Social Practices COVID-19 Teaching Resources

From Beyond Social

MANUAL How to use the wiki

WDKA Links

   WDKA Staff and Students Update
   WDKA COVID-19 Central Information Point (In Dutch Only)
   MYWDKA Distance Education 
   Etherpad hosted on Piet Zwart Institute Experimental Publishing server

They aren't any less private that regular etherpads on riseup or whatever, but they are hosted on an internal WdKA/PZI server. So in case you want to be strict-ish about HR regulations that we use only "official" HR software, this pad may be a workaround. Do not post private or sensitive information on these pads (student emails, phone numbers, etc...). They are not private, and also GDPR.

   Education on a distance - Learning technologies from HR
   Research for People Who Would Rather Create

Manifestos and Charters and the like

Foundational documents, demand-lobbying, organizational guidelines

 REPORT LOSS OF INCOME DUE TO CORONA HERE

In doing so, you contribute to the mapping of loss of income amongst artists and culture workers. With this information, Platform BK, Kunstenbond and Kunsten ’92 can lobby for an apt cluster of crisis measures for the arts.
Filling out the survey costs approximately 10 minutes. The survey is anonymous and entirely in English.

   DCW (Design and Cultural Workers Union). Open Letter: COVID-19 Statement from Designers + Cultural Workers
   Newsletter announcement DCW
   UVW (United Voices of the World). Open Letter: UVW response and demands of bosses and government  UVW is a members-led, campaigning trade union which supports and empowers the most vulnerable groups of precarious, low-paid and predominantly migrant workers in the UK. Founded in 2014, rapidly gaining media attention and popular support with a series of high-profile victories for workers at Sotheby's, Harrods, and the London School of Economics
   Dutch ZZP-er (Freelancer) Manifesto. Cultural Workers Shouldn't Pay for the COVID-19 Pandemic in NL  This is an anonymous open letter meant to address Dutch cultural organisations, institutions of education and research, and government bodies. Its goal is to raise concerns regarding freelance and remote work during the COVID-19 emergency. Feel free to circulate, appropriate and adapt this text. 
   Cancel everything, pay everyone!This is an open letter directed to gallery owners, curators, editors and directors, It's aim is to highlight concerns of precarious freelance work and how financial security will be impacted by cancellation of cultural events. 
   #StayTheFuckHome. A Movement to Stop the COVID-19 Pandemic 
   Cross-Border Feminist Manifesto: Emerging from the Pandemic Together     
   [Do we need manifesto/charter/guidelines/whateveruwannacall?]
At least for SP? Something to see with the group that logs on next week.

So far, compiled this list of priorities from diff ppl/groups, feel free to add priorities of your department or your personal conviction-type stuff

  • XPUB

- priority on physical and mental care/health and solidarity - honouring agreements with freelancers in one way or another - adapting the curriculum/schedule to match everyone's constraints and suddenly more complicated daily activities (both of staff and students) - planning should be very flexible, things will change on a weekly/daily basis for the coming month - slowing down is a good thing

  • Others

+ do not create more dependencies on software, esp. tech with a steep learning curve and/or companies with dubious, extractive practices + in a crisis situation... ...communicate clearly and precisely and often (but not all the time) ...ego conflicts are a liability ...explore solidarity and generous collaboration ---allow people to organize independently, adapting "official" guidelines to their own needs ...archiving, interpretation of information and resources is vital +give us time to figure this out... in HK, for mass closure of schools due to protests+coronavirus, they gave 2 weeks for self-directed online learning and then 2 week recess for teachers to re-design their lesson plans... online learning environments are not built overnight... also, people may have other pressing concerns at the moment such as taking care of family members, trying to make rent without freelance work/horeca or retail jobs/etc...

*just because people are home, doesn't mean they have the same ability to concentrate From a meeting: NO BUSINESS AS USUAL. Demand recess. This is not a design-thinking, how do we solve 'wicked problems' scenario.

Include challenges in your briefs, let students contribute to solving such problems as most of them (problems) can inherently fit into a design project. Educators work for such precarious academic institutions that asking them to come up with urgent, mind-blowing, optimal and UNPAID solutions is not only unfair but highly counter-productive. We should not reproduce precarity.

Please do not tackle this as a design project. Your task here is to train students to find their own solutions. It is not a test for your own design skills. Keep the ego aside and be kind to yourselves.

Mental health and anxiety and isolation

 We have begun the dreaded third quarter of isolation, when — yes — things get weird

In studies of people isolated in submarines, space stations or polar bunkers, researchers have found there appears to be an inflection point where the frustration and hardship of being cooped up inside gets suddenly harder to bear.

 The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence

Authors: Samantha K Brooks, PhD, Rebecca K Webster, PhD, Louise E Smith, PhD, Lisa Woodland, MSc, Prof Simon Wessely, FMedSci, Prof Neil Greenberg, FRCPsych, Gideon James Rubin, PhD

  COVID-19 & Your Mental Health: A Comprehensive Resource Guide

This resource was pulled together by a counselling practice who specialize in tools and self-knowledge in overcoming anxiety and depression. They are based in Vancouver, BC.

Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to responding to COVID-19. Caring for our mental health as individuals and as a community translates into a more effective pandemic response and fewer costs to humans and society as a whole.

   Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources

From Mental Health America. Has extensive list of resources. US centric. But there's one Spanish language entry in the advice for parents section

   self-care share pod for times of isolation
   RESOURCES TO STAY PHYSICALLY AND MENTAL HEALTHY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
   I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share
   Coping with being housebound 

This zine is based on a thread in mastodon posted by @alex@godforsaken.website.

Education-Based Resources

Comprehensive lists, shared docs, (collectively written) resources from/for pedagogues

 6 Quick Ways to Be More Inclusive in a Virtual Classroom
 A Philosophical Coping Manual for Academy Students in Quarantine

Author: Ksenia Galiaeva

 A Reminder of Who is Hurt by Insisting that Students Share Images of their Personal Lives

If you require that students attend live classes digitally, you are putting their privacy at risk. The data that you demand is stolen by tech companies, the class can be terrorized by racists and other kinds of bigots, and the images that you require can be captured by others and circulated online forever.

 Please, Professors: Stop Pretending the Dying Isn’t Happening

If you’re teaching young people right now, you need to think about that thing that none of us wants to think about: people dying from the coronavirus.

 COVID-19: A Feminist Killjoy’s Rant On Toxic Productivity In The Academy

We are witnessing an unprecedented global pandemic that has an overwhelming impact on how we see our future selves; where we see our future selves and whether we will be able to accept us the way we emerge out of this catastrophe. We have to survive first and then continue with our projects. The killjoy inside me snaps me out every time I feel guilty of not being able to concentrate, or hiding my face behind the ‘stop video’ feature in zoom!

 Academia in the Time of Covid-19: Our Chance to Develop an Ethics of Care

This article is co-authored by Isabelle Anguelovski, Esteve Corbera, Jordi Honey-Rosés and Isabel Ruiz-Mallén.
If you wish to expand the views and ideas expressed in the article by adding your name as additional signatory, please do so here. With your name and contributions, we may work towards a Global Manifesto on Academic Praxis during and after Covid-19.

 Feminist Pedagogy in a Time of Coronavirus Pandemic

FemTechNet, a network of scholars, artists, and students working on, with, and at the borders of technology, science, and feminism, has a great deal of experience thinking about pedagogy and technology. We have produced real intimacy, vibrant classes, and insurgent pedagogy since 2012. The principles of our signature Distributed Open Collaborative Courses (DOCCs) are crucial (see below). In this time of crisis, we believe we need to think again, drawing the most power possible from the radical knowledges, tactics, and commitments of feminist pedagogies of past experience.

   Teaching Design

Google Doc

  • Ideas for online teaching and learning design
  • (⇨ online bibliography) An in-progress + collaborative project
  • design as in: graphic, industrial, product, communication, media, visual, video, fashion, textile, web, interface, UX, animation, game, typeface …

Quite useful. And joyfully colourful

  RESOURCES FOR ONLINE INSTRUCTION of VISUAL/STUDIO ARTS
   Teaching Effectively During Times of Disruption

Stanford University guide to teaching in times of COVID-19. Looks like they are subscribed to Google online VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) by the tools that they recommend using. Interesting section on synchronous vs asynchronous teaching. Extensive Zoom tutorial.

   Italy's Ministero dell'Istruzione (Ministry of Education) official guide to teaching at a distance. 
   ArtEZ Arnhem: Emergency Online Readiness for Students
   University of Hong Kong: Teaching and Learning Arrangement (Updated February 10)
   Jason Coe (HK academic) ZOOM Meeting 
   Distance-Learning Tips for Gallatin Arts Workshops: Getting Started

Authors: Teachers at Arts Faculty, NYU Gallatin
Source: Crowdsourced Google Doc

   Some working questions

Engage with the circumstances of the moment. What does it mean to teach art-making in the 21st century? What are the students noticing about institutional response to crisis?

Industry response?

What can this moment teach about the world we live in and the fields we work in?

How might these online formats stimulate ways to think about environments, space, and time? For example: what might be ways to “build environments for the screen” or think about the bounded screen as a kind of theatrical space?

How might students collaborate in this new space? For example: working in pairs or groups to create projects that are shared and built upon remotely?

