Coronavirus disaster in the USA

This 13 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Florida Sets Record for New COVID-19 Cases | NowThis

Just one day after Disney World in Orlando partially reopened, Florida set the national record for the highest single-day report of new COVID-19 cases.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 13 July 2020:

Lockout of performers at Walt Disney’s Florida theme park

The union representing some 750 park employees at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, charged the company with locking out members of Actors’ Equity for demanding testing for coronavirus. The union alleges Walt Disney backed out of a pledge to provide testing as a condition for returning to work ahead of the theme park’s July 11 reopening.

Disney justified its retaliation against Actors’ Equity workers by trumpeting the fact that seven other unions agreed to its safety protocols concerning the virus. The company stated, “We are exercising our right to open without Equity performers.”

Actors’ Equity cited recent data last week revealing that Florida had just registered more than 114,000 new COVID-19 cases. The union has insisted on testing given that social distancing for many of the workers who perform as actors is not practical.

From the New York Times in the USA today:

Coronavirus Live Updates: A Record 5.4 Million Americans Have Lost Health Insurance, Study Finds

“We’re not going to compromise because this is our safety”. Meatpacking, auto and health care workers take action to protect lives as pandemic surges in US. By Jessica Goldstein and Jerry White, 14 July 2020. Meatpacking workers in Greeley, Colorado, walked out Friday, and autoworkers are setting up rank-and-file safety committees to protect themselves from the deadly virus.

The uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus in the United States is a social crime. Definite individuals, acting on behalf of the financial oligarchy, are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people: here.

Trump wages war against science and Dr. Fauci, not coronavirus. By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2020. At an appearance Monday, Trump continued to deny that the coronavirus is actually spreading in the United States, claiming the skyrocketing number of cases is due entirely to more testing.

Houston hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients as Texas continues to reopen. By Chase Lawrence, 14 July 2020. Coronavirus skyrockets in Texas’ largest city as reopening continues.

Hundreds of workers infected and four dead from COVID-19 at Los Angeles sweatshop. By Marc Wells, 14 July 2020. The Los Angeles Apparel factory was shut down after months of reports and formal complaints filed by garment workers and advocacy groups.

From the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP in the USA today:

BREAKING: LDF’s Prepared to Vote team finds a dangerous and unacceptable lack of basic safety protections in Louisiana’s primary election

This is outrageous.

During Louisiana’s primary election over the weekend, we witnessed a dangerous and unacceptable lack of basic safety protections that put voters’ health at risk.

Here’s what LDF’s Prepared to Vote team found:

  • Polling place changes in some cities and parishes with late or no notification.
  • Absentee ballots that did not arrive before Election Day.
  • Lack of hand sanitizer in polling places.
  • Several instances of inaccessible polling places.
  • The refusal of many poll workers to wear masks and mocking voters who raised concerns about the lack of masks.

No one should have to put their life at risk to vote. No one should have to leave their polling place without voting because a poll worker makes them feel unsafe. Donate now to help make sure what happened in Louisiana never happens again.

Poll workers play a critical role in safeguarding American democracy and guaranteeing that all votes are counted. Mocking voters who are concerned about the lack of face masks, especially with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities, is bound to make Black voters worry for their safety at the polls.

This underscores how the refusal to wear masks could serve as an instrument of voter suppression, and we cannot allow this to happen in November.

LDF is ready to fight back and will make sure that what happened this weekend in Louisiana isn’t a dry run for the general election, but we need to make sure we have all the resources we need to win this fight.

Thank you for standing with us in this fight.

With you in solidarity,

Sherrilyn A. Ifill
President and Director-Counsel

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