April 7, 2020

Warrior Workers

On today’s show Julio and guest co-host Jamilah King talk about how the worldwide pandemic is taking a toll on the economy and affecting workers throughout the country. They are joined by Jeet Heer, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation, and Sabrina Rodríguez, a trade reporter at Politico to talk about the social inequities brought to light by the coronavirus and how this may change our economic system for years to come.  How You Can Support Workers: - The National Domestic Workers Alliance is raising money for its Coronavirus Care Fund to support workers through the crisis. - The Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund is supporting creatives and others in the gig economy during this time. - The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation launched a COVID-19 emergency relief fund to support those in the industry through direct aid, zero-interest loans, and economic relief for individuals in crisis.  - You can also look for mutual aid efforts happening locally in this database. ITT Staff Picks: - Jeet Heer writes about how the coronavirus is intensifying class and social divides across the country via The Nation. - In her latest news roundup for Politico, Sabrina Rodríguez reports that President Trump is stopping export of crucial medical equipment, something that could cause other countries to retaliate.  - New data shows that 70 percent of the people who have died from COVID-19 in Chicago have been Black, as the pandemic disproportionately affects people of color via Mother Jones.    

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