   Amazing Educational Resources 

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings (Updated)

   Resources for Online Meetings, Classes, and Eventshttps

by Facilitators for Pandemic Response group and other collaborators

   ACCESSIBLE TEACHING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
   Design Education Resources and Considerations for dealing with COVID-19 (AIGA)
   Digital Cultures Resource Person Community List

This is a list of resource persons in digital cultures who want to help peers deal with this transition.

   Carnegie Mellon Assignment/Team Prompts

Community-Based Resources

Comprehensive lists, shared docs, (collectively written) resources from/for community organizers

 Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
 Strategic tools or supports for a creative community

This is a list of community organizations that steward a space, maintain revolutionary desires, generate participation in their local neighborhood, use resources collectively and generously, and have interesting internal structures of support within the organization. Each of them use art as a strategic tool or supports a creative community.

 Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19

A growing directory of autonomous and self-organized mutual aid groups and resources related to the coronavirus, updated daily.

 COVID Ready Communication Playbook

We’ve crowdsourced this playbook to provide some practical advice on how to talk about some difficult topics related to COVID-19. Building on our experience studying and teaching communication for two decades, we’ve drawn on our networks to crowdsource the challenges and match them with advice from some of the best clinicians we know. If you know our work, you’ll recognize some familiar themes and also find new material.

 Coronavirus Tech Handbook

The Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a crowd-sourced library for technologists, civic organisations, public and private institutions, researchers, and specialists of all kinds working on responses to the pandemic. It is a rapidly evolving resource with thousands of expert contributors.

 COVID-19 Mutual Aid
 Amid the coronavirus crisis, mutual aid networks erupt across the country

As the government response to the pandemic falters, mutual aid projects — a staple of social movements for decades — are rising up to meet people's basic needs.

 Feminist Resources on the Pandemic

The response to Coronavirus is a feminist issue.
The response to the current pandemic is in dire need of feminist perspectives, especially as we are already seeing the gendered impact it is having. We hope you find this page to be a useful resource in staying informed and making sure that during this time, we both protect the most vulnerable and ensure that governments’ responses to this pandemic don’t trigger a roll back on women’s and human rights. We will be continually updating this space with new resources. If you think we’ve missed something, drop us a line!

 Surviving the Virus: An Anarchist Guide
   Covid at Home   Self-help site on COVID-19, based on reputable sources including the World Health Organization, Center of Disease Control (USA), Robert-Koch-Institut (Germany) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (EU), initiated and co-maintained by (legendary Dutch hacker and XS4ALL founder) Rop Gonggrijp. Informs on basic facts on COVID-19, how to stay healthy, what to do when symptoms emerge and at various levels of disease, shopping list, how to get involved and help the project 
   Queer Relief Covid-19 Berlin - Offering Help  This is the form for offering support to people who are immunocompromised, chronically ill, asthmatic or elderly. We also give relief to people in quarantine that need help. This is a queer community effort. Priority will be given to people on the LGBTQIA+. spectrum and other marginalized folx (i.e. BiPoC).
   COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a place to seek direct emergency funding. 
   Mutual Aid for Survival Useful stuff from here: +++++ Article on pod-mapping strategy for mutual aid Pod Mapping is a tool for mutual aid developed by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. The mapping tool focuses on the notion of the 'pod' as a microcosm of community. (See section: Lectures, Workshops, Lessons, Activities, Ideas)
   +++++ Essay on Half Assed Disabled Prepper Tips for Preparing for a Coronavirus Quarantine
   (LIST) Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19Authors: Text written by Cindy Milstein, resources compiled by Agency & CM. Link to Google Doc, which will be updated as we get information, is here. To add to this list, email anarchistagency@gmail.com. Overwhelmingly, in this extensive list of what communities all over are putting together, in terms of resource lists and guides, Google Docs and Facebook are used. All resources from US. 
   COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resource Links (slight Los Angeles focus) This is quite an extensive document that does devote a large section to Los Angeles-focused mutual aid resources. Many of the links found within this document are already listed in throughout this (study) pad. Much of the information and practices outlined in this document are from lessons gained from disability and transformative justice activists. There are several practices / exercises listed below in the "Lectures, Workshops, Lessons" section. 
   BERLIN LOW-INCOME ARTIST+FREELANCER RELIEF FUND Hi. We're a group of low-income/precariously employed artists+freelancers from the Berlin arts scene raising money to support other artists and freelancers like us who are taking financial hits as a result of closures and lost income from Covid-19. Our intention is to collectively raise funds to provide emergency and preventative resources to those at financial risk as the government is doing little to protect our well-being.Comparable campaigns: NYC Low-Income Artist+Freelancer Relief Fund and PRECARIOUS WORKERS & ARTISTS HARDSHIP FUND in the UK
   Neighbors helping Neighbors: Request for Aid - Philly Mutual Aid for Folks affected by COVID-19This is a form and service developed by volunteers in Philadelphia. It is for people in need of food or other supplies, or for picking up prescriptions or transporation assistance. The service prioritizes those who are the most vulnerable. There is a form that needs to be filled out to request services. The important disclaimer: We are simply neighbors helping neighbors. The aid provided comes from community support and solidarity thus we cannot guarantee to meet each request but we will be trying our best to do so . We are not funded, we are not a government or medical agency, we are simply neighbors connecting neighbors to neighbors who can help (and we happen to be organizers

   Decolonizing Community Care In Response To Covid-19 Author: Jade Begay Now more than ever it is imperative for us to decolonize from individualism and reconnect with ways of community care.

   Autonomous Groups Are Mobilizing Mutual Aid Initiatives To Combat The Coronavirus
   Mutual Links from The World Transformed (TWT)
   SH*T! 7 things to do instead of hoarding toilet paper  Beautiful Trouble’s irreverent guide to activism in the time of pandemic. Author: Rae Abileah and Nadine Bloch 
   Coronavirus Tech Handbook
   Leveler, peer to peer wealth distribution

The leveler is a tool for salaried workers to distribute wealth evenly across a database of freelancers, service industry and gig economy folks who are impacted by COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. You can joing the database if you are impacted by the situation, or you can donate/distribute if you are a salaried worker.

Concrete ideas for classroom activities

 EXPLORING MASK-MAKING AS A CREATIVE RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC

"By now, the face mask has become a familiar presence in our lives, both as a protective device against COVID-19, and as a key symbol of our plague-ridden times. And yet, wearing a mask is an act that historically, and even now, makes a statement beyond safety, says artist and art curator Michael Magnussen.

To help us unmask the multiple meanings that can emerge from wearing a mask during COVID-19, Magnussen is leading the online exercise Personal Mask Making – A Prototyping Exercise. Taking place on July 20 from 12 to 1 p.m., this free public workshop focuses on using mask-making to explore our perspectives on the virus and its effect on our lives... In the workshop, he’ll guide participants through the process of using simple materials—paper, pencil, scissors, tape—to create a prototype of a personal mask. The process will involve reflecting through drawing and journaling, and using techniques such as beading and bedazzling to create a customized design."

 Mapping Our Roles in Social Change Ecosystems 

  1. In our lives and as part of movements and organizations, many of us play different roles in pursuit of equity, shared liberation, inclusion, and justice. This framework and reflection guide are starting points to reflect on the roles we play in our social change ecosystem - whether that is a project team, an organization, a network, a neighborhood, an online community, a campus group or a movement.

  2. The framework is incomplete because there are many more roles that people play to bring about social change than envisioned in the map. Feel free to be creative with the framework, keeping in mind that what is added should be about the roles you play, rather than job titles or functions. Similarly, the reflection guide is a launching pad to catalyze deeper self-awareness. It provides questions for individuals and organizations to locate and understand their own roles, identify the gaps and strengths in their ecosystems, and develop aspirations for the future.

  3. Together, the map and reflection guide can be used at an individual level to reflect, assess, and plan, as well as at staff and board retreats, team-building meetings, orientations, and strategy sessions. Often, this exercise works well if it is used at the start of a gathering or workshop. It can especially be helpful to re-align ourselves when we feel lost, confused, and uncertain in order to bring our fullest selves to the causes and movements that matter to us.

Source: https://buildingmovement.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Reflection-Guide-for-Mapping-Roles-in-A-Social-Change-Ecosystem.pdf

 Ideas for long term projects

  1. What would happen if, for a period of one year, a large number of artists (established and non-established) decided to change their ‘studio-hermit’ practices and object-based art productions for a non-object, non-material = more participatory, social/community-based practice?

  2. To what extent is the art/cultural sector (funding bodies, institutions, foundations, curators, critics, artists, producers, etc.) preparing itself to operate in a future with resource scarcity: energy, materials, food or water? *I would like to see more funding opportunities dedicated to supporting new (and more sustainable) ways of creation, production and distribution of artworks, projects and events.

  3. How realistic is it to keep creating/making/doing business as usual if there isn’t a solid/fair/sustainable structure/infrastructure in place that can sustain what we create/do? Shouldn’t we be putting all our energy/resources/time/effort to design/build/rebuild/demand stronger systems/infrastructures/frameworks? And I apply this reasoning to all sectors, including my own: Arts and Culture. I wonder if we should “pause” that impulse of creating objects and material stuff until we have a clearer idea of how we are going to continue living on this planet. Can we redirect all of that creativity towards something else? Maybe towards something that is more useful to our present communities/society?

