The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has joined thousands of medical professionals and immigration rights groups to demand that Immigration and Customs Enforcement release all prisoners from immigration jails as the coronavirus continues to spread. Meanwhile, immigration advocates are working to prepare crowded encampments of asylum seekers across the U.S.-Mexico border for a potentially catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19. Since the implementation of the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, tens of thousands of asylum seekers from regions like Central America and Africa have been stranded in Mexican border cities waiting for their asylum cases to resolve in U.S. courts. We speak to Laura Molinar, founder and executive director of Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas, a Latinx, women of color-led collective providing support to immigrant and asylee women, children and families.
Taiwan, despite being just 100 miles from mainland China with regular flights to and from Wuhan, has successfully staved off the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. The country has so far seen five deaths and just under 350 confirmed cases, and most schools and businesses remain open. How did Taiwan do it? “Aggressive action,” says Dr. Jason Wang, the former project manager for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Reform Task-force. He is now the director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention and associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at Stanford University. He speaks with us about Taiwan’s strategy and what the world can learn from it.
In the Philippines, authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he’s ordered soldiers to shoot to kill residents if they resist a strict lockdown on the island of Luzon. His order came after residents of Manila’s Quezon City shanty town staged a protest, saying they’ve gone hungry without food promised when the lockdown began more than two weeks ago. The Philippines death toll is 136 with more than 3,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. As those numbers grow, nurses and doctors report a drastic lack of personal protective equipment. While the Philippines has seen a surge in cases, Indonesia is now reporting the second most fatalities in Asia after China with 181 dead. Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan have also had success in containing the virus. For more on how countries in the region are responding to coronavirus, we speak with Natashya Gutierrez, editor-in-chief of VICE Asia.
Nurses in California, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada and Texas are protesting one of the nation’s largest hospital chains for a “lack of preparedness” amid the coronavirus pandemic. They’re calling on HCA Healthcare to provide optimal personal protective equipment, or PPE, for nurses and other staff. In New York, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, nurses and doctors at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx protested Thursday over the lack of PPE. Today another protest is underway in front of Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan calling for more PPE, better staffing and COVID-19 testing for frontline staff. Live from the protest, we speak with Tre Kwon, an ICU nurse at Mount Sinai West and a member of the COVID-19 Frontline Workers Task Force at Mount Sinai Hospital. Kwon ended her maternity leave early to help her colleagues address the COVID-19 pandemic, which is overwhelming New York City hospitals. Kwon is also a member of Left Voice.
- Nearly 1,200 U.S. Residents Die of COVID-19 in Just One Day
- "Sheep Going to Slaughter": NYC Medical Workers Protest Lack of Protective Equipment
- Trump Mocks States' "Insatiable Appetites" as Medical Supplies Nearly Exhausted
- Florida Governor's Social Distancing Order Exempts Religious Gatherings
- Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ships Allowed to Dock in Florida After Weeks at Sea
- More Than 10 Million Americans File Jobless Claims in Just Two Weeks
- Amazon Planned Smear Campaign Against Strike Leader Who Demanded Coronavirus Protections
- New York City Urges All Residents to Wear Face Coverings in Public
- FDA Approves Coronavirus Antibody Blood Test
- National Academy of Sciences Warns Coronavirus Might Be Spread by Talking, Breathing
- DNC Postpones Convention as Wisconsin Plans Primary Vote Amid Deadly Pandemic
- COVID-19 Deaths Rise in Europe, But Italians Hopeful Infections Are Slowing
- Civil Liberties at Risk as Authorities Deploy Invasive Technologies to Contain Virus
- Joe Biden Joins Bernie Sanders and Other Dem Lawmakers Calling on U.S. to Ease Iran Sanctions
- Indigenous Land Defender Zezico Guajajara Assassinated in Brazil
- Border Wall Construction Will Spread Coronavirus, Arizona Residents Warn
- Nicaragua Resists Social Distancing Measures as COVID-19 Cases Climb
- Amid Pandemic, Trump Welcomes Big Oil to White House to Discuss Bailout
- Trump Deploys Navy in Waters Near Venezuela, Escalating Campaign Against Nicolás Maduro
- Beloved Brooklyn Teacher Sandra Santos-Vizcaino Dies at 54 of COVID-19
After devastating China, Europe and the United States, the coronavirus pandemic is now intensifying across the Global South. The United Nations warns the pandemic is poised to destroy fragile economies in poor nations, decimating food security, education and human rights. We speak with Yanis Ben Amor, assistant professor of global health and microbiological sciences at Columbia University and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute.
