Tonight, President Biden will unveil a major family and infrastructure package funded by tax hikes on corporations and the very wealthy. We’ll have much more to say in the coming weeks as we unpack the details.

This week, we continue our coverage of how different communities of working people have weathered the pandemic.

Rebekah Entralgo reports on the migrant women farmworkers who feel invisible as essential laborers but are organizing to make their stories known. Meanwhile, in time for Asian American History Month this May, Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Sally Sim reflect on the lessons our country’s many Chinatowns can offer about building, sustaining, and protecting welcoming, working-class communities.

Also this week, Lori Teresa Yearwood reflects on the movement to bring trauma awareness to the legal field, Jim Hightower skewers Wall Street for trying to commodify water, and Khalil Bendib illustrates the GOP’s responses to Biden’s bipartisan entreaties.

New This Week..

An Invisible Essential Labor Force | Rebekah Entralgo
How the migrant women farmworkers who put food on our tables are organizing for a better life after the pandemic.

What Chinatowns Can Teach Us About Community | Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Sally Sim
As our country looks to “build back better,” Chinatowns show how to foster vibrant, welcoming communities of all kinds

We Need a Trauma-Informed Legal System | Lori Teresa Yearwood
When lawyers better understand trauma, clients are better able to seek justice.

Don’t Let Wall Street Get Rich Off Water | Jim Hightower
Shameless speculators are trying to privatize and commoditize the water all humans need to live.

Dialogue and Mutual Respect | Khalil Bendib
What do you say, GOP?

In Case You Missed It…

Thinking Globally About Racial Justice | Imani Countess
From the pandemic to climate change to police violence, today’s crises require global collaboration on a scale never seen before.

Labor Laws Need New Teeth | Rebekah Entralgo
Union drives aren’t stopping. Workers deserve the right to a fair vote, without corporate interference.

Rebuilding Black-Owned Businesses After COVID-19 | Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Joshua Devine
The pandemic hit Black entrepreneurs especially hard. To recover, we need to treat the pre-existing conditions.

To Some, Reparations Are Common Sense | Domenica Ghanem
Three white Jeopardy contestants recently thought reparations had already been paid. It made me feel strangely optimistic.

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Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of

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