People battling the spread of COVID-19 face many unique challenges in tracing contacts among low-income Latino immigrants in close-knit communities. Longstanding inequalities in the health system, job insecurity, immigration status, language barriers and a deep distrust of the government make this already tricky task difficult.
COVID-19 has also highlighted the importance of these immigrants to their communities. While Telluride is known for its dazzling mountain resort, the place works because of the workers – many of them first-generation immigrants – in the surrounding San Miguel county. When the medical center implemented new COVID cleaning protocols, it fell to the cleaning staff of Latinos. Grocery stores, restaurants, and many other businesses only stayed open because their Hispanic workers kept coming to work.
“They are the backbone of what moves this city,” said Rebolledo León.
Because of this, Latino frontline workers in Telluride and across the country are suffering the worst of COVID-19. Hispanic people in the US faced with higher infection rates than the general population. And while they make up roughly 17% of the population, they caused 24% of COVID deaths. […]
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The best economic metric, by Faiz Shakir. The non-college workforce has been told that jobs are gone and for too long don’t come back. We now have to send a completely different message. When we look at our battered and dysfunctional health care system, the state of our public education system, crumbling infrastructure, outsourced supply chains, inadequate childcare and home care, etc., we need to understand that there is much important and valuable work to be done to create government leadership to take over.
Love letter: The legal community is preparing for upcoming battles, by Purvi Shah. The spirit and the core of this collective message – which ends with a call to “embark on the long arc of social change and make yourself comfortable, uncomfortable”.– –is an incentive to act in different areas, disciplines and sectors.
Annual report marks another disastrous year for the Arctic, by Bob Berwyn.
The continued and accelerating warming in the region is affecting local communities and ecosystems, as well as the rest of the global climate system.
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“Sometimes people believe very strongly. If they are presents the new with evidence working against this belief Evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is
extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because of it is so important to protect the core belief they will streamline, ignore and even deny anything that does not fit the core belief. ” ~~Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (1952)
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At Daily Kos that day in 2004– Rummy feels her pain:
Rummie thinks Soldiers in Iraq are “girls”.
Army Spc. Thomas Wilson of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, made up mostly of Tennessee Army Citizen Soldiers, asked Rumsfeld in a question-and-answer session why vehicle armor was still in short supply nearly two years after the war began.
“Why do we soldiers have to go to local landfills to search for scrap pieces and compromised ballistic glass to equip our vehicles?” Asked Wilson. There was great cheer from the approximately 2,300 soldiers in the cave-like hangar who gathered to see and hear the Secretary of Defense.
Rumsfeld hesitated and asked Wilson to repeat his question.
“We don’t have suitable armored vehicles to take north,” Wilson said after asking again.
Rumsfeld replied, “You are going to war with the army that you have,” not the one you may want […]