Source: https://medium.com/@CarmenSP/what-should-we-expect-from-art-in-the-next-few-years-decades-and-what-is-art-anyway-be9f75c3d1ae

 Corona Scenario Games  - An alternative to sipping the toxic hose of fear

directions:

1. Everyone say hello/ introductions

2. Scenes seen or seen scenes:
- everyone gets 2-3 minutes to describe what is going on around them or effecting them
- this means the scenes seen directly touching your life and imagination.
- fine to repeat from previous session

3. Choose two scenes to develop into scenarios - one for this week, one for next week

4. Develop scenario
- characters
- events
- timing /temporal frame of play

5. Choose characters and fill them out.
- who or what are they accountable to?
- what is their personality / behavior or outlook like?
- dogma, ideology, “beliefs”

6. Play game -
- sequential turns
- direct responses when appropriate

7. Stop playing with enough time to discuss what happened in the game.

 Call to witness the present for the future

New platform captures tales of care and solidarity

From the diaries of Samuel Pepys to the Mass-Observation Diary of the Second World War, the present has been recorded for the future.

Now an urgent call-out, led by social scientists at Lancaster University, is appealing for photographs, artwork, sounds, videos, blogs, lectures, poetry, prose, letters and essays to capture the public experience of COVID-19.

 Your Maps of Life Under Lockdown 

CityLab recently invited readers to draw maps of their worlds in the time of coronavirus. Already, nearly 150 of you have responded to our call with an incredible range of interpretative maps, submitted from all over the world.

You charted how your homes, neighborhoods, cities and countries have transformed under social distancing and stay-at-home orders around the planet, from daily work routines and the routes of your “sanity walks,” to the people you miss and the places you fled.

 The Six-Hour Experimental Opera Happening on Zoom

On Tuesday night, more than 250 performers will participate in Full Pink Moon, a streamed version of an opera by composer Pauline Oliveros.

 How to use those beautiful antique sewing patterns

This is issue #30 from July 1902, complete with pattern sheet.
My mission: to find a pair of drawers in this spaghetti.

 The Social Distance Project

the community donation project that started as a tweet
meg zukin asked the internet for relationship drama in the time of coronavirus and got so many responses that she created a google doc that anyone could view with a small donation ($1). after raising over $5,000, she turned the doc into a free and public website.

 107 Long Distance Relationship Activities

Because, let's face it, we are in an LDR with the entire world ATM.... Just for inspo, not suggesting you do anything couple related or kinky with students.

 Dreams under confinement

Here is a collective document where you can record the dreams you have under whatever level of confinement.

  • Please write your initials (or pseudo) and the date.
  • Please specify the conditions and place of your confinement: self isolation, social distancing, quarantine, state imposed house confinement.
  • Just put your dreams at the end of the document, after the last written dream, don’t worry about date order.
  • Obviously do not edit or delete anyone else’s dreams.
  • I will be saving the document regularly in case of any disasters.
  • Kiss
 The Pandemic Experience Archive

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented historical moment. Each week, for the rest of the semester, you will create a document that chronicles your experience as events unfold over the next 7 weeks. Your document might take the form of:

  • Journal entries
  • Series of photos
  • Instagram/Facebook/social media posts
  • Voice/video recordings
  • Recorded Zoom/Skype sessions
  • Emails/letters/text message exchanges
  • Drawings/creative works
  • Poems

Choose a form above and stick with it! You can always add additional types of documents to your archive. This project is an opportunity to reflect on and respond to your experience of this unprecedented event as it unfolds in real time. You can use this as a way to reflect, to play, to ponder, to theorize, to look closely, or to connect with others.

   Write an email to somebody who inspires you

A student I barely know took a few minutes to send me a beautiful email today. Let’s all do this while in lockdown, if we can. Let’s write one email a day to someone whose work has inspired you, someone you care about, someone who has made your life more meaningful. All in for fierce and kind pedagogies


   Spread-Sheet-Introduction* 

(*inspired by the “Building Alternatives” spread sheet of Evening Class London) Found on teaching-net shared doc (See Education-Based Resources)

  • Set up a Google Sheet
  • In the first column write your name and style it
  • Chose an emoji as your course-signature paste it in the second column
  • In the third column write: What are you personally interested in or concerned about?
  • Find common themes and comment on your colleagues interest in the fourth column in your font-style

Sample picture here

   POD MAPPING

Pod-mapping strategy for mutual aid Author: Rebel Sidney Black
facebook.com/rebelblack007
Source: Mutual Aid for Survival (See Community-Based Resources)
Pod Mapping is a tool for mutual aid developed by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. The mapping tool focuses on the notion of the 'pod' as a microcosm of community. Using 'pod' as a microcosm of community makes it more concrete, easier to get organized, connect, make and follow through with a plan. Pod Mapping therefore relies on concrete names of people that can be called upon in times of need. The pod map starts with placing yourself in a circle; next step is to fill in dark circles around your circle names of people who you can count on for different services and aid. Some examples might be somebody who can take you to the doctor, provide childcare, purchase and deliver groceries, etc. The next layer, dotted circles, are people who might become part of the map. The most external layer are larger community groups, networks and resources. The map therefore moves from the most direct and concrete to less-defined, yet important, forms of support. The resulting map of mutual aid visualizes who you can call upon in times of need, and vice versa.

Neighborhood Pods How-To As things get harder, we show up for our neighbors. As a pod point person, you take on the responsibility of reaching out to your neighbors, checking in on what needs are arising on your block, coordinating a neighborhood group chat or phone tree, and staying in touch with the point people from other neighborhoods for resource pooling.

How to build your pod

  • Fill out the survey to volunteer as a pod point person (PPP)
  • Starting your pod
    Print (or write out!) copies of the following contact sheet and deliver to your neighbors. Ideally you’ll deliver 30+ fliers to the houses/apartments right around where you live. Ring the doorbell, knock, talk through the flyer with them, and if they aren’t home, leave a flyer. (Be safe about this!! Might be better to just leave the flyer on their porch)
    It is illegal to put things in other people’s mailboxes: try the crack of their door, between screen door and main door, etc.
    Safety advice: leave off your house number
    The flyers are to exchange contact info, in order to start a text thread (or whatsapp, signal, slack, facebook messenger, whatever!) or a phone tree.
    FLYER ASAP IN CASE RESTRICTIONS ON LEAVING HOME ARE PUT IN PLACE
  • Naming your pod
    Pick a fun name! My dad’s pod in California is “the Peralta Street Blockheads”
  • Building your pod
    Create a group chat (ex: Whatspp, Groupme, Slack) for your neighborhood and as people text you, add them to the group
    Troubleshoot as needed - help folks download any necessary apps and get set up if they need it, answer questions, ask neighbors to help bring more people in.
    Neighborhood Pods should have between 5 and 30 people. If there are more than 30 neighbors interested, figure out how to split up into two pods.
    Use the conversation guide below to get to know the people in your pod, and to get a sense of what support needs may come up in your pod.
  • Stay in touch with your pod members.
    Share wider-community resources, and keep up with how folks are doing. If your pod members are into individual check-ins, do those as often as feels right. (Right now, your pod might do check-ins every few days. If the pandemic escalates, your pod may choose to check in every day.) If you are PPP of a larger pod, consider establishing a phone tree for individual calls or texts.

found in COVID-19 Mutual Aid Resource Links)

  • Building care teams

There is an example of how to create a local community response team in an apartment building.

  • Set up a mutual aid fund

A crowdfunded solidarity funding pool that can be distributed out to those experiencing financial difficulties.

  • Actions you can take right now: Do a self-inventory. What do you have? How will you support yourself? What can you share?
    Your inventory can include your skills: making creative recipes with canned food, talking to friends who are in panic, making plans, making spreadsheets, getting organized.
    Maybe you have class privilege. Consider giving money directly to others. This can be sick and disabled folks who can’t work, artists who are having gigs canceled, students who don’t have access to other resources, funding an herbalist to make plant medicine & immunity boosters for others.
    Offer housing for students whose campuses are getting shut down.
  • Offer assistance to others.
    Check in with sick and disabled friends, especially those who already have to self-isolate in non-pandemic times. Resource hoarding has also impacted people who need wipes, masks, and hand sanitizers for daily survival. Share.
    Drop off groceries for elders and immunocompromised .
    Cook extra meals and share them with neighbors, housed and unhoused.

News Articles Blog Posts on Assorted Tactics

 The arts sector is now at the brink of collapse for the second time in twelve years 

extensive and informative interview (in Dutch) with Koen Bartijn en Sepp Eckenhaussen from Platform BK (Dutch contemporary artists' self-help organization) on artists falling through the cracks of the Dutch financial emergency support system:


 4 things to do to keep your zoom call zoombomber free


   The Move to Online College is Hitting Adjunct Professors the Hardest

Authors: Lauren Kaori Gurley and Aaron Gordon Source: Vice

   Everyone Gets Free Rides

Anarchist infoshop runner and tricycle driver explains his mutual aid and community care initiatives., including free rides for healthcare workers and frontliners.


