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The disruption of the world’s economies during the Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating. Here in the U.S., the impact has been especially catastrophic for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
Covid-19, however, didn’t cause the economic crisis. Decades of corporate greed did - 1% of Americans essentially received all of the benefits of economic growth over the last 40 years. The top 1% got $21 trillion richer, while the bottom 50% became $900 billion poorer.
The capitalist system is in crisis and the pandemic shines light on its failures. We cannot get out of this situation by carrying on as before.
On International Workers Day 2020, political activist, scholar, author, and SpeakOut speaker Angela Davis reflects on possible ways forward and what it’s going to take to bring about economic and racial justice.
She invites us to reimagine a society that benefits all workers - from low wage earners to workers in the gig economy; from those working remotely to those on the front lines of the pandemic; from artists to incarcerated people.