April 2020 | Hillman Foundation

Clear It With Sidney

Notes on journalism for the common good, by Lindsay Beyerstein

April 2020

Sidney's Picks: Chloroquine, Cruises, and Coronavirus

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Used with the kind permission of Dissent. 

The Best of the Week’s News

  • The inside scoop on Trump’s crackpot plan to flood the nation will millions of dosesof hydroxychloroquine, an unproven treatment for Covid-19 that seems to kill patients. (Vanity Fair, AP)
     
  • 21% of all cruise ships had at least one case of coronavirus, and 65 passengers died, according to a new analysis. (Miami Herald)
     
  • NewsGuild’s Nastaran Mohit: Organizing in a pandemic (Teen Vogue)
     
  • Hillman board member Danny Glover, the son of two union postal workers, warns that black families would be hardest-hit by the privatization of the Post Office. (USA Today)
     
  • From farm workers to call center reps–interviews with dozens of frontline workers (Dissent)

Sidney's Picks: Morgue Temps, Costco, and the "Responsibility Bonus"

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Yuri Samoilov, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News: 

Sidney's Picks: Landfills, Instacart Monsters, and Prison Workers

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Inauguración del Hospital Municipal de Chiconcuac, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News: 

  • The first U.S. ER doctor to die of Covid-19 was a champion of the disenfranchised.
     
  • What it’s like to work at a landfill during a pandemic.
     
  • The worst people in the world are luring Instacart delivery workers with huge tips and then yanking the tips back when the groceries arrive. 
     
  • Unicor, the federal prison labor program, kept many inmate workers on the job without PPE well into March and still has some sewing masks. 
     
  • The Covid Crash caused cutbacks at over 1000 media outlets and a group of journalists created The Furlough Fund to support each other. 

Sidney's Picks: Florida Sabotaged UI & Sanitation Workers' Lives Matter

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A Florida gator enjoying the sunshine, by Anaella, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News