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Alarm Bells: COVID-19 In Alabama's Meatpacking Plants

Alarm Bells: COVID-19 In Alabama's Meatpacking Plants

Photo credit: Hometown Organizing Project / cc Workers throughout Alabama are reaching out to me to sound an alarm on what they are seeing inside meatpacking plants.This piece started out as an informative piece on how and why the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly...

We Need A New Food System, Not Meat Industry Bailouts

We Need A New Food System, Not Meat Industry Bailouts

Photo credit: Government Accountability Office / cc The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on disturbing injustices in our food system—reaffirming the need for systemic change. Slaughterhouses (euphemistically called “meatpacking plants” by the meat...

Mitch McConnell’s Failure To Lead Is Moral Bankruptcy

Mitch McConnell’s Failure To Lead Is Moral Bankruptcy

States that spent millions of dollars fighting the coronavirus asked the federal government for help plugging huge holes in their budgets. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave them the finger instead. The Kentucky Republican said he’d rather let states go...

Scalia Is OSHA's Fox In The Henhouse

Scalia Is OSHA's Fox In The Henhouse

Thousands of workers across America begged the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate when their employers failed to take steps to protect them from COVID-19. They reported a lack of face masks, gloves, soap and hand sanitizer. They warned...

America's Backbone Under COVID-19: Blue-Collar Workers

America's Backbone Under COVID-19: Blue-Collar Workers

At the start of each shift, Eric Jarvis takes a handful of anti-bacterial wipes and sanitizes the equipment he uses at the Packaging Corp. of America mill in Valdosta, Ga. He worries about getting the coronavirus every time he leaves for work, but knows the nation...

The Leadership Hoax

The Leadership Hoax

American Roots workers making masks for COVID-19 frontline caregivers. Photo credit: American Roots / USW / cc. Health care workers continue to put their lives on the line, caring for patients despite critical shortages of the safety gear they need to protect...

OSHA Needs A Prescription for Safety Now

OSHA Needs A Prescription for Safety Now

Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Collin Schmidt, U.S. Air Force, cc Kimberly Delbrune-Mitter, a cardiac nurse, cares deeply about her patients and remains steadfast in her desire to help them, even as COVID-19 spreads across America. What plagues her about the new...

An Epidemic of Insecurity

An Epidemic of Insecurity

Photo credit: Alex Proimos / flickr / cc The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its worst loss since the 2008 financial crisis in a single day this week because of the coronavirus’ impact on global trade, leaving many Americans sick with worry. It’s not just a...

I Know Firsthand Why Unions Should Endorse Bernie

I Know Firsthand Why Unions Should Endorse Bernie

Photo credit: Max Goldberg / Wikimedia Commons / cc One late summer evening in 2000, my home phone rang in Moretown, Vermont. “Can you please hold for Congressman Sanders?” the voice on the line asked. At the time, I had been doing what union organizers do when...

Why We Must Remember Berta Cáceres

Why We Must Remember Berta Cáceres

Photo credit: goldmanprize.org  On July 15, 2013, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), led by Berta Cáceres Flores, went to protest the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River. This river, in western...

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