   Teaching Art Online under COVID-19


   Accessible teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Author: Aimi Hamraie Source: Mapping Access "Disabled people have long used remote access as a method for organizing pleasure and kinship." "All of the below suggestions come from disability culture and community. Disabled people have been using online spaces to teach, organize, and disseminate knowledge since the internet was invented. Disabled people are leading survival praxis in apocalyptic times. Please recognize that the very types of remote access that universities now mandate for classrooms and conferences have been denied to disabled people. Please also recognize that disabled people have long engaged in refining methods for remote access to protests, classrooms, doctor’s offices, public meetings, and other events. Mention this in your classes so that students know they are benefitting from crip technology and praxis. Commit to accessible teaching because it is crip technoscience and disabled ingenuity that has made remote participation possible."

   Transcript: Yan Lianke, What Happens After Coronavirus?

Elaine W Ho writes: Also this most beautiful and moving e-lecture from a professor at HKUST, to be moved to tears via wi-fi... On February 21, Yan Lianke, IAS Sin Wai Kin professor of Chinese Culture and chair professor at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, gave an e-lecture to his class of graduate students on coronavirus, community memory, and how storytellers will one day address the outbreak. Below is a translation of that lecture, published first in ThinkChina and translated by Grace Chong.

   Mutual Aid for the End of the World

Author: Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
Source: Briarpatch Magazine

GOAT is rooted in principles of mutual aid and collaboration, with a focus on marginalized identities – centring the people who mainstream disaster narratives often paint out of the picture, portray as a threat, or assume would succumb to the Darwinian logic of “survival of the fittest.”

“I identify as ‘multiply marginalized,’ which is a simple way to say a very complicated thing,” Aus explains to me. “I’m PoC [a person of colour], I’m mixed-Black, I’m from a low-income family. I have mobility issues and chronic pain, as well as obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders.” By virtue of these things, they explain, even the decision to leave the house involves risks ranging from physically inaccessible infrastructure to harassment from police.

GOAT discussions can range from how to make homemade insulin if pharmacies shut down, to how to evacuate from Toronto if roads are closed, to how to navigate interpersonal conflicts when the survival of a group is at stake. Aus explains, “The first thing I say [when I teach] is that literally no one is able to survive day to day without relying on someone else – why do we assume we can do this when everything is falling apart?”

   Studio culture goes online at Taubman College

Author: Antonio Pacheco
Source: Archinet

"Remote and alternative design studio setups have been an ongoing interest for Taubman Assistant Professor of Architecture Cyrus Peñarroyo, who is teaching a thesis section this semester that falls at the intersection of architecture and media culture. In the studio, Peñarroyo and his students are exploring a variety of approaches for handling design critiques and reviews remotely, including distance learning and shared work sessions. Utilizing the power of conferencing platforms like BlueJeans and Google Drive, Peñarroyo and his students are exploring ways of decoupling design feedback from the physical confines of the studio space. [...] Working with two students at time, Peñarroyo was able to offer feedback on design work through a mix of digital platforms. Peñarroyo explains, 'I can see their faces on BlueJeans, and they can share their screens with me via their computers. So the person presenting shares an in-process Rhino model, for example, or they share PDFs or slideshows they have produced.' [...] For the course, students are leaving comments on one another's work via a shared Google Drive, while plans for conferencing in outside critics for the final reviews are in the works. The approach is actually preferable for some students, Peñarroyo explains, as it can take some of the stress of the review performance itself off of these budding designers. Alternative critique and review approaches create 'multiple spaces for interaction' Peñarroyo adds, 'It provides a different level of engagement and can feel more direct and less performative. It also means that students have flexibility and more than one space to engage in design with.' ”

   CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS FOR HAVING TO ABRUPTLY TEACH ONLINE

Author: Jaap Grolleman Source: Personal Blog

   How to turn an offline course into an online one

Quick suggestions, self-explanatory, by a sociology teacher

   Please do a bad job of putting your courses online

Author: Rebecca Barrett-Fox
Source: Personal Blog

An article that takes in account mental wellbeing and care of both teaching staff and students. i.e. this is a special situation and to please be aware of the extra demands. In other words, don't be a heroine. This text has been recommended in several forums and chats, multiple times in some cases. Seems to resonate.

  Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity
 Workers' rights in the Netherlands in the COVID-19 crisis
   How to hide your messy room for a Zoom video conference

Author: Barbara Krasnoff
Source: The Verge

   corona virus syllabus

A crowdsourced cross-disciplinary resource. Containing articles, books, syllabi, podcasts, visual arts, music and literature references.

Safe practices

   DIY Masks making tactics

>Tactic 1

>Tactic 2

> Tactic 3

> Tactic 3

>Tactic 4

>Tactic 5

>Tactic 6

   Wash your hands
   How soap kills the coronavirus/
   Disinfecting groceries and take out food
   PSA Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic Safe grocery shopping and takeaway from a physician trained in sterile techniques used in surgery. Coronavirus can live on plastic and metal surfaces for 3 days and cardboard for 1 hour, and aerosolized (in the air) for 3 hours.

 Addressing COVID-19 Face Mask Shortage

Information from Stanford Medicine Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab.

  • What appropriate replacement materials are suitable for facemasks when no PPE is available?
  • Links to consider if you have to make a mask
  • Can Facial Masks be Disinfected for Re-use?


Software Review

Try to include only software that is free or has a basic free version that is functional and doesn't expire in 30 days. Better if its FLOSS.


General info on FLOSS alternatives
online tools for the pandemic
Alternative Office Suites

FLOSS

  • OnlyOffice like Google Docs, best used with free NextCloud accounts.
  • Cryptpad Sequel to Etherpad & alternative to Google Docs.

Collective text editing

FLOSS

PADs to easily make and start working


SOURCECODE to make your own instance on your server


Note: pads are automatically destroyed after 60 days of inactivity. You can choose lifespan of pad, up to one year.

Online Classrooms

Proprietary

For tasks like sending course announcements, sharing course materials, collecting assignments, and grading and feedback of students.


FLOSS

An open source alternative to Slack

   XPUB is thinking of the ff combo for their online classroom set-up

Except for the pads, you might need some skillz to set this up. If you are interested in learning more, I dunno, maybe ask Interaction Station or XPUB people?

  • Mumble voice server (low latency audio only chatrooms, usually used in online video games).
  • Pads (etherpad, cryptopad)


Online conferences

FLOSS

  • Jitsi No need to make account, you can have unique/personalized URLs for a fixed classroom address

+ alternatives based on Jitsi (some of them come from the 'Digital Solidarity Networks' pad ):


Proprietary

  • Whereby (fka appear.in)
  • Zoom
  • Bluejeans
  • Google Hangouts Meet
  • BlueButton -> open source.
  • RIOT.IM -> Built on Matrix protocol, new standard for decentralised communication.
  • Discord -> Voice and text chat, also used for group work

Chat messaging

Proprietary

Screen recording

Proprietary

  • Panopto -> recording, live streaming, sharing and managing videos
  • Loom -> capturing with or without a camera
  • Quicktime Player


FLOSS

For converting and compressing video/audio files

Drawing/mapping

FLOSS


Using very very basic code you can create a mind map.
digraph G {
"Welcome" -> "To"
"To" -> "Web"
"To" -> "GraphViz!"
}

You can edit the code that appears in the field to make a mind map. Change Welcome to your name, click on generate graph and see the change. If you wanted to add a new connection, you could try the following:

digraph G {
"My Name" -> "To"
"To" -> "Web"
"To" -> "GraphViz!"
"Another Name" -> "My Name"
}

Proprietary

Process diary/web design

FLOSS


File sharing

FLOSS


Proprietary

Audio transcription software

Proprietary

Audio streaming

FLOSS


Proprietary

Video streaming

Proprietary

Increase your video length limit. By default, you can upload videos that are up to 15 minutes long. Verified accounts can upload videos longer than 15 minutes.

To verify your Google Account:

1. On a computer, go to https://www.youtube.com/verify.

2. Follow the steps to verify your Google Account. You can choose to get a verification code through a text message on a mobile device or an automated voice call.

3. Make sure you're using an up-to-date version of your browser to upload files greater than 20GB.

Maximum upload size

The maximum file size you can upload is 128GB or 12 hours, whichever is less. We've changed the limits on uploads in the past, so you may see older videos that are longer than 12 hours.

Game/interaction design tools

FLOSS List of resources

Social Media

Useful groups

Thread:
Question: I'm interested in how anyone is handling social practice or socially engaged curriculums online. I am teaching an Art and Activism course and my students have just had a few community meetings and started designing a community mural at a homeless shelter near campus. Since we more than likely can't continue how do I keep them engaged with the original intention? I'm considering an at-home creative placemaking project...

Answer: Asset mapping research about the community is a good remote project

Answer: There might be some projects in the Living as Form archive that model how social practice can happen in disembodied or virtual contexts: http://creativetime.org/.../2011/livingasform/about.htm

Answer: I'm not sure how much longer you'll be working with these students, but I would recommend discussions with them about what they've done so far, and what would make that project more socially engaged and have more impact outside of the shelter context. Have them do proposals for public art projects - perhaps online ones now - that would offer the sheltered population more strategies for not "othering" the shelterless. Have them come up with proposals for other urgent issues - strategies for reimagining the panic of this time, how to make the movement to provide mutual aid more visible to those in the mainstream, how to cope with the huge shift in society that is happening and turn it into something that is life-enhancing rather than growing fear. I've been teaching socially engaged art and social practice for about 40 years, so I'm glad to hear that you're facilitating work of this kind.

