Monday, April 6, 2020

COVID-19 Coverage in Hard Crackers (Updated 4/14)

As the COVID crisis transforms daily life around the world, we have been working to collect stories and interviews for the Hard Crackers blog. So far we have published:

An MTA workers discusses the chaos of running the NYC subway amid the crisis.

An Amazon warehouse worker calls out the unsafe and hyper-exploitative practices which put Amazon workers and the general public at risk.

Tanzeem Ajmiri on Coronavirus conspiracy theories and what they tell us about American society.

Fast food worker Luis Brennan from the Burgerville Workers Union on the present horizons for workplace organizing and what could come next.

An Emergency nurse on supply shortages, bureaucratic hospital management, and the absurdity of capitalist medicine.

An ICU nurse speaks out on shortages, deteriorating standards of care, and retaliation against a whistleblower.

An editorial roundtable on the social significance of the crisis for American society.

Boyda Johnstone on the challenges of online teaching as students grapple with hardships in their daily lives.

Editor Mike Morgan on the potential for resistance in the military amid COVID, and his own experiences organizing against the Apartheid-era South African military.

CJ Leblanc on the impact of COVID on incarcerated people at Angola, and the potential for rebellion.

Last but not least, a discussion of America's #1 quarantine obsession: Netflix's Tiger King.

We are looking for testimonials from everyday people about workplace safety, unemployment and housing issues, struggles with paying bills and taking care of their loved ones, as well as any acts of solidarity and collective action in these very difficult times. We want to hear from you! If you have a story that you want to share with us, please email the editor at