Commissions

The New York Times Magazine: “The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks” 

“In March, when the United States began to lock down to slow the spread of the new virus, some workers noticed a change in how the government talked about them. As leaders planned for closures, it became clear that many of the lowest-paid and least-respected jobs in America were, in fact, the most important: the ones that could not be paused or interrupted or bypassed if society was to keep functioning. You could not, as Knutson put it, simply close the door to a farm for a month and then reopen it. People who had regularly been called illegal suddenly found themselves rebranded as essential.”

In “The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks,” reporter Brooke Jarvis writes about how the pandemic has exposed the problems within our food system. Read more or listen to the piece at nytimes.com.







The California Sunday Magazine: “What Happened in Room 10?”

“From their beds, Helen and Twilla could hear nurses running down the hallway. The sound was conspicuous because people don’t usually run inside nursing homes.”

Reporter Katie Engelhart investigates the history of America’s nursing homes and the impact of COVID at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, WA — the site of the country’s first nursing home outbreak. 


STAT News: “A reckoning for health care professionals: Should they be activists, too?

Coverage of the “Healthcare Workers for Justice March” in Seattle, for a STAT News piece by Ruth Hailu. 

“‘The idea, I think mistakenly so, was that there isn’t bias that exists in medicine. It’s a neutral playing field,’ said Estell Williams, a surgeon at the University of Washington and one of the organizers of the march in Seattle. ‘People are just now understanding or coming to terms with the fact that, you know, that isn’t the case.’”


Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal: For Nurses Day, Tales From the Coronavirus Frontlines

Thrust into the forefront of the pandemic, nurses have adapted to unimaginable challenges. Across the country, nurses talked about how this experience has changed their outlook for the foreseeable future.” 


The Marshall Project: “This City Stopped Sending Police to Every 911 Call” 

“In Olympia, Washington, unarmed ‘crisis responders,’ wearing no uniforms, are being dispatched by 911 to de-escalate some conflicts and connect people with services.”

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