Whilst daily deaths and new coronavirus cases are rapidly rising across Latin America, Cuba has managed to reduce them down to very low numbers. Cuba’s socialist government has mobilised society to fight against the virus on the island and sent specialist health workers to other countries. Cuba is now in a position to gradually reduce its lockdown measures.
The British ruling class is gearing up for an enormous offensive, compelled by the logic of capitalism itself.
The working class and its allies need to be prepared for the coming onslaught.
The current economic crisis looks set to be significantly worse than in 2008. The effort to make workers and the poor pay for it will be commensurately more ferocious. Learning from the NEU and BLM is vital in the period ahead.
The anti-racist protests taking place around the world in response to the gruesome murder of George Floyd are protests against national oppression.
If black lives matter, the adulation of colonial oppressors must end.
In contrast, the Hong Kong protestors are nostalgic for the days of British rule.
When government daily announcements about coronavirus deaths stressed the proportions who had ‘underlying health conditions’ this was a ‘dog-whistle’ to disability prejudice: to a language of division and an ethics of some lives mattering less than others.
This is not just a tragedy. It was a crime.
The President … challenged China on human rights. What about the human rights of George Floyd?
We are going to keep marching. We going to keep protesting.