Media Roundtable: The COVID Relief Deal, US Poverty Increases By 8M & Farmworkers Demand Protection | KALW

Media Roundtable: The COVID Relief Deal, US Poverty Increases By 8M & Farmworkers Demand Protection

Dec 18, 2020

On this edition of Your Call’s media roundtable, we're discussing the second coronavirus relief deal. The $900 billion package is expected to include small business aid, direct payments and a federal unemployment supplement. Why has it taken so long for Congress to act as eight million people have fallen into poverty in just six months?

Later in the show, we'll discuss a Mother Jones investigation about the COVID outbreak at Primex Farms, a nut-packing facility in California’s Kern County, where hundreds of farmworkers went on strike to demand protection, safe working conditions and a seat at the table. More than 100 workers have been infected with the virus.

Guests:

David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect and author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud

Arthur Delaney, reporter at the Huffington Post

Julia Lurie, senior reporter at Mother Jones 

Web Resources:

Huffington Post: Lawmakers Weigh Tough Trade-Off Between Unemployment Benefits And Stimulus Checks

Mother Jones: “Everyone Is Tired of Always Staying Silent”: Inside a Worker Rebellion in the Central Valley

The American Prospect: Unsanitized: The Return of Checks Checks Checks