In India, 1.3 billion people have been locked down for more than a week to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country reports nearly 2,000 cases and at least 50 deaths. Millions living in poverty and migrant workers were stranded far from home when the lockdown was announced, and some have reportedly died making the perilous journey home. More than 80% of India’s workforce is informal, with most living off daily wages often less than $2 or $3 a day — wages they cannot earn under the present curfew — and more than 4 million Indians are homeless. We speak with Indian journalist Rana Ayyub, a contributing global opinions writer for The Washington Post. Her recent piece in Foreign Policy is headlined “Social Distancing Is a Privilege.”
As the United States leads the world in coronavirus cases, the nation’s healthcare system is already stretched to capacity and protective gear in short supply. President Trump and his health advisors say more than 100,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, millions of people have lost their jobs, and a record 6.6 million unemployment claims were filed this week, on top of last week’s 3.3 million claims. For more on the economic impacts of the coronavirus, and how Trump has responded to the pandemic by rewarding pharmaceutical corporations like Gilead Sciences and indefinitely suspending environmental regulations, we speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
- As Global COVID-19 Cases Approach 1 Million, U.S. Emergency Medical Stockpile Is Depleted
- U.S. Shipped Life-Saving Medical Equipment Abroad Even as Coronavirus Spread
- New York Governor Warns of "High Death Rate" from COVID-19 Through July
- Georgia Governor Claims He Was Surprised to Learn of Asymptomatic Coronavirus Carriers
- More Governors Order Residents to Remain at Home as Trump Defies Calls for Nationwide Lockdown
- Lawmakers Begin Planning 9/11-Style Commission on Pandemic
- CDC Considers Recommending Everyone Wear a Mask in Public
- Trump Refuses to Reopen Healthcare Enrollment as Millions Lose Employer-Based Coverage
- Coronavirus-Stricken U.S. Aircraft Carrier Evacuated in Guam
- New Orleans Jazz Legend Ellis Marsalis Dies of COVID-19
- Fountains of Wayne Co-Founder Adam Schlesinger Dies of COVID-19
- Top Coronavirus Expert Dr. Anthony Fauci Gets Security Detail After Death Threats
- Driver Crashes Train Near Naval Hospital Ship in L.A. Port to Promote Conspiracy Theory
- Bodies in Guayaquil, Ecuador Left Rotting in the Streets as COVID-19 Overwhelms Health System
- After Hungry Residents Demand Food, Philippines President Orders Soldiers to Shoot Curfew Violators
- Italy Trails in Counting COVID-19 Deaths as Vice President Pence Says U.S. Faces Similar Fate
- Coronavirus in U.S. Jails a "Public Health Disaster Unfolding Before Our Eyes"
- Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Husband Shifted Investments to Medical Supplier Ahead of Market Crash
- United Nations Postpones COP26 Climate Talks over Coronavirus Fears
- Wisconsin Governor Rejects Calls to Delay April 7 Primary Amid Deadly Pandemic
- Asian Americans Say Trump Stoking Racist Attacks with "Chinese Virus" Rhetoric
Today is April 1, and millions across the country don’t have the money to pay rent. But despite eviction moratoriums and relief on mortgage payments in hard-hit states like California, Washington and New York, no rent freeze has been ordered. In response, tenants around the country are calling for immediate rent cancellation. Some are planning to “rent strike.” Meanwhile, many workers who lost their income due to the pandemic haven’t even been able to file for unemployment in New York state, with the unemployment website continually crashing and phone lines jammed. Seven-point-eight million people called the New York state Labor Department hotline last week, compared to the average 50,000. We get an update from Cea Weaver, campaign coordinator for Housing Justice for All, which is organizing to cancel rent during the coronavirus.
New York hospitals cannot force pregnant people to give birth without a chosen support person. That’s what an executive order released by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday revealed. The order comes in response to a move by the NewYork-Presbyterian and the Mount Sinai hospital systems to bar partners from labor and delivery rooms, causing widespread outrage. But how are pregnant people coping with new hospital guidelines and uncertain conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic? We speak with freelance journalist Amy Littlefield, who focuses on the intersection of religion and healthcare, about what she is confronting now at the end of her pregnancy. Her piece for Insider is “I’m nine months pregnant, and I’m bringing my baby into a world I no longer understand. I have to remain hopeful anyway.”
The White House is now estimating 100,000 to a quarter of a million people could die from the coronavirus pandemic. Some of those most concerned about exposure to the highly infectious virus are workers on the frontlines of grocery stores and delivery services. On Monday, Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island walked off the job, and the company fired one of them in response. At least three employees at a large UPS facility near Boston have tested positive, and two dozen more have been quarantined. Details about the infections were shared by the workers’ union because they said the company refused to provide the critical information to its employees. We speak with Richard Hooker, secretary-treasurer of the Philadelphia Teamsters Local 623, and David Levin, lead organizer with Teamsters for a Democratic Union and the coordinator of the UPS Teamsters United campaign.
