March 30 COVID News

The following COVID-19 resources may be useful to many of you; if you know of similar resources not on this list, send me an email and let me know.

i will be sending out regular newsletters updating this list and containing links to new information and perspectives that i find useful. When and if things calm down and i return to my activities as humble bookseller, this list will go back to being about that. Don’t hold your breath. To subscribe:

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Struggle and Fightback


Analysis & Commentary



Far Right

COVID-19: Preliminary Thoughts on the Current Situation, Montréal Antifasciste March 30,






The Clampdown


Confined in the Age of COVID-19






“Concerns about water access are intensifying globally in the face of the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.” “Right-wing parties are currently holding up discussions around the General Water Law in the Environmental and Climate Change Commission. The right has historically attempted to co-opt calls for a water law to push for a version of the law that would allow corporations to control how water is managed and distributed. “Salvadoran legislators need international pressure today. Send an email”

La La Desigualdad Es La Pandemia [Inequality Is The Pandemic] “In El Salvador, the water crisis is nothing new. In rural areas of the country, more than 600,000 people don’t have access to potable water and hundreds of thousands throughout the country have limited or intermittent access. This is all due to the overexploitation and contamination of national and transnational bottling, sugar, textile, and agricultural companies, among others. The result is a multilevel crisis of scarcity, nearly 70% water contamination, and unequal access to the vital liquid for El Salvador’s population.”







Capitalism Is the Disease: Mike Davis on the Coronavirus Crisis


An online teach-in with Mike Davis


Please join an online teach-in with renowned activist-scholar Mike Davis, author of numerous books, including The Monster at Our Door, In Praise of Barbarians, and the forthcoming Set the Night on Fire.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5:00 PM Eastern



Sponsored by Haymarket Books and Verso Books


Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the videoconference on the day of the event.


Fifteen years ago, in his prescient book, The Monster At Our Door, Mike Davis warned that a viral catastrophe was being cooked up in the toxic vat built by the combined dangers of global capitalist production, ecological devastation, and the intentional, politically motivated neglect of public services the world over. As coronavirus continues to spread, largely unabated, we are witnessing both profound acts of solidarity among working people, and the grotesque depths to which the ruling class is willing to sink for the sake of maintaining their profits. And these are only the early days of what will likely become a medical Katrina.


The pandemic has shown that capitalist globalization is biologically unsustainable in the absence of a truly international public health infrastructure, and we can say for sure that such an infrastructure will never exist until peoples’ movements break the power of Big Pharma and for-profit health care. Doing so will demand an independent socialist design for human survival well beyond even a Second New Deal.


In this virtual teach-in, Mike Davis will offer his appraisal of the crisis so far, discuss the urgent need for international solidarity to end this (and future) pandemics, and take questions from our digital audience.



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