A WEBINAR SPONSORED BY THE REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALIST NETWORK
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
2 PM EDT (1 PM CDT / 12 PM MDT / 11 AM PACIFIC)
The global coronavirus pandemic has exposed the underlying weaknesses of world capitalism. Workers and oppressed people face 3 interrelated crises: a looming climate crisis, an economic crisis which already existed but was brought out in the open by the outbreak, and a pandemic that threatens the health of millions.
The current situation is unprecedented. In order to slow the advance of the COVID-19 outbreak, governments are consciously demobilizing whole sections of the capitalist economy. In the US alone at least 10 million are unemployed.
In the US, the Trump administration has refused to develop a national plan of action. There are already shortages of basic protective equipment for healthcare workers.
What are the roots of these crises and how can the working class address them in a way that puts forward the interests of the majority instead of the ruling rich?
Justin Akers Chacón is an activist, professor of US History and Chicano Studies, and writer in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. He is the author of Radicals in the Barrio and No One is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the US-Mexico Border.
Mary Bowman (they/them) is a revolutionary socialist and an abortion provider in Chicago. They have been involved in reproductive justice and healthcare labor organizing in Chicago for several years.
Heather Bradford is a member of Socialist Resurgence who works full-time at a domestic violence shelter and part-time at a reproductive health clinic. She is active in her union as Vice President of AFSCME 3558 and involved with an abortion fundraising group HOTDISH Militia and the Feminist Justice League.
Joe Hutchinson is a hotel worker and member of Unite Here Local 217 and Connecticut Workers Crisis Response.
Blanca Missé is a professor at San Francisco State University and an organizer with Workers’ Voice/La Voz de los Trabajadores and the International Worker.
Coco Smyth is an organizer with the Revolutionary Socialist Network and Central Ohio Revolutionary Socialists, the Marxist Center and an “essential” worker.