S stands entirely alone among developed nations that do not offer universal health care.
     Unfortunately, it took a pandemic for most of us to realize that the healthcare system is broken. We cannot allow our government to continue practicing inequalities by prioritizing private profit instead our citizens wellbeing. To take action against health disparities, we must hold our government accountable to immediately provide free Covid-19 testing and treatment for everyone. Most importantly, remember to elect the democratic candidates that care and will reform our privatized health care system.
Written by Roxanna Valenzuela
Casa Maria Catholic Worker

Gentrification Crisis

Our community needs to take on this attitude, no? That housing is a most basic human need just like health care.

My prayer is that the damned pandemic might slap into peoples consciousness the need for “a massive investment in public housing and anti-gentrification community land trust”, starting right here in South Tucson! Check out these articles! -Brian Flagg

 

 

 

 

 

 

¡Vamos Hachando le Ganas con Positividad!

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Mi opinión del Covid-19 es que las personas de bajo recursos estamos batallando más por no tener el trabajo para poder llevar nuestra comida para casa. En algunas familias nomas están trabajando, mama o papa, solo una persona, y eso no alcanza para todas las necesidades. A mí me da mucha tristeza los niños cuando te piden algo y nos puedes complacerlos. Pero, si pudieras venir a Casa María todos los estamos abiertos de 8:30-11:00 A.M. Estamos para servir a todas las familias que necesitan comida. ¡Vengan por ella!

Me preocupa que las personas más vulnerables se puedan enfermar del Corona Virus por la falta de recurso y no estar bien alimentados. Es muy triste que muera la gente, especialmente por no tener seguro médico. Los hispanos y comunidades de bajo recursos somos los más vulnerables porque tenemos que trabajar porque a muchos de nosotros no nos quedan de otra. Vamos hachando le ganas con positividad y adelante que nuestro padre, Dios, nos proteja a todos. ¡Dios te ama!

Quisiera decirles a las personas que vean este mensaje que si usted tiene la oportunidad de ayudar al necesita puede hacerlo. Ay muchas maneras de ayudar al prójimo ¡Se necesita mucho de usted! Nos podemos ayudar unas ha otros, así como Casa María, estamos para servir. Tenemos que ser generosos con el prójimo, Yo pienso, ¡que el que no vive para servir no sirve para vivir!

Este artículo bilingüe fue escrito por Laura, quien ha dedicado su tiempo a los ministerios de Casa María más de 11 años. Podemos continuar sirviendo a nuestra comunidad gracias a nuestros voluntarios de buen corazón como Laura.

 

Let’s Move forward with Positivity!

My opinion of the Covid-19 is that low-income people are struggling more with not having enough work to be able to take food necessities. In some families, only one person is working, mom or dad, and that is not enough for all needs. It makes me really sad when children ask for something and you are not able to provide. However, if you could come to Casa María we are all open from 8:30-11:00 A.M. We are here to serve all families who need food. Come pick up!

I am concerned that the most vulnerable people may get sick from the Corona Virus due to lack of resources and not being well fed. It is very sad that people die, especially because they do not have health insurance. Hispanics and low-income communities are the most vulnerable because we have to work, many of us have no other choice. Let’s move forward with positivity and have faith that our father God, protects us all. God loves you!

I would like to tell the people who see this message that if you have the opportunity to help, you can do so. There are many ways to help others, much is needed from you! We can help each other, just as Casa María, we are here to serve. We have to be generous with our neighbor, I think that he who does not live to serve does not deserve to live!

Este artículo bilingüe fue escrito por Laura, quien ha dedicado su tiempo a los ministerios de Casa María más de 11 años. Podemos continuar sirviendo a nuestra comunidad gracias a nuestros voluntarios de buen corazón como Laura.

 

The People’s Bailout

 

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The coronavirus has had a worldwide impact like nothing we have ever seen. However, it has also created an unprecedented opportunity for positive change, if we take action now. Decisions are being made in Washington, D.C. that will determine the course of our society for decades to come. YOU can have a direct influence on those decisions.

As the U.S. government puts together another “stimulus” package, there is a strong grassroots movement rising to demand a just and equitable package focused on the people, not just corporations. Seven congressional Democrats have joined with over five-hundred groups nationwide to let federal lawmakers know we want a People’s Bailout that prioritizes public health and economic relief for workers over corporate profits.

The proposed People’s Bailout is based on these five principles:

  1. Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions –

Free and widely available testing, treatment and protective equipment, paid sick leave and expanded federal funding for Medicaid.

These and other health protections cover all people, including low-wage earners, family farmers, black and Latinx communities, undocumented immigrants, indigenous peoples, the incarcerated and the homeless.

  1. Provide economic relief directly to the people –

Broaden unemployment insurance, increase food aid programs, extend housing assistance, halt evictions and foreclosures.

  1. Aid for rescue workers and communities –

Financial aid directed at specific industries must be channeled to workers, not shareholders or corporate executives.

  1. Make a down payment on an environmentally friendly, sustainable economy and infrastructure.

In addition to short-term emergency action, a large long-term plan must be put into place. By focusing on combating the climate crisis and the unfairness built into our economic system we can create millions of good, family-sustaining jobs with high labor standards. This long-term package must include and invest in working families, communities of color and indigenous communities.

  1. Protect our democratic process while we protect our health –

Ensure the Covid19 crisis does not prevent people from being able to exercise their right to vote by expanding vote by mail, online or automatic registration, extending voting deadlines and increasing early voting days.

