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The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Fatal Health Inequities

Meredeth Turshen and Annie Thébaud-Mony Monthly Review
Over the past four decades, however, government health policies have reduced health services to commodities and objects of speculative investment.

Overhauling U.S Foreign Policy: Bitter Fights Ahead

William Minter and Imani Countess The Star (Kenya)/Organizing Upgrade
demonstrators in Kenya protesting US police killings of Blacks As progressives, we can educate ourselves now to advance a global perspective and help pave the way for lobbying campaigns by progressive organizations seeking to influence a new administration.

A New Nonviolent Medicaid Army Is on the March

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Nijmie Zakkiyyah Dzurinko Inequality.org
Led by the poor and dispossessed, this movement is bringing the demand for healthcare rights to corporate profiteers, state houses, prisons, and police stations.

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Health & Wealth

Peter Neil Carroll San Francisco Chronicle
The coronavirus reveals evils of our economic systems, the poet suggests maybe it's time for confiscating some wealth.

The Black American Amputation Epidemic

Lizzie Presser ProPublica
It is the cardinal sin of the American health system in a single surgery: save on preventive care, pay big on the backend, and let the chronically sick and underprivileged feel the extreme consequences.
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