The COVID-19 pandemic and its countless implications seem to have transformed every aspect of life for the average American. However, for some of the most vulnerable amongst us, very little — if anything at all — has changed.

Even before the onset of the pandemic and resulting economic crash, more than half-a-million people were experiencing homelessness in the U.S. As businesses continue closing, income inequality climbs to unprecedented heights and millions across the country struggle to make ends meet, the crisis is only worsening.

According to a recent report by researchers at Columbia University, about 8 million people in the…


Isabella Robinson

06/01/20

Unsilenced

the sun is setting on Minneapolis

as elsewhere we await the call

police precincts are up in flames

but their pillars still stand tall

as a house of cards

built on the broken promise of Liberty & Justice For All Except Us

so intrinsically broken that you ain’t allowed to protest it

the pigs given badges and free reign by a government run by criminals are panicking with powerful weaponry in their clutches, corrupt cronies in their pockets as ever before

all bought and paid for

by this system concerned solely with capital while

innocent people starve in…


West Virginia workers facing unemployment struggle to receive financial assistance

Screenshot courtesy of Michelle Welsh

Across the country, working-class Americans, seemingly abandoned by the federal government, are struggling to deal with the financial fallouts of the coronavirus pandemic. In West Virginia, many workers have been left confused and unable to pay their bills as they anxiously await the arrival of missing unemployment checks.

“I have two boys starting college in the fall and need to make payments for rooms, and I have all my bills waiting to be paid,” Renee Daugherty Summers, a West Virginia worker, said. “We are stressing. It’s been six weeks, and we are still waiting for help. …


Inside a community’s struggle for safe water and food amid a global pandemic

Crises are compounding for the people of Paden City, West Virginia, a small town of around 3,000, where residents already were living under a state of emergency because of a decades-long struggle for safe drinking water before Gov. Jim Justice’s March 16 statewide declaration in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our town is in a double state of emergency,” a petition recently sent to the governor by Paden City residents states. “Not only are we worried along with the rest of the country about quarantining and staying safe from the (coronavirus), we are (also) at high risk because we are…


“…like putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound”

Workers in West Virginia who have found themselves amongst the record numbers of Americans filing for unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks say they feel abandoned by a government hell-bent on bailing out massive corporations instead of supporting working people.

“The stimulus bill is absolute garbage,” Will Hyman, a laid off commercial arts worker in Clarksburg, said. “It’s the biggest transfer of wealth to banks and corporations in human history. The government stole trillions on the backs of generations to come and in turn put a carrot out for the people.”

Hyman said the bill would cause him…


Photo courtesy of WV Can’t Wait

The campaign of West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Stephen Smith spent the first year of its existence — 136 town halls and 550 other community meetings — crowdsourcing a populist platform consisting of more than 30 individual policy plans that “quite literally contain the words and stories of thousands of West Virginians.” One of those plans includes the creation of a Mountaineer Service Corps jobs program that the Smith campaign speculates will create 40,000 living wage jobs across the state and which is modeled after FDR’s Works Progress Administration that employed millions of workers across the U.S. for public works projects.


Why winning over undecided voters is a good — not a bad — thing for a political campaign (obviously).

As videos surfaced in recent weeks of Joe Rogan’s unofficial endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for president, shameless neoliberals and other confused Democrats, left-leaning voters, failed consultants and media propagandists have ratcheted up their bad-faith smears of the most populist campaign in American history tenfold.

While the Sanders campaign and most its supporters will consider themselves no strangers to being concern-trolled and unjustly criticized by just about everyone in mainstream political discourse and corporate media in America, this most recent instance comes across as particularly egregious and, frankly, hilarious.

First, the idea of being so outraged by the casually…


West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc.

Each Sunday and each Wednesday of every week, his grandparents took him and his older sister to the small white church atop the hill across town to learn about God. The church was compact and boxlike, its thin white steeple reaching high into the sky, piercing through the ever-drifting clouds as does the blade through the heart of the wayward vagabond.

To learn about God and God’s stories was to learn to be noble and good and safe, and he always wanted to be noble and good and safe, so he always went to the church without protest, without doubt…

Douglas J Harding

from W.V. Contributing news editor for MU’s The Parthenon, formerly @ Herald-Dispatch. “The truth is weirder than any fiction I’ve seen,” -Hunter S. Thompson

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