Answer: There have been hackathons to help do medical work to fight COVID. 3d printing PPE or doing research. Home/houseless are especially vulnerable would be good to help find protocols and other ways to help. Food and blood banks are low too. So many opportunities to do good!
Answer: Many of us are currently engaged in a very large socially engaged project related to flattening the curve- what can your students learn in this moment related to physical distance and finding ways to move thru solitude? What are ways to stay connected? Student could do writings, skypes, drawings, meditation. What does it mean when we as a ”body” slow down in a conscious effort to care for each other.

Answer: Perhaps something concerning the 2020 census or inventory of objects in your immediate environment?

Answer: I highly recommend leading breathing meditations with students via ZOOM. We did a check-in yesterday in both classes (Body Image and Art and Art in a Time of War). While the levels of anxiety varied, all the students were dealing with something (the fragility of their economic situations, fears about not graduating, family and other health stresses). I gave them two 4-minute drawing prompts: draw the feeling of uncertainty that you're experiencing , draw a positive resolution of that uncertainty. Their images were moving and healing for them to do.

Thread:
Question: Curious to learn how you're approaching your Community and Social Practice classes in the age of social distancing...

Answer: Great question. Maybe start with something actionable and basic. I was wondering if we could do something as basic as organizing people to help make masks, I see a lot hospitals and health workers asking for this. Can we organize our two classes to collaborate on this? We have 4 sewing machines in art education area. Maybe a plan to see who can send fabric and thread and who has a sewing machine etc. Who can contact local hospitals and clinics to see if they want and need masks and how many? Etc. I can be available to help. I am planning to send out a message to art ed students. Masks can also have power messages on them.

Answer: The next assignment for my class is to have them write a physical love letter that they can post from their windows, or post on the street. A love letter to whom ever, or whatever they want. It feels to me that we need to be reminded of love we can share and the support we can give at this time.

Answer: There are several threads here that have addressed this topic. Several of us are asking students to create work for windows, doors, front stoops and porches, balconies, etc. with themes of interconnection, love as contagion, loneliness, how to overcome panic, how to sit with uncertainty, how to prevent the rise in authoritarianism, racism, xenophobia, how to be antidotes to fear. They can work with found objects, things in the recycle bin, etc. I'm having the students create masks to prevent face recognition in surveillance systems and masks to radiate love to others. They will also make altars to heal the trauma of this time and put them in their front yards or in their hallways. In my cultural identity class they will make work about their cultural heritage and what their ancestors are teaching them right now about resilience, adaptability and courage. They will also make work to overcome fear of difference and reimagine future generations without white supremacy, patriarchy, and the violence born of oppressive systems. Check in's each time we meet online.

Answer: Not sure what you are after, but there's always important discussions to hold, discussions around: intentions of SEA, effects of SEA, ethics, different working methodologies. This past week, as a SEArtist I've been thinking a lot about the meaning of "social solidarity". All of a sudden everyone is talking about it, which is beautiful, but up to a few days ago no one really bothered about this (at least that's my perspective of society around me) - don't get me wrong, I'm not undermining anyone/anything. As a SEArtist I feel that social solidarity can be practised in such an easy manner, in 'normal' life situations - it just takes some sensitivity. So the days we're currently living have made me feel the urgency to define the term "social solidarity".

Twitter Hashtags

  • #onlineteaching

Online Archives and Libraries

Virtual museum/gallery tours

Online libraries

Other resources


Inspirational Films, Art, Performance and Literature

Films and performances shot from one's home/ bedroom / hotel room

  • Ahmet Öğüt presents a selection of his favourite video art works made entirely in domestic sphere [1]
  • The sun is most important, Magada Starska, 2011 [2]
  • MOTHERTIME, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, 2018 [3]
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, Chantal Akerman, 1976 [4]
  • THIS IS NOT A FILM, Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, 2011
  • Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock, 1954
  • Hush! Viktor Kossakovsky, 2002
  • UNREST, Jennifer Brea 2017 (now streaming on Netflix!)
  • Je, tu, il, elle, Chantal Akerman, 1974
  • La chamber, Chantal Akerman, 1972
  • Portrait d'une Paresseuse, Chantal Akerman, 1986
  • Searching, Aneesh Chaganty, 2018
  • Noah, Walter Woodman, 2013
  • Hotel Diaries, John Smith, 2001-2007
  • Semiotics of the Kitchen, Martha Rosler, 1975[5]
  • Hotel Diaries, John Smith, 2001-2007 [6]
  • Fenstergucker, Abfall etc - People Looking Out Of the Window, Trash etc., Kurt Kren, 1962 [7]
  • Practically all films by Amsterdam-based Super 8 filmmaker Jaap Pieters, nicknamed "The eye of Amsterdam"[8]
  • Gob Squad – Room Service (Help Me Make It Through The Night) [9]
 film collections

Other works

 literature

 Diaries

  • The Cloud Sailor Diary: Shanghai Life in the Time of Coronavirus

https://networkcultures.org/longform/2020/03/19/the-cloud-sailor-diary-shanghai-life-in-the-time-of-coronavirus
blog by Tsukino T. Usagi

  • Stay Home Diary by Bitter Melon Poetry

https://bittermelon.weebly.com/stay-home-diary
"We invite Asian writers, artists & zinemakers around the world to submit short diary entries to STAY HOME DIARY, an online collective archive being updated every day:"

  • lestweforget /wuhan2019

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/world/asia/coronavirus-china-fang-fang-author.html She Kept a Diary of China’s Epidemic. Now She Faces a Political Storm.
“If authors have any responsibilities in the face of disaster, the greatest of them is to bear witness.” Here are excerpts from the author Fang Fang’s controversial chronicle of life and death in Wuhan.

 open calls

  • Covid-19: The UN Issues Global Call to Creatives for First Time Ever

An open brief has been launched by the United Nations in a bid to generate localised messaging around Covid-19, writes Addison Capper [10]

A Zine of art made during the current COVID-19 lockdown, published online, every month, until "the end" of this current emergency.
Whilst Gaada has suspended all face-to-face workshops, this zine serves as a project to maintain contact with our core group of users, but we also wanted to extend the opportunity to anyone currently in self-isolation.

Whilst the services everywhere feel the strain, this zine will be published digitally, with a printed version published in the future to celebrate 'the end' of this current period.

Submissions
Anyone currently in self-isolation are welcome to submit some art + this can include drawings, text, photographs etc … made during your period of isolation.
We hope contributing helps keep your spirits up!

Rotterdam and Dutch-based Resources

 General Help Resources

Meldpunt schade coronacrisis

  • ("notification point for damages caused by the corona crisis"), for cultural workers/producers in the Netherlands:


Meldpunt Kunstenbond

  • database where art/design/culture freelancers can enter cancelled commissions

(Kunstenbond/Arts Federation is a lobby organization for fair payment and fair practices in the Dutch cultural sector: "Whether you are a dancer, designer, sculptor, app builder, lighting technician, production manager, art teacher, musician, photographer, animator or any other support function for creators. The Kunstenbond is there for all creatives and supporters of creatives in the Netherlands who share a passion for making. The passion is fine, but what about the dough? An honest income for all creators, that sounds logical but is unfortunately not the reality. That has to change.") https://kunstenbond.nl
Cultuur en Corona

  • similar survey created by Boekmanstichting (Dutch cultural policy non-profit organization):


Gevolgen coronavirus amateurkunst

  • Consequences of the coronavirus for amateur arts - online survey by Stichting Amateurkunst (Dutch non-profit organization for amateur arts):


Letter of the Dutch minister of culture, education and science

  • on the consequences of the corona crisis for the sector:


Dutch left-wing oppositional parties (Social Democrats, Greens, Socialists) demand emergency funds for artists

Financial help for freelancers in the corona crisis

  • By the municipality of Rotterdam. Includes PDF form for requesting financial help:

 Financial Aid / Worker’s rights

Regional Office of Self-employment

  • (RBZ)'s scheme for offering living allowance (social assistance):

Very helpful scheme for the self-employed facing financial hardship.
This might apply to you.
(There is an application process involved.)

Dutch government's new economic measures for the current times of crisis

  • You might very well be eligible. Look closely if you are facing hardship. Useful. It includes extra support for entrepreneurs, deferral of taxes and reduction of fines, etc:

Worker's rights in the Netherlands during Corona

  • Put out by Vloerwerk. Contains what rights you have as a worker. Covers permanent, part-time and zero percentage contracts. Also freelancers. Provides some English translation of the documents. Provides links to services (available in multiple languages).

Financial help for freelancers in the corona crisis

  • municipality of Rotterdam

includes PDF form for requesting financial help.

Guide & Resources for international students, artists & art workers in the Netherlands

  • prepared by Student Council Rietveld & Sandberg

With helpful information on the status of self-employed workers, zero-hour contracts and governmental financial aids available for freelancers, in English.

Can residence permit holders apply for the coronavirus support (“Tozo”) for ZZPers?

  • Attention all NL-based artists/freelancers who are non-EU residents. Here is a comprehensive & clear text (from my immigration lawyer) about your rights to corona-related governmental assistance.
    'The only safe answer, for the time being, is that it could be considered to be a violation of the requirement of Dutch immigration law that you are obliged at all times, as a non-EU citizen immigrant with a conditional right of stay in the Netherlands, to have sufficient, independently earned financial means to support yourself and your family without making use of public assistance'
  • Read more here and note that Jeremy has said he plans to be a definitive source of information on this, and will update the URL as new information comes up.