- No Longer Downplaying Virus, Trump Says Up to 240,000 Will Die in U.S. from COVID-19
- FEMA Sends 85 Refrigerated Trucks to NYC as Makeshift Morgues as COVID-19 Deaths Grow
- As Confirmed U.S. Cases Top 188,000, Unhoused People Forced to Sleep in Las Vegas Parking Lot
- Chicago COVID-19 Nurse Quits over Critical Lack of Personal Protective Equipment
- Fed Economists: U.S. Unemployment Could Reach Record 32% in June
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Demands Release of All Jailed Immigrants Amid Pandemic
- Captain Calls for Evacuation of Infected U.S. Aircraft Carrier: "Sailors Do Not Need to Die"
- Governor Won't Allow Sickened Cruise Ship Passengers to Be "Dumped" in Florida
- Italy Holds Moment of Silence as COVID-19 Deaths Reach 12,000
- Spain Records Highest COVID-19 Death Toll Yet, as Medical Workers Warn of "Inferno"
- Asylum Seeker Gets COVID-19 in Greece; Brazilians Continue to Protest from Home
- Nigerians Fear Starvation as Africa's Largest City Enters Lockdown
- Ugandan Police Arrest Homeless LGBTQ Youth for Alleged Quarantine Violation
- Indonesian Drones Spray Clouds of Disinfectant, Raising Fears of Poisonings
- CNN's Chris Cuomo Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Fox News Fears Lawsuits over Coverage
- Federal Appeals Court Will Allow Texas Abortion Ban to Remain in Effect for Now
- Trump Finalizes Rollback of Mileage Standards, Gutting Efforts to Stem Climate Crisis
- U.S. Shifts Policy on Venezuela, Suggesting "Power Sharing" Interim Government
In an exclusive Democracy Now! TV/radio broadcast, we speak with Tara Reade, the former staffer in Joe Biden’s Senate office who has come forward with allegations that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Last week, The Intercept reported that the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, set up to help survivors of rape and sexual assault, refused to fund a #MeToo investigation into allegations against Biden. Reade told journalist Katie Halper in an interview published Tuesday that Biden repeatedly touched her without her consent and sexually assaulted her. Reade approached the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in January looking for assistance, but was reportedly told the fund could not help her because Biden is a candidate for federal office, and pursuing a case could jeopardize the fund’s nonprofit status. Reade says she learned from The Intercept report that the public relations firm representing Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.
As the number of coronavirus deaths in the United States tops 3,100, states are demanding ventilators and medical supplies. Michigan is a growing hot spot and struggling to prepare for a surge in cases, but President Trump has repeatedly attacked Michigan’s governor, calling her “that woman.” We speak with the former director of the Detroit Health Department, Abdul El-Sayed. He’s a physician and epidemiologist, and his new book is just out today, “Healing Politics: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic.” His recent piece for The Guardian is headlined “Coronavirus is exploiting an underlying condition: our epidemic of insecurity.”
