#Big10 football players will be tested daily for #COVID19. Many meatpacking plant employees—declared essential workers by the federal government—in the Big 10 region can't get adequate testing for themselves or their families. Some have been denied testing by local governments.
According to @leahjdouglas's daily tally: 52,018 meatpacking and food processing workers have contracted #COVID19 and 237 of those workers have died. Their "hero pay" has expired, and even at-risk workers are being called back to work—or will face firing. thefern.org/2020/04/mappin…
At a hearing before the Nebraska Legislature last month, workers at major packing plants reported that they receive one surgical mask per day—and it is soaked with blood within the first 2 hours of their shifts. That has not changed.
So it's daily testing and medical monitoring for college football players, inadequate PPE and threats of unemployment for our essential workers safeguarding the food supply.

Got it.
I understand the love of football. (My dad played at Hastings alongside Tom Osborne's younger brother, Jack.)

But if we can afford daily medical screening for players, we can afford adequate PPE and mandatory social distancing for essential workers.

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55% of #COVID19 patients still had neurological symptoms 3 months after diagnosis, including "impaired mobility, limb numbness, tremor, fatigue, myalgia, memory loss, mood changes," suggesting "disruption to micro-structural & functional brain integrity."

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To me, these things all fit together fine. Kelly wanted Trump to go to Belleau Wood (which makes sense, not like Trump would know what it is). Melania liked the idea, because it would be a way to make Trump look more humane. But then, weather didn't allow for a helicopter flight.
BUT... None of that precludes Trump (who Sarah Sanders described as being in a "royal funk" after the midterm election thrashing) from making a phone call to Melania, as he said last night, getting an earful, and then petulantly saying that he never wanted to go anyway.
In fact, that would seem rather in keeping with Trump's usual MO. If he's doing something, he wants you know that it's the most important thing ever. If he's NOT doing something, he wants you to know that he not doing it, because doing it would be for stupid losers.
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So a few obvious ways that systemic racism works in Nebraska right now...
First, you start by invoking the names of Jacob Blake and George Floyd but don't mention James Scurlock. theguardian.com/us-news/2020/j…
Second, you @randyessex says that the OWH "efforts have included shifting a reporter to focus on minority affairs and including seven people of color among a dozen new community columnists." Translation: OWH doesn't employ any full-time BIPOC reporters.
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Today, Nebraska's state senators voted against introduction of a bill to protect meatpacking workers from Covid-19. They voted against even hearing from workers, against @TonyVargas's plea to see "if there is anything we can do." (THREAD) journalstar.com/legislature/se…
Nearly 5,000 meatpacking workers have tested positive for Covid-19 in Nebraska—1 in 5 of the state's cases. Twenty-two have died. @TomBrewerForNe worried what impact protecting workers would have on the beef industry. Steve Erdman blamed workers themselves for getting sick.
Ten senators decided that protecting profits for the meat industry by maintaining line speeds and work shifts was more important than even hearing from workers. Eleven more sat silent through the vote. The reason is simple: Nebraska meatpacking workers are largely Hispanic.
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My wife and I used to less than six blocks from where George Floyd was killed. It's been a long time, but even in those days, the neighborhood was desperate. There's not much that I can add to the conversation about what has happened or needs to happen next—but one observation...
In our three years on Chicago Ave, there were three murders on our block. We were burglarized (while home). There was a crack dealer who liked to set up along our front fence. But we were always ambivalent about calling police, because their presence ALWAYS made things worse.
There were two police-involved deaths in our alley (one shooting, one high-speed crash). We saw police speed through Powderhorn Park in squad cars in pursuit of a kid on foot. We saw cops hit people. My wife was once slapped in the face herself. (She was asking for information.)
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Sorry for confusion. Here's the story: Hundreds of people showed up at Smithfield to demand that the plant be closed for 2 weeks. Word among workers was that the line was halted this morning—to prevent a possible walkout, to begin deep cleaning? Not sure.
For those saying this doesn't look like much: Crete is a town of 7,000 people. There were more than 150 cars, each carrying multiple people. Loaded minivans, etc. Hundreds of people, many plant employees.
I've covered the meatpacking industry, off and on, for 12 years. To me, the idea of a large-scale protest of workers on the grounds of the plant where they work would have been inconceivable six months ago. This is extraordinary.
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