Labor/Economics/Business

Breaking: DC lifts stay-at-home order, restaurant workers get "back to work" order

At 12:01AM on Friday, Mayor 29, Mayor Bowser lifted DC's stay-at-home order, theoretically removing the power of police to arrest people in disfavored neighborhoods for just for being away from their homes. For those in neighborhoods where police have not used the stay-at-home for harassment, the main change is "back to work" orders for those working in a long line of businesses not deemed "essential" by government.

Developing Countries Struggle with Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts

Washington DC - From Ecuador to the Dominican Republic to Ethiopia, developing countries are struggling to obtain aid and financing to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus."Because of high debts and austerity policies, countries like Ecuador cannot provide basic health services to confront the coronavirus, let alone help their people survive the economic disaster," stated Eric LeCompte a United Nations finance expert who leads the religious development group, Jubilee USA Network.

Mayday Action Roundup

Early afternoon on Mayday, May 1 2020, car and bike caravans began lining up for another day of caravan protests.One of the motorcades began the day by essentially driving laps around the White House.while bicyclists rode by HHS chanting "Do Your Job!" Videographer Jane Recker reports at least 40 cars in the motorcade.

Iron Snowflake in Exile Mayday roundup video 1 min 36 sec

Still from Jane Recker's Twitter video of cyclists near HHS chanting "Do Your Job!"

ShutDownDC activists paint murel at Amazon CEO Bezo's DC mansion

On the 29th of April, ShutdownDC activists showed up in front of Jeff Bezo's new DC mansion. Once there, they painted a murel demanding that Amazon protect their workers from COVID-19, now known to be spreading in Amazon "fulfillment centers" as online shopping soars.

Video of murel painting at the home of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos 16 sec

Photo by Shutdown DC

Essential not Expendable caravans crisscross DC

On the 27th of April, two motorcades and a bike caravan crosscrossed the city visiting locations where essential workers are placing themselves at risk for the public before converging in SE DC. During the closing rally in SE, cops demanded protesters leave-and some of the cops removed their own personal protective equipment to do so.

Video featuring the bike caravan, including police incident at end 1 min 58 sec

United Nations Warns of Famine, Urges Debt Relief and Calls for New Debt Process to Confront Coronavirus

Over the last 48 hours, United Nations agencies warned the coronavirus could spread famine to hundreds of millions, called for new debt relief processes and the UN's chief urged expanding debt relief and aid to more countries."Without debt relief and emergency aid, too many countries do not have the ability to feed their people, strengthen health services or help their people survive the economic impacts of the coronavirus," stated Eric LeCompte, a UN finance expert, who leads the religious development group, Jubilee USA Network.On Thursday, United Nations Secretary Genera

Major Religious Institutions Urge President, IMF and G20 to Cancel Debts and Use Reserves to Protect Poor

Many of the largest religious institutions are calling for financial crisis protections, debt relief and additional resources to protect the world's poor in what the IMF calls the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression.

ShutDownDC holds public protest for People's Bailout on Capitol Hill

On the 9th of April, the ShutDownDC activists who staged last year's major climate change blockades in DC held a public protest on Capitol Hill to demand a "People's Bailout." They were protesting Trump's coronavirus packages that focus primarily on saving corporations.

IMF Gold Reserves Can Provide Coronavirus Relief Says Development Group

Washington, DC - As the International Monetary Fund, G20 and world leaders consider urgent actions to confront the economic impacts of the coronavirus, a development group says IMF money is available to prevent crisis and support healthcare."We believe the Fund should take additional, deeper actions to expand debt relief, aid to the poorest countries in the world as well as offer greater relief to the so-called Middle Income Countries," wrote Jubilee USA Executive Director Eric LeCompte in a letter to the head of the IMF, Kristalina Georgieva.

United Nations Agency Calls for $1 Trillion COVID-19 Debt Relief Package

Vatican Official Calls for "Jubilee"Washington DC -  A United Nations agency that predicted the 2008 financial crisis is calling for $1 trillion in debt relief for developing countries to battle the economic impacts of the coronavirus. "We are in a recession and likely facing the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression," stated Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA.

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