Trump says he has directed a halt to U.S. payments to the World Health Organization pending a review of its warnings about the coronavirus, blaming the organization for not preventing the pandemic.
— Read on www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-04-14/trump-halts-u-s-funding-to-the-world-health-organization
Traitor! Puts US at risk over his ego 🤬
User experience designers Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa say they lost their jobs after circulating a petition about Covid-19 risks
Source: Amazon fires two employees who condemned treatment of warehouse workers | Technology | The Guardian
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Russia wanted more leverage over an aspiring Libyan strongman. The White House provided it by assenting to a disastrous civil war.
The reality is that we shouldn’t consider opening the economy until we have both reduced infections dramatically and vastly increased testing, so we can crack down quickly on any potential re-emergence.
We can and must do better. And we’re at a pivotal juncture, with peak harvest about to begin. As a result of the pandemic, there have been mass H-2A visa suspensions, closed borders, severe worker layoffs. Our farm and food worker labor pool could shrink to the brink of collapse. If we don’t address this looming problem, an unprecedented national hunger crisis will be imminent. “In order to ‘flatten the curve’, the government needs to provide resources to those who don’t have the possibility of social distancing and sheltering in place. It’s immoral to expect that we carry the burden of this contradiction,” asserted Gerardo Reyes, a leader of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a tomato picker-led organization that’s calling on the state of Florida for emergency provisions for farmworkers. The Coalition is based in Immokalee, a town of 25,000 farmworkers with no hospitals, a situation that Reyes describes as “dry tinder in the path of the wildfire that is Covid-19”. Essential workers in US fields and processing plants are experts in what is needed to safeguard their own health and safety. They should be invited to play a central role in planning our food system’s workplace emerge
Source: US food workers are in danger. That threatens all of us | Vera L Chang and Seth M Holmes | Opinion | The Guardian