Tag: covid-19

Analysis

Utility Disconnections are Increasing—and the Pandemic Is Far From Over

Who is going to pick up the bill for estimated $10B in unpaid bills? Here are some options to avoid mass utility disconnections. Theodore J. Kury The shutdowns and restrictions that governments have imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have made it hard for many households to afford basic […]

San Antonio Bioregion, Take Action

TAKE ACTION: A Community-Led Climate/COVID-19 Recovery

On Saturday, Join an Online Conversation to Help Develop a Community-Led Climate/COVID-19 Recovery for San Antonio. {EDITOR’S NOTE, 10.30.2020: Thanks to all who attended. View full event video here.} A recovery plan that is capable of meeting the challenges of today’s many colliding crises must center the needs of those […]

Reporting

Lender Oportun Is Suing Low-Income Latinx in Texas by the Thousands

A monthslong investigation revealed that California-based Oportun Inc., founded to help Latino immigrants build credit, routinely uses lawsuits to intimidate a vulnerable population into keeping up with high-interest loan payments—even amid COVID-19. Kiah Collier, Ren Larson, & Perla Trevizo HOUSTON—On an afternoon in mid-June, Analleli Solis was walking home from […]

Analysis, San Antonio Bioregion

Utility Violence: CPS Energy’s History of Forced Shutoffs

To Truly Tackle Root Inequities, Council Must Address CPS Energy’s Legacy of Disconnections Greg Harman San Antonio summers are a time of retreat. During 2012, Texas’s hottest year on record, San Antonians fled to movie theaters, water parks, libraries, and VIA’s designated cooling centers (our bus fleet). For those in […]

Broadcast, San Antonio Bioregion

EP11: San Antonio City Council Breaks on Critical Renter Protections

In just over 10 minutes, Deceleration.Live Episode 11 breaks down San Antonio City Council’s failure last week to protect local renters staring down a June 1, 2020, eviction deadline by passing a proposed 60-day grace period on evictions. The landlords turned up in force; renters and housing advocates kept their […]

Analysis

How COVID-19 and White Fragility are Fueling Fascist Creep

In the COVID-19 era, white fragility intensifies a collective sense of white life in peril, paving the way for a rising fascism. How can we intervene? Alex Khasnabish/ROAR Politics as usual seems to have been put on hold while we grapple with the pandemic, but the political forces and formations […]

Analysis

‘We Demand a More Care-full World!’ & Other COVID Statements We Like

Marisol Cortez 1. First up: “Reimagining the Future After the Corona Crisis,” a hot-off-the-presses open letter by New Roots for the Economy, written collaboratively by members of the international degrowth network and signed by over 70 organizations and 1,100+ scientists, artists, activists, academics from 66 countries (including a couple of […]

Broadcast

EP10: Everyday Rude Boy’s Unintentional Mental Health Mother’s Day

Episode 10 is Deceleration‘s “mad pride” edition. Almost in time for Mother’s Day. We celebrate 10 episodes with a deep dive discussion of all things mental illness in the time Covid-19 with celebrated San Antonio musician (and artist) Phil Luna. This was truly one of our most satisfying broadcasts. We […]

Broadcast

EP09: Gov. Abbott’s COVID-19 Redux … DIY Loquat Jam … SWU’s Mutual Aid

Deceleration‘s ninth broadcast for the Covid-19 era in San Antonio opens w/ a nod to International Worker’s Day and local calls for the release of the incarcerated and support for housing rights. Texas Governor Greg Abbott gets a fitting roast for his decision to send Texas back to the movies […]

Reporting

Americans in Pandemic: Cancel Rent, Suspend Mortgage

“My bill to cancel rent and mortgages isn’t just necessary,” says Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, “it’s popular.” Jessica Corbett New polling from the think tank Data for Progress shows that a majority of Americans across the political spectrum support canceling rent payments and suspending home mortgage payments during the coronavirus pandemic—results […]

Broadcast

EP07: DIY COVID-19 Masks … Existence as Resistance … #FreeThemAll

Deceleration‘s seventh broadcast for the Covid-19 era in San Antonio documents local action demanding release of detained immigrants, an instructional DIY T-Shirt COVID-19 mask, and extensive interview of Laura Rios-Ramirez of Kalpulli Ayolopaktzin and Martinez Street Women’s Center. All that and news/resource updates and calls to community action. This coming […]

Analysis

War: COVID-19 Era’s Ultimate ‘Non-Essential’ Activity

United Nations call for ceasefire is silencing weapons around the world … just not where the U.S. is a key combatant. Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies At least 70 countries have signed on to the March 23 call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire […]