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Laura Flanders Show

The Trump administration claims its response to Hurricane Maria was a "tremendous," "unsung" success. Yet, what has been truly tremendous in the year since the hurricane is the will of Puerto Ricans building, organizing, and recovering on the island. Puerto Ricans have worked to find solutions that are long term and lead the island away from disaster capitalism, providing examples that will be important as climate crises continue to impact the country. In 2018, as Hurricane Florence hits the Carolinas, examples of people-powered survival socialism are critical to responding to crises causes by extraction and environmental devastation.

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Although the toll of the coronavirus has been most acute in urban areas, the virus has been spreading in rural America. The reasons behind the uptick are numerous, from lack of medical providers, hospitals and personal protective equipment, to limited broadband and large proportions of uninsured, and poorly protected farm and factory workers. “They’re treated as essential workers but not essential human beings,” Is being rural a pre-existing vulnerability in this crisis?

Laura Flanders Show

White Supremacy and the Covid crisis aren’t separate. They’re linked. Defunding public health services and deregulating gun ownership have been catastrophic for public health and yet, the majority of white voters support exactly those policies. The spectacle of hundreds of mostly white, unmasked Trump supporters crammed into indoor rally venues during a pandemic exemplifies this phenomenon.

Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders Show

Laura Flanders Show