Global Left Midweek - April 1, 2020
- Europe: The Catastrophe Begins
- Amazon Workers’ Rage
- South African Program of Action
- Euro Parties Respond
- Brazil’s Favela Dwellers
- Pakistan: A Left Strategy
- Iran: Covid-19 and Prisoners’ Rights
- Italy: Report From CGIL International Department
- From Spain: Health Problem, But Systemic Crisis
- 'Break the Chain' Campaign in Kerala
Europe: The Catastrophe Begins
An unorthodox chronology of the last 4 weeks at the European border.
Amazon Workers’ Rage
Melissa Heikkilä / Politico (Brussels)
Amazon faces a rash of strikes and protests at sites across Europe as warehouse workers lash out over what they say are gruelling labor conditions, minimal protection and the risk of infection after several employees tested positive for coronavirus.
South African Program of Action
C-19 People’s Coalition / Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)
We must guard against the easy deployment of the military and police to create security in our communities. We must also prevent against creating scapegoats to blame for the current crisis. Instead, we must ensure that care and resources are provided for the safety and protection of all who live in our country and in our communities. How each of us responds to the Covid-19 pandemic will determine who we are as a society.
Euro Parties Respond
EU member states need to invest massively in the response to the epidemic, and they must be supported unconditionally by the full power of the ECB.
Brazil’s Favela Dwellers
In a self organizing manner, people living in the ghettos of Brazil’s largest cities are coming up with strategies to halt contagion by the novel coronavirus in their communities.
Pakistan: A Left Strategy
Dr Ammar Ali Jan and Zahid Ali / Pakistan Left Review
The Left should not only bombard the system with rational demands deemed impossible by the system, we must also construct a long-term strategy to reorient theory and practice. The existing political institutions of the Left (and the Right) are inadequate to meet the challenges of our time. We must develop a new language and a practice of socialism if we are not to be overwhelmed by the persistent immediacy of the multiple crises we face.
Iran: Covid-19 and Prisoners’ Rights
Golnar Nikpour / Jadaliyya (Beirut)
Leopoldo Tartaglia / Labor Notes (Detroit)
The struggle was so widespread that the government—after days of resistance to the demands of the CGIL and other union confederations for clear and mandatory security measures and for the reduction of all non-essential work—decided to convene a meeting with unions and employers.
Joan Benach / Socialist Project (Toronto)
'Break the Chain' Campaign in Kerala
The population was educated about the severity of the virus and then mobilized in a mass campaign to defeat its lethalness.