Our biweekly lists lay out notable issues in the news and tell you what you can do about them.
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Hey Teen Resisters!
Hope that everyone is staying safe, sane, and healthy — sending love & support to anyone whose family or friends have been affected. Our advice remains the same: forgive yourself, find any and all silver linings, stay connected! Take care of yourself: exercise, sleep, eat, do something, or do nothing. We've included some quick COVID-19 actions via a link to an earlier list (volunteer, donate, stay updated, stay busy) and some urgent info on NYC Mayor De Blasio's atrocious new budget plan, which guts funding for public schools. We also linked a few good articles/websites, in case you want to read something but opening the news is too overwhelming. Happy activisting :)
Peace & power,
before you dive in:
Some Quick Resources: What can you do re: COVID-19, in general? We outlined a ton of feasible and impactful actions in our first quarantine list — including how to find places or sites to volunteer, places to donate to, how to stay updated, and how to stay busy. Check it out here: Quaranteens Resist. And here’s the link for places to get aid from, if you need a quick reference.**
After months of compromised learning and, for many students, tremendous loss in their families and communities, children will need additional academic and socio-emotional support - but the proposed budget cuts will guarantee they get less.
There are many competing needs in our city right now. If school funding is not prioritized in the upcoming budget, it will be an unmitigated disaster - not only for the next school year, but for the long term. Please read & sign this petition, directed to Corey Johnson, Speaker of City Council, to stop Mayor DeBlasio's proposed cut, and circulate it far and wide.
Some Notable Links
what went down
That the McMichaels were arrested is a testament to the power of the people. But there is so much more work to be done:
People all over the country ran this past weekend, May 8th-10th, 2.23 miles (to remember the date he was killed). Ahmaud’s 26th birthday would have been May 8th. The hashtag #IRunWithMaud was used to support his mother and to remember him.
Those conditions are largely terrible. In fact, on May 1st, workers at companies such as Walmart, FedEx, Target, Amazon, and Whole Foods went on strike, raising complaints of unsafe working conditions amid the coronavirus pandemic. The issues they cited included a lack of protective equipment, as well as just time to wash their hands. It gets worse: Whole Foods, for example, requires their employees to test for COVID-19 if they show symptoms, but does not 1) cover the cost for the test, 2) provide any way for them to get tested, or 3) enforce that policy. Even when workers do test positive, the company doesn’t close that location. Instead, they clean the store and notify workers, but not the customers. Already, grocery store workers have begun to die from COVID-19.
The May 1st strike shook the entire essential industry, emerging as one of the most impactful strikes in recent history. There’s a couple reasons why that could actually turn out to be a really good thing. Workers’ rights have been ignored for years, with employees frequently fired for merely speaking up. However, right now, firing isn’t exactly an option for companies. As grocery stores and delivery services like Amazon are top priorities, the workers that are the backbone of those companies are everything. Because essential workers aren’t easily replaceable right now, companies are more likely to have to comply with the demands of strikes; their alternative is risking major profit loss and an inability to supply millions of waiting customers. Safe conditions for workers isn’t just important to companies — it should be important to us as well, both on basic principles of human rights and to ensure that we, especially those among us who are the most vulnerable, have access to necessary materials.
What can you do?
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