This grassroots movement for a People’s Bailout is happening right now. The demand of the people is taking hold. This week, the House of Representatives passed a stimulus package directed at helping people and small businesses. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said “There will be a big, broad COVID 4. For anyone who thinks this is the last train out of the station, that is not close to the case.” So now is the time to act; Congress is debating these issues even as we speak. You can take real action to impact the course of our society toward a people-oriented, environment-oriented national community rooted in justice. In this critical situation, your voice can truly matter. Go to thepeoplesbailout.org for detailed information and an immediate, easy-to-use link to send a letter to your senators and representative. Use your voice and make it heard!

“When we are united, we are powerful. Let’s come together – black, brown, white, native and newcomer, from big cities and family farms, and demand a People’s Bailout.”

https://thepeoplesbailout.org/home/#petition

“We cannot wait any longer to deal with the structural causes of poverty, in order to heal our society from an illness that can only lead to new crises.” -Pope Francis

Submitted by Dennis Shannon, volunteer, Casa Maria

Dennis has been interested in social justice for decades

and has been a volunteer at Casa Maria Tucson for over fifteen years.

 

Corona Virus and the Dangers of Ecofacism

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By Citlali Ramirez

The Coronavirus outbreak has exposed many flaws not only in our governmental and economic structures, but also in our societal structures and the way in which people interact with and react to the world. I have recently seen posts and tweets circulating social media claiming that the minor but noticeable improvements in the environment as evidence that “we are the virus”. This is an ecofscist narrative that perpetuates a toxic environmentalist perspective, minimizing the value of human lives for the sake of protecting the Earth’s ecosystems.

This ideology is not new and historically comes hand in hand with xenophobia and genocidic ideologies. Dating back to 1798, Malthusians believed that while the Earth’s population grows exponentially, the Earth’s resources and food supply only increase linearly, ultimately leading to shortages. Neo Malthusians and many white environmentalists in the 1960s and 70s used these false narratives to villainize African and Asian countries for being “overpopulated” despite the fact that the U.S. and other western countries consume more resources and pollute the environment significantly more. 

Instead of wrongly placing the blame on the nonwestern world and people of color, we must expose the negative effects of capitalism not only on the environment, but also on our social, political, and economic aspects of our society. The fixation with cheap and fast production of goods has led to chemical pollutants in water, increased carbon and methane emissions, inhumane treatment of workers overseas and domestically, and so much more. Overproduction creates far more of a negative impact on the Earth and its people than our inherent existence. Capitalism is the virus.

We’ve Gotta Know The Issues, Stay WOKE!

The COVID-19 Pandemic has been extremely hard for me to deal with. I struggle with depression and anxiety, being locked up in my home alone is where I sometimes want to be, but it’s not the healthiest place for me. This pandemic also hits home because my mom has respiratory issues and a weak immune system, so I really worry about her health and ability to access quality medical care if she does get sick. What I struggle with most is the complacency and apathy of many of my fellow Americans.

I know this is a scary situation, but there are even scarier things happening all around us, and if we are not careful we will see more death by famine, war, disease, climate change and the murderous disparities caused by this inhumane capitalist system that has allowed this virus to wreak havoc on our society.

Chomsky On Coronavirus: Why Neoliberalism And Big Pharma Can’t Respond

Last week I left my house and noticed my gas gauge was on E. The car had been parked for a few weeks because I was working on it. After a few seconds of pumping gas, I realized the gas wasn’t going into the tank. I pumped nearly 2 gallons of gas onto the ground. Someone cut the fuel line so they could insert a hose and siphon the gas out of my tank. I was furious, and worried. I was in real danger. There was enough gas on the ground that it rolled under my car’s engine and under the engine of the car parked at the pump next to me.

The driver of the car was paying at the pump with her card, using paper towels to push the buttons on the card reader. I kept a safe distance and said, “excuse me ma’am.” She completely ignored me. I said it louder. Nothing!

I noticed her back bumper was filled with humanitarian aid stickers as I started to explain to her what had happened, “I’m sorry to bother you but someone cut my gas line and I pumped a bunch of gas onto the ground before I realized it. Please don’t start your car after you’re done pumping because we could blow up!” The entire time I talked she did her best to ignore me. As she heard the last few words (because we could blow up) her face twisted into a worrisome, fearful grimace. She said, “I’m not going down with you buddy!” And quickly turned toward her car, opened the door, and was about to hop in when she stepped in the puddle of gas that had rolled under her car. At that moment everything clicked for her, she stopped and turned toward me and said, “Oh my God! I am so sorry. You’re trying to warn me to not start my car because the spark from my engine could ignite the gas you spilled. God bless you. I’m sorry for being such a b*$&h but this whole coronavirus thing has me all crazy. We can’t get close to anyone or touch anything, it’s just so insane. Here you are trying to help me and I’m totally just trying to ignore you.” I told her I was just glad she realized it when she did and I pushed the car a safe distance for her to start it so she could be on her way.

This is a perfect example of how we as a nation can be so consumed with fear that we totally ignore the clear and present dangers all around us. During this time is the perfect opportunity for rich vultures to take all they can

This Is The Largest Theft Ever In US History (Web Exclusive).

I have a lot of friends and family that are really excited about the stimulus package being passed because they are gonna see a little money in their pockets, but let’s be real, there’s WAY MORE in it for the rich. We should be angry…no we should be pissed! Small businesses are getting loans while corporations get billions in free money and real estate investors get $170 billion in tax breaks

Wealthy real estate developers like Trump score a huge tax break in the stimulus bill,

Bonanza for Rich Real Estate Investors, Tucked Into Stimulus Package.

     COVID-19 is real and we need to take precautions and care for our elders and children but we also need to stay aware and stay active. We have the capacity to communicate with people across the globe in seconds. Let’s use that to our advantage and contact our elected officials and demand they do for the people during this time of crisis, not for the corporations. We’ve gotta know the issues, stay WOKE!

by Cesar Aguirre

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