May 2020 | Hillman Foundation

Clear It With Sidney

Notes on journalism for the common good, by Lindsay Beyerstein

May 2020

Sidney's Picks: A Death at Amazon, OSHA's Indifference, CNN Crew Arrested on the Air

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Employers have a legal duty to protect their workers from hazards including coronavirus, but Trump’s OSHA refuses to enforce the law. (TNR)
     
  • Harry Sentoso took a job at Amazon’s warehouse in Irvine to bank some quick cash before retirement, 2 weeks later he was dead of COVID-19. (LA Times)
     
  • George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man killed by a Minneapolis police officer, was a beloved member of his community. (Buzzfeed)
     
  • How Wendi C. Thomas built MLK50, a non-profit newsroom dedicated to the low-wage workers of Memphis. (NYT)
     
  • A CNN camera crew was arrested live on the air in Minneapolis as they covered the aftermath of last night’s protests against the killing of George Floyd by a police officer. (CNN)

Sidney's Picks: Meatpacking Safety, a Gig Worker Collective, and Biodiversity

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US Fish and Wildlife Service, Creative Commons. Juvenile Mariana fruit bat. 

The Best of the Week’s News

  • These 11 women organize nationwide strikes, but they’ve never met. (Next City)
     
  • The president of the Utility Workers of America says his members are terrified of catching COVID-19 on the job and asks OSHA for safety standards. (EE News)
     
  • Meatpacking plants ignore OSHA’s safety recommendations…because they can. (WCNC)
     
  • Coronavirus is killing the middle class. (New Yorker)
     
  • Flight: the antiviral super-power of bats. (Phys.Org) 

Sidney's Picks: Strange Stats & Sanitation Workers

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Screencap from WDSU-6 via PayDay Report

Sidney’s Picks:

  • How Virginia is juking its COVID-19 stats. (The Atlantic)
     
  • Sanitation workers in New Orleans were demanding hazard pay and PPE, they were fired and replaced with prisoners making $1.33/hr. (PayDay Report)
     
  • How the Indian state of Kerala beat COVID-19. (The Guardian)  
     
  • Ohio workers got a reprieve thanks to hackers who crashed the state’s snitching website. (Vice)
     
  • Remembering Celso Mendoza a Mississippi chicken processor and labor leader who died of COVID-19. (Clarion Ledger)

Sidney's Picks: The Death Track and COVID Tiger King

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Meme spotted on the web this week. 

  • “ ‘Essential worker’ just means you’re on the death track,” a slaughterhouse worker who caught coronavirus speaks out. [USA Today] 
     
  • The “Tiger King” park reopens to huge crowds, raising concerns that cubs are being exposed to COVID-19, which tigers can catch. [National Geographic] 
     
  • How to talk about racial disparities in COVID-19 without reinforcing racism.  [New England Journal of Medicine] 
     
  • A new federal investigation has found that Indiana officials improperly exonerated Amazon after a worker was crushed by a forklift. [Reveal]
     
  • Hillman’s own Jelani Cobb on why Stacey Abrams would like to be Vice-President. [New Yorker]
     
  • The Supreme Court is making it easier for police officers to kill people and get away with it. [Reuters] 

Sidney's Picks: Celebrating May Day and the 2020 Hillman Prizes

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