As billions of people worldwide have had their lives upturned by the Coronavirus and as hundreds of millions are under shelter in place orders, many are turning towards reading, reflection (and bing streaming/listening) for sustenance. So we at Call & Response and Pangea World Theater decided it would be worth curating and sharing some of the things we have come across worth diving into. So here it is, an eclectic selection of (mostly reading) materials to inspire, inform, entertain, and hopefully generate meaningful dialogue with those around you and those at a distance.
Live: Mehdi Hasan and Naomi Klein on Coronavirus Capitalism– Naomi Klein and Mehdi Hasan join up to discuss Coronavirus Capitalism.
Arundhati Roy: ‘The pandemic is a portal’ | Free to read– “The tragedy is immediate, real, epic and unfolding before our eyes. But it isn’t new. ” Award-winning novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy on the pandemic’s effect on India, how we got here, and how we move forward.
THE TRICONTINENTAL– Another moving and informative dispatch (also available in Spanish and Portuguese) from historian Vijay Prashad of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, focusing on femicide during the Coronavirus lockdowns.
What’s After Bernie Sanders?– Author Nick Estes of Red Nation pens an analysis of the post-Bernie moment for the anti-colonial progressive movement in the U.S. and beyond.
Thomas Piketty Takes On the Ideology of Inequality– Inequality in the 21st century exists as a choice. A look at economist Thomas Pilketty’s argument that we are moving away from the notion of inequality as our destiny.
The American Exception in the Coronavirus Crisis– “Death comes to all—but in America it has long been considered reasonable to offer the best chance of delay to the highest bidder.” The award-winning novelist Zadie Smith on the peculiarities and of America’s relationship with life, death and wealth.
Opinion | Bernie Sanders Was Right– An op-ed in The New York Times on why Sanders’ proposals and honesty were unique in American politics.
NYC Emergency Meals organized by The Migrant Kitchen– Donate to an initiative from the chef behind New York Palestinian restaurant Qanoon. The Migrant Kitchen is currently serving 1,000 meals a day to the city’s health care workers and hoping to increase that number to 2,000 meals per day.
The Great Green Hope | by Eric Klinenberg– Eric Klinenberg delves into today’s protest against climate change.
Denial and dysfunction plagued US government as coronavirus raged – The Washington Post– A damning piece from the Washington Post tracking the Trump administration’s many missteps leading up to and in the midst of the Corona Virus pandemic.
The Radical James Baldwin– “James Baldwin was many things: a brilliant writer, a trenchant social critic, a dogged activist. He was also an unapologetic radical.”
Opinion | The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science Is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response– An op-ed outlining the danger posed by science deniers during Coronavirus Response.
The man-made plagues of Gaza– This piece in the Jewish Daily Forward shows us how Coronavirus is just another man-made disaster stalking the besieged and battered coastal strip home to 2 million Palestinians.
Opinion | Who Will Win the Fight for a Post-Coronavirus America?– “Every disaster shakes lose the old order. What replaces it is up to us.”
Culture Declares Emergency– The website of “a growing global community of arts & culture champions declaring a climate & ecological emergency.. [A] crisis compels us to imagine new possibilities and to propose systemic change.”
“The Collective Work of Art We Call the City”– A reflection on the life’s work of Michael Sorkin, who looked at space and architecture of cities through the lens of economic justice, equality and the common good.
Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders– A look at how the economic and health crisis created by Corona virus has made Bernie Sanders’ platform – once deemed too “radical” – seem not only feasible but more urgently needed than ever.
Provisions #1: “languages I didn’t know I wanted to know”– Three writers speak on their journey’s through the COVID crisis and what they have learned thus far.
Social Contagion- An in-depth analysis that serves as an alternative to the mainstream media’s narrative about the first chapter of the pandemic in Wuhan, China.
Alarming Early Data Shows African Americans Are being Hit Hard by Corona Virus – ProPublica– Milwaukee showed early on that black communities are getting hit harder by the corona virus compared to other communities.
How the Anti-Populists Stopped Bernie Sanders, by Thomas Frank– Thomas Frank explores how the reaction to the dangers of right wing populism is also used as a bludgeon against progressive leftwing populism.
Trump Cabinet Bible Teacher Says China, Gay People to Blame for Coronavirus– The Intercept investigates the homophopic, anti China rhetoric of a powerful evangelical ministry that has infiltrated the Trump administration.
Amid the Coranavirus Pandemic, Social Distancing Is a Privilege for India’s Poor– A look at the unfolding disaster for the hundreds of millions of working poor in India.
Amid the coronavirus crisis, mutual aid networks erupt across the country– “As the government response to the pandemic falters, mutual aid projects — a staple of social movements for decades — are rising up to meet people’s basic needs.”
‘Since I Became Symptomatic’– “The only person I have touched in a week is my two-year-old daughter” is how this brilliantly written testimony by Leslie Jamison about being a feverish single parent battling Covid begins.
Dislocations: Seven Scenarios– Adrienne Riche’s poem resonates with the dislocations of this moment and many others.
Thinking in a Pandemic– Boston Review brings together all OF its COVID-19 coverage in one place, with “the latest arguments from doctors, epidemiología, philosophers and economists, legal scholars and historians, activists and citizens.”
Bookshop: Buy books online. Support local bookstores.– A place to buy books online if you are inclined to avoid the Amazon empire and support independent booksellers.
Thank You, Bernie Sanders– An analysis of some of the important accomplishments of Bernie Sanders’ campaigns in shifting the conversation away from the center and laying the foundations for a progressive movement in the U.S.
I Belong to the Movement– Chicago’s 33rd Ward Alderwoman, Rosanna Rodriques Sanchez, speaks on navigating local governance as a socialistt, decolonization of Puerto Rico, and building alternatives to the police.
Multiple Countries Say U.S. Is Intercepting Critical Medical Gear Shipments Around the World– Democracy Now investigates reports of modern day international piracy carried out by the U.S. government. But today the treasure is not gold, but ventilators and PPE.
Don’t Blame China For Your Government’s COVID-19 Failures– An article in Passage magazine arguing that “The anti-China narrative is based on falsities, and serves to distract people from the failure of neoliberalism.”
Bernie Sanders’s Campaign Was Trying to Save American Democracy– Law professor Jedediah Britton-Purdy writes that while “Sanders’s campaign was caricatured as irrationally angry, even Trumpian…[it in fact] gave voice to the voiceless, raised people’s sense of what’s possible through collective action, and refuted the idea that exploitation and fear of economic devastation should be the lot of millions.”
Bernie Sanders’ Exit Is an Indictment of Our Broken System—Not His Campaign– Astra Taylor argues that “voter suppression was stronger than Bernie Sanders’ voter turnout plan. And the pandemic has made things worse.”
Chesa Boudin on His Incarcerated Father and the Threat of the Coronavirus in Prisons– A conversation with insurgent San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on his father and the effect of Coronavirus on America’s prisons.
Coronavirus Patient at Sing-Sing Prison in New York – How Prisons Prepare for COVID-19– A dispatch from John J Lenon, a reporter and inmate at Sing Sing maximum security prison, as the pandemic prepares to prey on the U.S. two million plus incarcerated.