COVID-19 cases are surging again nationally, often surpassing infection rates from the last peak in April. Yet with many states refusing to roll back reopening measures, that’s going to mean a lot more people getting sick just going to work.

This week in OtherWords, Claire Chadwick, a box store worker from Kansas, shares a personal story of catching COVID-19 at work. Why, she wonders, aren’t essential workers being treated like their lives are essential?

Meanwhile, with evictions set to explode and police charged with enforcing them, Ravi Mangla explains how, throughout our history, policing has often protected only the powerful. If we made different investments, he argues, all of us could be protected.

Also this week, Jill Richardson reflects on the emotional side of doing anti-racist work. And Michael Galant explains how a global Green New Deal could chart us not just out of the climate crisis, but the crises of inequality that have left billions so vulnerable to recessions and pandemics.

If you missed it last week, check out my colleague Robert P. Alvarez’s July 4 take on the “Land of the Unfree.” Wishing you a great holiday weekend.

New This Week…

I Got COVID-19 at Work. I Won’t Be the Last One. | Claire Chadwick
Essential workers aren’t being treated like our lives are essential at all.

Policing Is Not a Public Good | Ravi Mangla
From the beginning, policing in this country has primarily protected the powerful. Maybe now that can change.

We Need a Global Green New Deal | Michael Galant
The rules of the global economy got us into this mess. But rules can change.

Learning Not to Look Away | Jill Richardson
Anti-racist work can be emotionally difficult. Take time to process your feelings — but don’t forget the big picture.

Another Hated Symbol | Khalil Bendib
There are some edifices the Trump administration is perfectly willing to topple.

In Case You Missed It…

Land of the Unfree | Robert P. Alvarez
This July 4, let’s lay claim to the freedom and equality we’ve celebrated for centuries, but seldom practiced.

Four Ways to Fight Racism in Your Town | Gloria Oladipo
No matter where you live, there are lots of ways to contribute.

Protesting for Black Lives in Trump Country | Mesha Jefferson
Even here, people are organizing demonstrations to protest racism and police violence.

Child Care in the Time of Corona | Martha Burk
Congress is spending trillions to keep businesses afloat. Are families less important?

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