Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines

There are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Estella Cisneros, legal director of the Agriculture Worker Program for California Rural Legal Assistance, says an uneven rollout in California as well as technical barriers have left many farmworkers unvaccinated. “There’s been a lot of inequities that we’ve seen,” she says. We also speak with Mary Jo Dudley, director of the Cornell Farmworker Program, who says it’s “puzzling” that farmworkers in New York state…

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Cuomo Must Go: Calls Grow to Remove NY Governor over COVID Nursing Home Cover-up & Sexual Harassment

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing mounting calls from fellow Democrats and progressive organizations to resign or be impeached over sexual harassment allegations and his cover-up of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation after three women — two former aides and a woman who met Cuomo at a friend’s wedding reception — accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. “Credible accusations of sexual harassment made by these courageous women coming forward show a clear pattern of Cuomo’s abuse of power,” says New York Assemblymember Ron Kim, who is calling for Cuomo’s resignation. Kim also discusses a…

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Asian American Communities Organize Against Rise in Hate Crimes, Say More Policing Is Not the Answer

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: It’s been a devastating year for Asian Americans as hate crimes spiked across the country, fueled by Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric about the coronavirus. One recent study found a 150% increase in anti-Asian American hate crimes in 2020, even though overall hate crimes fell last year. Here in New York, police investigated 28 hate crimes in 2020 targeting Asian Americans — a ninefold increase over the previous year. On Saturday, the Asian American community, allies and elected officials rallied in New York City to call for action. This is New York Democratic Congressmember Grace…

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Headlines for March 3, 2021

Biden Vows Vaccine Supply Will Be Enough to Vaccinate All U.S. Adults by End of MayTexas Lifts All COVID Restrictions; Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum WageWH Pulls Tanden OMB Bid, Senate Confirms Raimondo for Commerce Dept., Rouse as Top Economic AdviserSeth Harris, Who Wrote Blueprint for California's Prop 22, Tapped for Top Labor RoleFBI Director Says Domestic Terrorism Has Been "Metastasizing" as Capitol Increases Security3 Women Media Workers Shot Dead in AfghanistanProtests in Lebanon After Currency Plummets to Record LowFamily of Hunger-Striking Western Sahara Political Prisoner Refused Visit, Fears for His LifeU.S. Imposes Sanctions on Russia over Navalny PoisoningReporters Without Borders Files Case Against Mohammed bin…

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Anti-Choice Forces Use Pandemic to Slash Abortion Access in Preview of Post-Roe v. Wade World

We look at how people across the U.S. have struggled to access abortions during the pandemic with reporter Amy Littlefield, who says that even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many states had restrictions, including three-day waiting periods and counseling sessions filled with misinformation. Then, many tried to use the pandemic as a pretext for banning abortion as a nonessential service. “Texas, in the early weeks of the pandemic, sort of gave us a dress rehearsal for what it could look like when states try to ban abortion entirely,” says Littlefield. “We saw how half a century worth of attempts to whittle away at abortion access really collided with a…

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Black People Face Higher COVID Infections & Deaths. Should They Have Lower Age Cutoffs for Vaccines?

As the U.S. vaccine rollout continues to expand, health justice advocates worry about a racial gap in vaccinations. Black communities have been hard hit by the pandemic, but rates of vaccination in communities of color lag behind largely white communities across the country. Dr. Oni Blackstock, a primary care and HIV physician, argues that age cutoffs should be lowered or removed for Black people in order to speed up inoculations, noting that Black Americans are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white Americans and also dying at rates similar to those of white Americans who are 10 years older. “These fixed-age cutoffs that most states implemented…

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A New Form of Jim Crow: Ari Berman on the GOP’s Anti-Democratic Assault on Voting Rights

The Republican-led House in Georgia has passed a sweeping bill to make it harder to vote, in a move aimed to prevent Democrats from winning future elections. The bill limits access to absentee ballots, limits weekend early voting hours and curbs ballot drop boxes, among other provisions. Across the U.S., Republican lawmakers have introduced more than 250 bills in 43 states aimed at restricting voting access. Ari Berman, author and reporter for Mother Jones, says Republicans are “breaking democracy” with their push to restrict voting. “The Republican Party has no interest in appealing to a majority of Americans. Instead, they are doubling down on anti-democratic tactics so they…

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Headlines for March 2, 2021

CDC Director Warns Against States' Rollback of Coronavirus Public Health MeasuresDonald and Melania Trump Were Secretly Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in JanuaryMerck Strikes Deal to Produce COVID-19 Vaccine of Rival Johnson & JohnsonWHO Warns of Global Rise in Coronavirus Cases After Weeks of DeclinesU.N. Warns of "Death Sentence" for Yemenis as Humanitarian Aid Drive Falls ShortSenate Confirms Miguel Cardona as Education Secretary, Will Vote on Merrick Garland for AGDemocrats Unveil Wealth Tax on Ultra-Millionaires and BillionairesDOJ to Appeal After Trump-Appointed Judge Orders End to Eviction MoratoriumPresident Biden Voices Support for Amazon Workers' Vote to Unionize in AlabamaBiden Administration Paves Way for Reunification of Families Separated by Trump Goya Foods Boycott…

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Burmese Scholar: Military Junta Using Terror Against “Entire Population” to Keep Power After Coup

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We end today’s show in Burma, where mass protests continue today after at least 18 people were killed in anti-coup protests Sunday, the deadliest day since the February 1st military coup which deposed and detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Police fired live ammunition into the crowds as Burmese forces steadily escalate their crackdown. One local group says a thousand people were arrested Sunday, including journalists and medical professionals. Sunday’s bloodshed followed the firing of Burma’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, after he denounced the military coup before the…

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Rep. Ro Khanna: Democrats Should Ignore the Senate Parliamentarian and Pass $15 Minimum Wage Hike

The House of Representatives has voted to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package that includes an increase to the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour, which could now be stripped out in the final bill after the unelected Senate parliamentarian found it does not comply with budget rules. Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have also said they’ll oppose the measure. Congressmember Ro Khanna of California says the parliamentarian “misruled” in this case and that Democrats should pass the wage hike anyway. “I don’t know any part of this country where someone can survive on $7.25,” he…

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