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What We're Reading: April Equity & Social Justice Edition

Thursday, April 9, 2020

By Alice Y. Hom and Daniel Lau, Northern California Grantmakers

More than ever, the focus on equity and social justice is needed during this time. April finds us physically distancing ourselves and for some communities the challenges are not new, just exacerbated with life-and-death consequences. The articles this month highlight the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities and how we need to re-think care, who does the care work, and why do disparities exist.

1. “You can’t pick strawberries over Zoom.”

Essential but Exposed: Farmworkers are risking their lives to feed a nation on lockdown. | by Yvette Cabrera, Grist

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2. Coronavirus is like a “lightning flash,” illuminating all of the failures in our capitalist system.

Taking Care of Each Other Is Essential Work | by Clio Chang, Vice

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3. Eugenics isn’t a relic from World War II; it is alive today, embedded in our culture, policies, and practices.

I’m disabled and need a ventilator to live. Am I expendable during this pandemic? | by Alice Wong, Vox

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4. “This virus has no ethnicity. This is not a Chinese virus.”

Coronavirus: Bay Area officials, advocates look to get in front of COVID-19 hate crimes | by Robert Salonga, The Mercury News

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5. “Of all the forms on inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.”

King’s radical economic agenda just right for a nation in pandemic mode | by Deborah Douglas, Medium

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Bonus

There are two for you this month because we’re living in challenging times. The first focuses on the racist history of pandemics and the second link is a special edition of articles of how we can be in community with each other. 

Your Racism Is Showing: Coronavirus and the Racist History of Pandemics | by Felice León, The Root

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APART. NOT ALONE: In the face of a global pandemic, we need to stand together more than ever. | by Time Magazine 

Read the Special Edition articles >