Coronavirus updates (Covid-19)

  • Special coverage of the legal impact of coronavirus in the Netherlands

Get insights and guidance about the latest legal news regarding the coronavirus and what it means for your rights under Dutch law.
GMW will continue to update this page with the latest developments as they occur. Please note that laws change, especially in such a challenging situation. Legal advice provided here is correct at the time of writing.

 Food

Voedselbanks / Foodbanks

  • Affordable food

Community-run foodback where they redistribute perfectly-fine products that corporate supermarkets are obliged to throw away. Foodbanks are open to everybody, and are much much cheaper. They give out free bread if you buy anything from them. You need to have cash.

They have three locations in Rotterdam (Noord, Oost, Zuid). The Noord one is just behind the central station: Jacob Loisstraat 24-30 3033 RE Rotterdam Open: Ma-Za 10:00 – 22:00 & Zo 14:00-20:00

Rotterdam food co-op BioBulkBende

  • The only (currently) volunteer-run food co-op in Rotterdam who order food once a month in bulk as a vereniging.
    Usually have an open day every first Monday of the month, but not anymore until further notice.
    Is currently located on Almondestraat 157.

The Barricade – Utrecht

  • ACU has changed from a cultural-political centre, to a solidarity kitchen that hands out free take-away meals. It’s open 7 days a week and provides people who need food and have less access to it with a decent evening meal.

 Housing 

Woonbond

  • ("Housing Federation"), Dutch lobby and support non-profit for people who live in rented apartments.

Rent waivers granted to the big national museums (but not to...)

Puntentelling woningen

  • Online tool for calculating how much rent you should be paying in The Netherlands.

Bondprecaire Woonvormen

  • Housing advocacy group

https://www.iamexpat.nl/housing/real-estate-news/government-rules-tenants-cannot-be-evicted-during-corona-crisis

  • Government rules that tenants cannot be evicted during corona crisis

The Minister for Housing in the Netherlands has come to an agreement with landlords that tenants should not be evicted due to problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Dutch and English-speaking BPW standard letter to apply for rent reduction.

https://bondprecairewoonvormen.nl/2020/04/voorstel-voor-huurverlaging-standaardbrief/ Bondprecaire has a standard letter for applying for rent reduction. " Given the precarious situation in which there is already a significant part of the tenants of living spaces. Assuming that this situation will deteriorate rather than improve in the coming period. Request the government as an emergency measure to allow a temporary rental stop for both the social sector and the free sector "

 Self-organisation

Cultural Workers Unite

  • Initiative addressing and fighting precarity in Rotterdam's cultural sector

https://culturalworkersunite.typeform.com/to/oJRCRB?fbclid=IwAR3RXSx9jPS-rVHKSi5QripltKLW0Jr-a0LadHvtg-PCkpqXX-ffFl5J5uk

Rotterdam zet door ("Rotterdam persists")

  • Website created by Rotterdam Partners (Rotterdam city marketing) for shops, services and cultural/arts events available in Rotterdam during the Coronacrisis:

(Helpful if you want to spread news about your own online events and special activities)

Digital Solidarity Networks

  • a shared listing of tools, practices and readings for practices of digital solidarity and conviviality

Buurtwerk ("Neighborhood Works")

  • Overview of social work/aid teams in Rotterdam's districts

[https://www.facebook.com/groups/charloishelpelkaar/ Charlois Help Elkaar

  • A mutual aid group for inhabitans of Charlois.

A form to request help:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQUu_BZvG9OqbrDhVxQxE68i3KvR5suvnqDZz4Q5UR9za6Og/viewform
A form to offer help: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfKZMJnuaXPFG6J-XqeRGCsypa2pViFfaeYwLnMJCffkhCrnA/viewform

Delfshaven helpt

  • Neighborhood help in Rotterdam's Delfshaven district for people affected by the crisis

 Debates

Mapping Precarity of Cultural workers in Rotterdam

  • Survey: "Do you work, or have worked with or within institutions for arts, design, theater, music, performance, film, dance, a library, a museum or a festival? Are you low-paid, over-worked, a freelancer, on a zero hour contract, an intern, a volunteer, without pension or little job security?
  • With the Covid-19 outbreak it has become even more evident that the Cultural sector in Rotterdam depends too highly on precarious workers.
  • Through filling out the following anonymous form we hope to collect stories to map the extent of this problem, historically as well as within the context of Covid-19, so we might begin to foster more worker-led solidarity and formulate collective demands.
  • We’re uniting to hold both the municipality & the institutions accountable for the improvement & implementation of the ‘Fair Practice Code’.
  • We believe your voice should be heard!"

Cultuur en solidariteit in tijden van Corona

  • (Culture and Solidarity in the Times of Corona)

Het Nieuwe Instituut
with Jelena Barišić, Hasna El Maroudi, Sheree Lenting, Tarona Leonora en Derek Otte.

Cultural Workers Shouldn't Pay for the COVID-19 Pandemic in NL

Social Impact

 Pandemic Art
  • Face Masks Hold Fish Tanks and Overgrown Patches of Botanics in Surreal Illustrations by Kit Layfield

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/07/kit-layfield-mask-illustrations

  • The Endless Doomscroller by Ben Grosser

https://endlessdoomscroller.com/
As an alternative interface, The Endless Doomscroller acts as a lens on our software-enabled collective descent into despair.

 Colombia: Armed Groups’ Brutal Covid-19 Measures

Since the arrival of the novel coronavirus to Colombia, armed groups in several parts of the country have imposed curfews, lockdowns, and other measures to prevent the spread of the virus. To enforce their rules, the groups have threatened, killed, and attacked people they perceive are failing to comply.

 Covid-19 and Border Politics

This briefing takes a look at the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for refugees and migrants, and its anticipated influence on the border security and control market. What are the direct effects on migrants and refugees who are already living in vulnerable situations? What does it mean for people crossing international borders, seeking asylum, and transiting the deadly and treacherous migrant routes across regions, continents and seas? And how are they affected by government responses to the outbreak?

 Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force

It is clear that the harm caused by COVID-19 has not been equitable. We, as leaders of major cities across the globe, are clear that our ambition should not be a return to ‘normal’ – our goal is to build a better, more sustainable, more resilient and fairer society out of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

 Living, working and COVID-19: First findings

To capture the immediate economic and social effects of this crisis, Eurofound launched a large-scale online survey across the European Union and beyond on 9 April. Entitled Living, working and COVID-19, the aim of the survey is to investigate the impact on well-being, work and telework and on the financial situation of people living in Europe. It includes a range of questions relevant to people across various age groups and life situations.

 Mutual Aid Actions and Initiatives

By no means comprehensive. This section is intended as a survey of mutual aid practices emerging from COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Including case studies outside of North American / European sphere.

THEORY

  • Mutual aid: “When the system fails, the people show up”

https://roarmag.org/essays/mutual-aid-when-the-system-fails-the-people-show-up/

  • Petr Kropotkin, Mutual Aid a Factor of Evolution

https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/petr-kropotkin-mutual-aid-a-factor-of-evolution

  • Lessons from the pandemic for the municipalists in Spain

https://roarmag.org/essays/lessons-from-the-pandemic-for-the-municipalists-in-spain/

  • Mutual aid is sweeping the world.

https://thecorrespondent.com/504/mutual-aid-is-sweeping-the-world-heres-how-we-make-this-anarchist-way-of-organising-last
Here’s how we make this anarchist way of organising last

  • We can build a better food system through mutual aid

https://civileats.com/2020/06/26/op-ed-we-can-build-a-better-food-system-through-mutual-aid/?fbclid=IwAR3YygxHdduAFT1HIAoakHIvmtDGBTS-r6zDimRPolwccwt8DO5F6bnzBUs

INTERNATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORKS

  • Mutual aid and the rebuilding of Chinese society

https://lausan.hk/2020/mutual-aid-and-the-rebuilding-of-chinese-society-part-1/
A report on different mutual aid initiatives in China.

  • Useful Mutual-Aid Projects in Response to COVID-19: Experiences from Chinese Volunteers

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kWBo8ff5UNz5ROWH1J1wRLA2N-WnN2JFZXmiO9ji5a8/
Dear Friends, Over these months, we have received so much help from the other parts of the world, and we sincerely appreciated the generosity that has been offered to us. We have grown and have been learning a lot from this crisis. We are all connected, we have all been there before, and we absolutely understand your fear and your suffering at this moment... Therefore we would like to share with you some of the lessons we have learned. We share the world. We shall meet in a place where there is no darkness anymore. 3/30/2020

  • Ginkgo Fellows in COVID-19 Relief Action International Relief Team

https://covid-19.ginkgofoundation.org/
As the COVID-19 outbreak aggravates and pivots globally, the Ginkgo Fellows in COVID-19 Relief Action established a COVID-19 International Relief Team on March 10th, 2020, aiming to share experience and provide some guidelines for non-governmental responses towards COVID-19 in China. First-hand experience in addressing the shortage of medical supplies and meeting the basic needs of people in the lockdown are summarized into the Practical Advice on COVID-19, translated into 7 languages to enhance international communication, and passed onto professional organizations in countries affected by or at risk of COVID-19 to support their local response.

