In the past few weeks, COVID-19 (or corona virus) has reached pandemic levels. COVID-19 is not fatal for the majority of the population – it primarily affects the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. COVID-19 has occurred at the same time as an economic crisis, which is impacting millions of working-class Americans.
COVID-19 is NOT the cause of the current economic crisis. It is only revealing a deepening and inevitable crisis within imperialism. The US has been due for an economic crisis for the last few years. The Trump administration has only delayed the inevitable by continuing to slash interest rates, cut taxes, and increase subsidies for corporations. Now, at a time where millions of working-class people are suffering, the US government is pumping over a trillion dollars into the market, bailing out Wall Street yet again. This shows where the priorities of our failing capitalist state lie. Our current society is incapable of truly providing for our needs. It will always put profit over the people!
People have begun to stock up on supplies and food due to unemployment and fear of contracting COVID-19. As more and more people lose their jobs, they struggle to obtain basic necessities. As activists in Los Angeles, a city plagued by unemployment and filled with undocumented and other vulnerable people, we are asking for donations in order to distribute supplies and resources people need.
This is only one part of our goal to organize the working-class around the issues they face! If you live in Los Angeles but can’t donate, please reach out to us about how you can volunteer!