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Coronavirus is disproportionately killing black Americans

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Kathryn Krawczyk, The Week — Celebrities may be calling COVID-19 a “great equalizer,” but statistics from across the U.S. show that’s far from the truth. Coronavirus case numbers and death tolls have revealed the virus is disproportionately affecting black Americans in many parts of the country — though statistics from some of the hardest hit areas haven’t been revealed yet, The New York Times reports. Black Americans make up just about…

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A first responder greets patients waiting in their cars Monday to enter a coronavirus testing center at United Medical Center, the sole hospital in Washington’s Ward 8.

U.S. government is urged to release race, ethnicity data on COVID-19 cases

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

A civil rights group and doctors cite reports that the pandemic is affecting African Americans at a disproportionate rate. By Vanessa Williams, The Washington Post — A civil rights group and hundreds of doctors are calling on the federal government to release race and ethnicity data on coronavirus infections and deaths from covid-19, citing reports that the pandemic is affecting African Americans at a disproportionate rate. The information is necessary to “better…

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For decades, people living near 'cancer alley' have breathed in some of the country's most toxic air. covid-19 has only worsened the existing public health crisis.

‘Cancer Alley’ has some of the highest Coronavirus death rates in the country

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

As predominately Black communities in the polluted areas along the Mississippi from New Orleans to Baton Rouge face heightened risks from COVID-19, the EPA has suspended enforcement of the environmental rules designed to protect them. By Sophie Kasakove, VICE — For Mary Hampton, social distancing is the easy part. Her biggest vulnerability during the coronavirus pandemic is beyond her control: the massive petrochemical plant just outside her home in Reserve,…

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Vantage Point: State of Newark Report With Mayor Ras J. Baraka — The Professor on the Soap Box

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio April 6, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Mayor Ras J. Baraka and callers. Topics State of Newark Report: Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic The Professor on the Soap Box The Orange Man: Presidential Malfeasance Why Elections and Electoral Politics Matter The Black Family Summit’s Emergency Response Initiative Audience Call-In Call (212) 209-2877 during the…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

AOC wants coronavirus ‘reparations’ for minority communities

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Reparations

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for coronavirus reparations for minorities, claiming higher numbers of COVID-19 fatalities in low-income communities stems from underlying inequality. By Ebony Bowden, New York Post — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called for coronavirus reparations for minorities, claiming higher numbers of COVID-19 fatalities in low-income communities stems from underlying inequality. “COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted to her 6 million…

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Soldiers at US Army Garrison Casey in South Korea screen people awaiting entry to the installation, February 26, 2020.

‘Slide into martial law’: ACLU attorney warns anti-coronavirus measures are coming at the expense of civil liberties

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet — As the coronavirus pandemic grew increasingly deadly, a long list of countries imposed strict social distancing measures. Major cities all around the world, from Madrid to Paris to San Francisco, are largely shut down. Yet exactly how governments have carried out social distancing requirements has varied from country to country; the government of Mainland China has been accused of authoritarian, heavy-handed tactics, while the liberal…

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Coughing

State of Emergency Declared for Black America as Public Health Experts Reveal Coronavirus is Airborne

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

Medical experts have sounded the alarm that the virus could well be transmitted through the air. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA — While many medical doctors maintain that the novel coronavirus is transmitted through droplets from coughs or sneezes, more and more medical experts and officials who work primarily with infectious respiratory illnesses and aerosols are convinced that the disease is airborne. Today, as a result of recent medical research…

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Trump, FDR

The Shame, it took a Virus for America to Finally Bail out Its Workers and the Poor

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — Moments before the House took a final vote on the COVID stimulus package, a handful of progressive House Democrats railed that the bill gave the heavy cash to the major corporations. While workers and the poor, they said, got crumbs. This was also pretty much the attack line from Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and other progressive Democrats in the days before the final vote on…

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Medicine students look through microscopes at a laboratory of the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana.

Meet the Americans Studying Medicine on the Cuban Government’s Dime

By Commentaries/Opinions, COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Cuban government has been paying Americans through a little known program to study medicine in order to return to the United States and serve underprivileged communities. By Alan Macleod, MPN — It’s a medical school like no other: the largest of its kind in the world. The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba hosts students from well over 100 countries and every year, dozens of American…

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The National Black Nurses Association

NBNA Strongly Supports a Healthy and Safe Work Environment for Nurses Who are on the Frontline Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, COVID-19 (Coronavirus), News & Current Affairs

Silver Spring, Maryland — The National Black Nurses Association is distressed by the growing reports of nurses who are trying to ensure that they and all frontline health workers are protected while caring for patients in this pandemic. Martha A. Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE, President, National Black Nurses Association, said: “It is unacceptable…

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