This is happening as their greedy corporate bosses are delivering between 2 and 3 million dollars to the Trump campaign. Get this. They are his biggest campaign contributors,
This is Coronoavirus, disaster capitalism, my friends, that is literally sacrificing, Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans to highly dangerous, toxic, prison-like, freezing working conditions in plants where production rates of Birds Per Minute—while standing next to COVID-infected employees in COVID-infected plants—reach ever-higher, plateaus.
It's terrifying to read that these companies have stopped generating official data for the public which, of course means, that the general public is also sacrificed and at risk.
Untold numbers are dying. This is inhumane. We need an abolitionist movement for what is happening in these industries hidden away from public view, reminiscent of Upton Sinclair's famous 1906 novel, The Jungle [free download available].
"The book so shocked Americans that President Theodore Roosevelt ordered an immediate investigation of slaughterhouses. The result was landmark consumer-protection legislation that formed the foundation of today’s Food and Drug Administration."We need an FDR. We need consumer and worker protections all over again in this country. Here is one small, meaningful action we can all take today. Please sign this petition—Poultry Companies: Give workers essential benefits and safe conditions during COVID19 where you can also make a contribution. National LULAC is also taking this on under the brilliant leadership of Domingo Garcia and Sindy Benavides.
This whole system needs to be upended. We need a national campaign to boycott any plant that treats its workers so horrifically.
Just the thought of chicken produced under these conditions makes my stomach churn anyway.
Aside from the general principle of the matter, it's for the good of everybody's health and welfare. You may want to go straight to the NY website, as I just did, to listen to the audio version of this story. The narrator, presumably the author, Jane Mayer, does an excellent job. Hearing her tell the story made it even more impactful for me. So impactful that I had to blog about this right away.
How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic
Ronald Cameron, the head of Mountaire, which critics call a “brutal” employer, is one of Trump’s top donors.Illustration by Cleon Peterson