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Wake to Washington

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Our shelves, ourselves

The foods we *don’t* panic-buy at the grocery store during a pandemic can be telling. That we don’t show love to Hamburger Helper, specialty meat/pasta alternatives, and frozen meals suggests our priorities in this industrialized food system are short-term raw ingredients—during a crisis with no concrete end date.

 

“We need an army”

Before Maryland can reopen, it’s working on building an army of health workers to do contact tracing—tracking down everyone who has been exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases and getting them to self-quarantine. Read why contract tracers are the key to controlling a pandemic.

 

Don’t blame the subways

Riding the subway is not the reason why New York is seeing such high coronavirus infection rates, despite what a paper published by an MIT economist claims. But even if people need not avoid public transportation, the city’s sanitization standards need to be improved, and the government should make masks available to all. 

 

A very different Ramadan

For most Muslims, the holy month looks very different this year. Ramadan’s typical communal aspects—from large group dinners to visits to the mosque—are impossible during quarantine especially for those affected by the illness, who may not be able to fast. Groups such as MakeSpace are livestreaming evening tarawih prayers (although many mosques have said there isn’t enough religious jurisprudence on doing so). 

 

And now, the weather

Yes, we are in a long stretch of unusually low temperatures this April, and every day this week is showing a chance of rain. All the more reason to stay indoors (and if you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, hang in there). 


Also || When art becomes self-help, the bots designed to snatch Whole Foods deliveries, every single Richmond resident who has died of COVID-19 is Black

Essential, Not Expendable protest

Join Black Lives Matter and Shut Down DC for a moving protest with cars and bicycles to celebrate front line workers and confront the politicians and corporate executives that are putting them at risk. Fill out the form to get details on meetup point.(2pm)

 

Civic stuff

Also || Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae anniversary viewing party, sign the petition to change the name of the Washington football team, why not watch an animated short about overthinking? also if you’re not watching this guy’s soothing videos of his fishtank you’re fucking robbing yourself of one of life’s simple joys

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