- U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 3,100 as Three-Quarters of the Population Are Told to Stay Home
- Trump Alleges Lack of COVID-19 Tests No Longer an Issue as Governors Denounce Shortage of Medical Supplies
- NJ Nursing Home on Lockdown After a COVID-19 Outbreak Killed 8 People
- NYC Transit Passengers Call Out Dangerously Crowded Subways, Buses
- NY Rep. Velázquez Diagnosed with Presumed Coronavirus Infection
- Amazon Fires Organizer of Staten Island Strike Action
- Beloved NYC Transgender Advocate Lorena Borjas Dies After Contracting COVID-19
- Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. James Goodrich Dies of COVID-19 Complications
- Protesters in Philadelphia, New Jersey Demand Release of Nonviolent & Immigrant Prisoners
- GE and Ford to Produce 50,000 Ventilators as GE Workers in MA Demand Company Rehire Fired Workers
- Florida Pastor Arrested for Violating Public Gathering Rules
- Judges Strike Down Abortion Bans in Texas and Ohio
- Fired Peace Corps Volunteers Face Unemployment, Confusion Around Benefits
- U.S. Military Reports First COVID-19 Death
- DOJ Investigates Lawmaker Stock Transaction Before Market Crash
- Scientists and Medical Experts Develop New Theories About Spread of Coronavirus
- Spain Reports 800+ New COVID-19 Deaths; Anti-Fascist Activist José María Galante Dies
- Hungary Passes New Law Granting Sweeping Power to Authoritarian PM Viktor Orbán
- Italy Reports Lowest Daily Coronavirus Case Count in 2 Weeks as Death Toll Tops 11,000
- Israel PM Netanyahu Enters Quarantine After Aide Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Afghanistan Releases Hundreds of Prisoners to Limit Coronavirus Outbreaks
- 1000s Gather in San Salvador to Demand Coronavirus Aid
- Indian Health Workers Hose Migrant Workers with Disinfectant
- China, Hong Kong, Singapore Impose Travel Restrictions to Prevent 2nd Outbreak of COVID-19
- South African Police Officer Arrested for Allegedly Killing Man Who Violated Nat'l Lockdown
- Despite Coronavirus Pandemic, Biden Continues to Reject Single-Payer Healthcare
- Several States Pass Laws to Criminalize Protests Against Fossil Fuel Industry
- Gannett Will Cut Pay, Furlough Employees Amid Economic Loss From Coronavirus Pandemic
- Idaho Signs Two Anti-Trans Bills on the Eve of Transgender Day of Visibility
- Trump Admin Revokes Federal Protected Status of Mashpee Tribe Land
We look at the crisis of homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic in California, where the number of cases has passed 6,000 with 132 deaths. The entire state has been ordered to shelter in place, leaving the state’s massive unhoused population extremely vulnerable. As the state braces for a surge in cases, tens of thousands of people are living on the streets. A recent study estimates that nearly 2,600 unhoused people will need to be hospitalized for the virus in Los Angeles alone — and nearly 1,000 will need intensive care. We speak with Martha Escudero, a member of a group of unhoused mothers, elders and families who have moved into vacant houses, and Carroll Fife, director of the Oakland office for Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE).
More than 100 million people across the United States have been ordered to stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but what about people who are homeless? Tens of thousands of homeless people in New York City shelters and on the streets have been left with no way to safely shelter in place. We hear from people who are homeless, and speak with Kiana Davis, advocate and policy analyst with the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.
It’s been described as the public health failure of the century. As the United States leads the world in coronavirus infections, a record number of Americans file for unemployment. Gasping for air, gasping for care; what does global health justice look like? We speak with two Yale professors who say decades of neoliberal austerity make it harder to fight the pandemic. They propose a New Deal for public health. Gregg Gonsalves is assistant professor in epidemiology of microbial diseases at Yale School of Public Health; Amy Kapczynski is professor of law at Yale Law School and co-founder of the Law and Political Economy blog. They are co-directors of the Global Health Justice Partnership.
- Trump Extends Social Distancing, Says U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Could Reach 100,000
- States Mandate Quarantines, Set Up Checkpoints to Limit Cross-State COVID-19 Infections
- ER Doctor Who Blasted Lack of Worker & Patient Protections at WA Hospital Removed from Post
- Coronavirus Cases Mount in Prisons and Among Law Enforcement Workers
- 9-Month-Old Is First Known Infant to Die from the Coronavirus in U.S.
- Cigna and Humana to Waive Copays for Coronavirus Treatment
- CBS News Executive and Cancer Survivor Maria Mercader Dies from Coronavirus
- New York Scrambles to Build Hospitals, Imposes Fines for Violating Social Distancing Rules
- NYC Nurses Protest Lack of Critical Equipment
- New York Bars Hospitals from Banning Support People During Labor and Delivery
- CA Gov. Newsom Says State Received 170 Broken Ventilators from Nat’l Stockpile
- President Trump Signs $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package
- Millions of Undocumented Workers Left Out of Coronavirus Stimulus Plan; Dozens of Immigrants on Hunger Strike at Northwest Detention Center
- Staten Island Amazon Employees to Walk Out as Workers for Grocery Delivery App Instacart Go on Strike
- Death Toll Nearing 11,000 in Italy as Nations Hardest Hit by Coronavirus Pandemic Demand Aid from EU
- Popular Japanese Comedian Ken Shimura Dies of COVID-19
- Police in Philippines Reportedly Are Locking People Who Violate Nat'l Lockdown in Dog Cages
- First COVID-19 Death Reported in Syria as Libya Announces It'll Free 450 Prisoners to Stem Spread of Coronavirus
- Brazilian Govs. to Promote Social Distancing; Guatemalan Man Deported from U.S. Tests Positive for COVID-19
- Coronavirus Cases Mount in Africa as Governments Turn to Repressive Measures
- U.S. Pulls Out of Third Iraqi Base
- Civil Rights Icon Rev. Joseph E. Lowery Dies at 98