  • The People’s Solidarity Brigades

https://www.brigades.info The People’s Solidarity Brigades
The People’s Solidarity Brigades is a network of self-initiated mutual aid groups acting for self-defence by the people for the people. We operate all over the world. The Brigades started when the COVID-19 pandemic hit us all.
There are currently over 50 brigades federate action groups all over the world.

  • Cape Town Together

Cape Town Together is bringing together Community Action Networks or CANS as a rapid community response to COVID-19. We are bringing together professionals working in public health with koeksister auntie's, soccer coaches, teachers, artists and it's growing every day! Some of have worked in outbreak situations before. Others are excellent organisers or amazing carers. We can all share our skills. Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CapeTownTogether

  • COVID Seattle-Area Emergency Food Resources Map

During COVID-19, there are resources across Seattle to provide emergency food. Food banks offer supplemental groceries. Seattle Public Schools and other food programs offer to-go meals.
https://public.tableau.com/profile/city.of.seattle.human.services#!/vizhome/Covid-19Seattle-AreaEmergencyFoodResources/COVIDEmergencyFood

  • Westside Friends

Westside Friends in LA which runs on a block captain model and has >500 volunteers involved at this point. They've also created a shareable toolkit for others to implement the same model.
Source: https://www.westsidefriends.com/resources

  • COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network LA

Comprised of different grassroots organizations, movements, organizers, and volunteers who are committed to organizing material support in the LA community. Providing grocery and supply deliveries, as well as community support services.
Source: https://www.mutualaidla.org/english

  • Kadıköy Solidarity Network

Based in Istanbul, the Kadıköy Solidarity Network has been created with the aim of promoting solidarity and bringing the community of Kadıköy together during this time of uncertainty. This network has responded to the urgent needs of local health workers by handcrafting face masks and face shields which they have donated to hospitals. Members of this network also assist elderly and vulnerable neighbors by ensuring that they have essential items in their homes, including groceries and medicine. Source: https://sdgactionawards.org/2020/07/11/kadikoy-solidarity-network-promotes-solidarity/

  • C19 People’s Coalition

The C19 People’s Coalition is committed to ensuring that the South African response to the COVID-19 virus is effective, just, equitable, and meets the needs of the most marginal in our unequal country. We are an alliance of social movements, trade unions, community organisations and NGOs united by the Programme of Action we’ve all endorsed. We are in the processes of setting up democratic coordinating structures and activists working groups. Source: https://c19peoplescoalition.org.za/about-us/


FOOD PREPARATION, FOOD AND OTHER DELIVERIES

  • Oakland farmers band together to help feed frontline protesters amid demonstrations

https://www.sfgate.com/food/slideshow/Oakland-based-farms-help-feed-frontline-203265.php

  • Organising A Solidarity Kitchen: Reflections From Cooperation Birmingham

https://www.weareplanc.org/blog/organising-a-solidarity-kitchen-reflections-from-cooperation-birmingham/

  • McDonald’s takeover

https://www.leftvoice.org/workers-in-france-take-over-mcdonalds-to-distribute-food?fbclid=IwAR097U78rIcKcBhytbmjSH5FjXismV79pjA3xnld2B7I8XZITjMcslOxiA4
French workers took over a McDonald's restaurant in Marseille and turned it into a solidarity platform to distribute food aid for those who are in need during the #coronavirus pandemic

  • Giving Food to Truck Drivers

https://www.prensalibre.com/vida/que-bueno-es-mi-pais-sec_vida/traileros-recibieron-una-sorpresa-al-pasar-por-el-puente-el-incienso-ultima-hora
People in Guatemala are giving food to truck drivers who do not have places to eat while moving cargo, since the restaurants are closed:

  • Employees of HCM City company provide free rice to disadvantaged people

https://vietnamnews.vn/society/674873/employees-of-hcm-city-company-provide-free-rice-to-disadvantaged-people.html
A free rice 'ATM' in Vietnam

  • People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action

In Metro Manila, Philippines, Pagasa (People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action) is feeding families of low-wage daily workers for P700/week with their survival pack. The group buys fresh vegetables from local farmers, too, and helps give them a living.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/pagasaFB/?hc_location=ufi

  • ACORN Brighton - Union for the community

ACORN is a renters union that added mutual aid and call outs for volunteers. People are helping isolated people with shopping and getting medicine. They're also organising volunteers for a community kitchen, making and delivering hot meals and food parcels. There are mutual aid groups popping up all over Britain
Source: https://acorntheunion.org.uk/corona/

  • Keju Kitchen / Keju Cares

Offering free meals and grocery packages for those in Rotterdam North, every Tuesday and Friday from 18.00-21.00 on Almondestraat in Rotterdam as long as the Corona measures are in effect. Currently delivering care-packages for the elderly.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/KejuKitchen/

  • Toronto Public Library

"The discussions to turn libraries into food banks happened a day or so after the decision to close the branches. We see libraries as community hubs and librarians as public servants… Almost right away, we decided to redirect our resources to help with this critical need. We have 100 buildings in neighbourhoods all across the city. We realized, “Okay, we can do this.” The library handles materials all the time. We do plenty of packing and unpacking. We work with communities. It just made sense."
Source: https://torontolife.com/city/we-can-pack-850-food-hampers-in-two-hours-how-the-toronto-public-library-turned-its-branches-into-food-banks

  • The People’s Pantry Toronto

We are a volunteer initiative dedicated to safely providing and delivering cooked meals and grocery packages to folks who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These communities include low-income and working class families, QT/BIPOC (queer and trans, Black and Indigenous People of Colour), precariously-housed folks, those living with illness or disabilities, and the elderly. COVID-19 has led to the loss of income, an inability to pay rent, insecure housing, evictions, and excessive hoarding at grocery stores across the GTA, making it difficult for many to access basic food items, toiletries, and more.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/675649626532144/about

GROWING FOOD

  • Experimental Farm Network

Nate Kleinman of the Experimental Farm Network in south NJ has initiated Co-op Gardens (renamed from the initial "Corona Victory Gardens") to network people across the country to develop new or expand existing home, community, and school gardens to help meet the oncoming wave of food insecurity due to the inevitable economic depression. There are now several hundred of us across the country doing multiple weekly conference calls, collaborating in google groups and reaching out to all sorts of organizations and people seeking resources and helpers.
Source: https://coopgardens.org/

FINANCIAL AID

  • GNO Caring Collective

A fundraising effort for providing rental support for those workers who lost their income and don't fit into the categories that received government support, and who also may not have the financial paperwork or employer references that are required by other organizations to receive financial assistance to pay rent. Source: https://www.gofundme.com/f/new-orleans-covid19-rent-aid-for-the-underserved

  • Bowdoin Labor Alliance

This student-led mutual aid network fundraises and provides grants of up to $400 for students and community members facing financial hardship as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. They welcome assistance with any daily costs of living and unexpected expenses: rent, car payments, groceries, heating oil, surprise medical costs, etc. As requests are funded by donors, student leaders distribute funds from an account at a local credit union to applicants via check, direct transfer, etc. Application done using an online form, with name, address, amount and reason for request. Crowdfunding page setup for each applicant. People make donations to individuals.
Source: https://bowdoinlaboralliance.nationbuilder.com/mutual_aid

PROTECTIVE GEAR / HYGIENE

  • Worker-Occupied Factory Sends Soap to Refugee Camp – Coronavirus in Greece

https://unicornriot.ninja/2020/worker-occupied-factory-sends-soap-to-refugee-camp-coronavirus-in-greece-part-2/

  • Open Source Designs for Face Shields

The UP College of Fine Arts’ Fablab in Manila and their FabShields program together with the Acacia dormitory have been providing open source designs for face shields while helping provide parts and donations to other 3D printers in the city.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/upcfafablab/

  • Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club

Designer Kendi Maristela, together with the Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club and The Open Source Medical Supplies medical team has created an open source design after reverse engineering a PPE. The design, which people can download from the link above, can be used to create one’s own PPE or manufacture them for donations. The Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club has so far donated their output to different organizations, including ones working with the Office of the Vice President.
Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/manilaprotectivegearsewingclub/?fref=mentions
Link to designs: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1n9hIGMPqrZdRzyEzaCsa1U9l5-oEOtWq?fbclid=IwAR0eiiZCWveYocQnQ8ruFJVoAw0LTpE0EF8-29PtrZEyFYRk9TLMXpzfTs8

  • Mondkapjes Maken!

An initiative in Amsterdam of many volunteers sewing mouth masks for health care workers. Source: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-mondkapjes-maken Link to patterns: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-cWT9Rat3aehPwXVfB11IezL4ngFHO40

  • Manteros Mutual Aid

"Barcelona’s street vendors (manteros in Spanish, or manters in Catalan), most of whom come from sub-Saharan Africa, face a particularly uncertain future as the government-imposed lockdown forbids non-essential economic activity. They have long expressed concerns about discriminatory identity checks and disproportionate use of force by police and public transport security and xenophobic attitudes from the public.

No longer allowed to sell their wares, some street vendors have joined forces with a local clothing company to sew masks and aprons for health workers whose supplies are running low. They are using the initiative to raise awareness of the situation of manteros who have no way of earning their usual living, and to collect money for a food bank set up to provide essential supplies to members of their community whose already precarious income has been reduced to nothing."
Source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/04/02/barcelonas-show-solidarity-time-covid-19

  • Rosehip Medic Collective

Portland Activists configure recipe for homemade hand sanitizer and distribute for free.
Source: http://www.rosehipmedics.org/pandemic-response/

 Rent Strikes, Rental Freezes,  Mortgage Freezes and Eviction bans around the world 

  • COVID-19 Emergency Tenant Protections & Rent Strikes

https://antievictionmappingproject.github.io/covid-19-map/
A global map of Emergency Tenant Protections and Rental actions.

