Around midnight, Mother Leydy called an ambulance since Alejandra Monocuco, her friend and housemate, could not breathe well. Approximately 50 minutes later, an ambulance arrived. However, the paramedics did not come with the necessary PPE, meaning it took them fifteen more minutes to safely enter the house after arriving. They took Alejandra’s temperature and took blood from her finger. The paramedics told them that she had no symptoms for COVID-19 and that there was no need to worry. She was asked if she had any other symptoms, to which she replied that she was living with HIV. After that, the . . .
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 . . .
Colonized people this is our time to usher in a future where no one lives at the expense of another. We must strike now while the enemy is confused and beaten before it regains its bearings. We poor and working class Colonized people will not sacrifice our lives and future again to reopen colonialism! . . .
Sometimes it takes a crisis to see clearly, but universal healthcare, housing, food, utilities, education and a clean and livable planet are all human rights and absolute necessities, even absent a global pandemic. We must fight for a system that will provide those human rights to us all. . . .