The rallying cry for community control of police must be extended to the entire governmental apparatus. We have a plethora of governments at the city, county, state and the federal level yet they rarely act on the public’s behalf. That is why elected officials from Idaho to Pennsylvania to Alabama are certain they can get away with using the people’s money for dubious reasons. New prisons and better paid police are all we have to show for sickness, unemployment, and death. . . .
Skepticism abounds for good reasons. What passes for political leadership lurch between pretending that Covid-19 isn’t an issue until hospitals are full of patients or demanding that everyone be vaccinated without changing any of their living conditions. In any case the virus is now endemic, meaning that it isn’t going away. A nation that puts everyone on a knife edge of precarity cannot begin to address what this reality means for millions of people. Systemic change was needed before the pandemic and it is sorely needed now. . . .
In the months since the US government formally announced COVID-19 as a global pandemic, government officials have made calls for city and statewide quarantines to control the spread. However, [self] quarantine as a solution has been disrupted by the government’s inability to provide assistance to its citizens and by the ruling class’ organized push to “reopen America” in spite of the overwhelmingly affected colonized people who make up “essential workers”. As states begin to reassess reopenings because the number of cases continues to increase across the country, there can be no question that we have all been made to embrace . . .
As the days of the pandemic tick by, we are witnessing overwhelming evidence that the U.S. is using COVID-19 as an instrument to institute a capitalist dystopia. But this is no blockbuster Hollywood film. This is today’s new potential reality through the national security state apparatus. While there is no denying that people are suffering (and dying) from COVID-19 and neoliberal austerity, we must be acutely aware that the state’s reaction is not protecting us from the virus. Black Alliance For Peace coordinating committee member, Vanessa Beck, has maintained, “This crisis is a reminder that science has a social relationship . . .
Samuel A. Urbina B. International Affairs Student M.A. Musical Arts M.D. Student. Introducción El mundo, nuestro mundo, se encuentra subsumido en lo que podría ser una de las peores hecatombes sistémicas de nuestros tiempos. El COVID-19 (coronavirus) se ha erigido como una epidemia global, una pandemia de proporciones devastadoras para nuestras sociedades en muchos niveles y dimensiones. Noticias desgarradoras nos llegan a las pantallas de nuestros dispositivos, la radio y la televisión son copartícipes de la matriz de opinión desfavorable y desalentadora. ¿Hemos llegado al fin de los tiempos, o quizá hemos llegado al comienzo de “un nuevo tiempo”? En . . .