  • LOS ANGELES

https://docs.google.com/document/d/165eYVkW13yzrES7q5ZZaWVFSLFYqYnP2RBzhyQSRIWM/edit?fbclid=IwAR2ZvOpp5keozR116hhabqqDNGwACISVBg_nuQ8CP3mrh9Bpf2H8fqicIwo
Food no rent. A rent forgiveness guide for those who cannot afford to pay their rent during COVID-19.
Los Angeles Tenants Union

  • OAKLAND

https://postnewsgroup.com/2020/05/07/tenants-of-one-of-oaklands-biggest-evictors-are-organizing
Tenants of one of Oakland's biggest evictors are organizing
Tenants who rent from Sullivan Management Company (SMC) East Bay, have founded the SMC Tenants Council, unifying to make collective demands including that the company cancel debt of back rent that’s owed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.berkeleyside.com/2020/05/08/oakland-tenants-go-on-strike-to-protest-high-rents-and-construction-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
About 250 Oakland tenants have announced a rent strike against Oakland landlords. Some renters allege their landlords are harassing them with construction and requests to enter their homes.

  • MINNESOTA

https://minnesotareformer.com/2020/04/09/with-no-money-or-jobs-renters-refuse-to-pay/

  • ITHACA

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ithaca-new-york-cancel-rent-debt_n_5eda836fc5b66811f775e3a4
Ithaca Could Be The First U.S. City To Move Forward On Canceling Rent

  • FRANCE

https://www.loyersuspendu.org/
POUR UN MORATOIRE DES LOYERS, NOUS SUSPENDONS NOTRE LOYER ! / For a moratorium on rent, we suspend our rent!

  • SPAIN

https://suspensionalquileres.org/?fbclid=IwAR3gB7NUyuHHojmqJXlA5rKRUeCwWTs3dRc8GKXJAVDRFnd-Rv3EXci7PpA
Somos miles de inquilinos e inquilinas a quienes esta crisis está dejando sin ingresos. No podemos pagar el alquiler de la casa donde vivimos o del comercio u oficina en la que trabajamos / We are thousands of rentors who are in this crisis that leaves us without income. We cannot pay the rent in the homes where we live, businesses or offices where we work.

  • NYC

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/righttocounselnyc/pages/100/attachments/original/1585739362/RTCNYC.COVID19.4.pdf?1585739362&fbclid=IwAR2PXE7JnzMxffOglp4lVN97pezB8-ZfCqmBpxkhK6D-xlJ0IxqiHtN7-TU
Going on rent strike in New York during COVID-19. Guide & resources.

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/mayday-cantpay
May Day: Can't Pay!: The Action Network

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/25/coronavirus-rent-strike-may/
With Millions Unable to Pay for Housing Next Month, Organizers Plan the Largest Rent Strike in Nearly a Century

  • QUEBEC

http://libcom.org/library/why-how-go-rent-strike
A brief guide to rent strikes, first published by the Quebec site grevedesloyers.info, and republished by Montreal Counter-Info and It's Going Down. This guide was created for people in Quebec, but much of the information will be applicable elsewhere.

  • AUSTRALIA

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/the-signal/housing-crisis/12101386
Hundreds of thousands of Australians were inching closer to eviction, until last night. A new six month moratorium will keep a roof over their heads for the time being, but there's no promise of direct rental relief.

  • SCOTLAND

https://www.livingrent.org/covid_19_faqs
The Scottish Government has (finally) moved to ban all evictions following on from a successful campaign from Living Rent. The Scottish Government have promised that it will mean that no one is losing their home because of the pandemic. The legislation banning evictions will be in place for 6 months from April 1st (so at least until the end of September) and can be extended in 2 month blocks depending on the crisis. It applies to all tenants in Scotland in the private and social sectors.

  • UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/15/hundreds-of-students-in-uk-sign-up-to-rent-strike
Hundreds of students in UK sign up to rent strike
Students protest about being trapped in accommodation due to coronavirus

  • LONDON

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rent-strike-student-coronavirus-lockdown-housing-crisis-a9493936.html
‘This is about survival’: The students and tenants going on rent strike during coronavirus lockdown

  • BRISTOL

https://epigram.org.uk/2020/03/31/rent-strike-called-against-digs-amid-coronavirus-fears/
Digs tenants go on rent strike amid coronavirus financial fears

  • GERMANY

https://www.bmgev.de/mietrecht/corona-mietzahlung
Corona und die Mietzahlung / Corina and rental payment
Am 1. April 2020 ist das Gesetz zur Abmilderung der Folgen der COVID-19-Pandemie im Zivil-, Insolvenz- und Strafverfahrensrecht in Kraft getreten. Ziel dieses Gesetzes ist es u.a. Mieter/innen, die infolge der Pandemie in Zahlungsschwierigkeiten geraten sind, vor einer Kündigung des Mietverhältnisses und damit vor dem Verlust ihrer Wohnung zu schützen. Nachstehend finden Sie die wichtigsten Informationen zu diesem Gesetz:

On April 1, 2020, the law to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in civil, bankruptcy and criminal procedure law came into force. The aim of this law is among others, to protect tenants who have encountered payment difficulties as a result of the pandemic from eviction. The document lists key information about the law.

  • VANCOUVER

https://rentstrikevan.ca/
Rent Strike Vancouver. Keep Your Rent May 1st!

  • TORONTO

https://twitter.com/KeepYourRent/status/1260615162337378305
Today tenants from Mississauga, Scarborough, and Parkdale visited the mansions of their landlords George Grossman (CEO, Pinedale Properties) and Daniel Drimmer (CEO, Starlight).
Tenants demanded no evictions and rent forgiveness for tenants unable to pay rent during #COVID19

https://www.blogto.com/real-estate-toronto/2020/05/toronto-tenants-staged-protests-outside-mansions-their-landlord-over-rent/

  • NETHERLANDS

https://www.iamexpat.nl/housing/real-estate-news/government-rules-tenants-cannot-be-evicted-during-corona-crisis
The Minister for Housing in the Netherlands has come to an agreement with landlords that tenants should not be evicted due to problems arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

https://bondprecairewoonvormen.nl/2020/04/voorstel-voor-huurverlaging-standaardbrief/
Dutch and English-speaking BPW standard letter to apply for rent reduction.
" Given the precarious situation in which there is already a significant part of the tenants of living spaces. Assuming that this situation will deteriorate rather than improve in the coming period, Request the government as an emergency measure to allow a temporary rental stop for both the social sector and the free sector "

  • Supports, Strikes, and Student Revolt: On Housing Struggles in the Netherlands

https://www.bakonline.org/prospections/supports-strikes-and-student-revolt-on-housing-struggles-in-the-netherlands/
Here to Support, Amsterdam University College Rent Strike, Bond Precaire Woonvormen

  • Students renting a house from DUWO and Woonstichting De Key have started a rental strike.

https://bondprecairewoonvormen.nl/2020/06/studenten-duwo-en-de-key-starten-huurstaking-rent-strike-amsterdam
Students renting a home from DUWO, De Key and other housing associations are sounding the alarm. The pandemic exposes their precarious income and housing situation and threatens their right to housing.

  • The corona crisis is also a housing crisis. The risk group: young people

https://www.vn.nl/coronacrisis-wooncrisis-jongeren

  • AMSTERDAM

http://www.taak.me/activity/day-44-housing-the-home/
How much of your income can you set aside for your rent? What if, let’s say, a pandemic hits tomorrow and you have no source of income for the next half year, or longer? How would you handle things then?

  • CHICAGO

https://rpcrt.org/housing-utilities/
The City of Chicago has mandated a 30-day moratorium on evictions due to coronavirus closures and loss of income. They are also temporarily suspending debt collection, ticketing, and towing practices to provide debt relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • VENEZUELA

https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/venezuela-announces-6-month-rent-suspension-guarantees-workers-wages-bans-lay-offs<br. Speaking on a live televised address, President Nicolás Maduro instructed that all commercial and residential rent, as well as all capital and loan interest payments, are to be suspended for six months.

  • Rental & Mortgage Arrears - Guidance for Governments during COVID19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQo-yzjW7Nw&feature=emb_title&fbclid=IwAR323I1AnECA5fwTU6I5nCRPozPIC7qUV0TYGzIVxLVCr-XTsZAwaCNZYIU
A message from Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

  • UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing

http://unhousingrapp.org/press-room
COVID-19 Guidance Notes on protecting renters and mortgage payers, protecting those living in homelessness, and protecting residents of informal settlements

  • Coronavirus Calls for an Emergency Rent Freeze and Eviction Moratorium

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/03/coronavirus-housing-security-rent-freeze-eviction
Author: Peter Gowan

  • 15 Demands in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic

https://housingnotprofit.org/15-demands-in-the-face-of-the-covid-19-pandemic
Our experience as housing activists points out that: RAISING RENTS, CEASING UTILITIES due to default, NEGLECTING PEOPLE FROM MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES PLACED IN DEPRIVED AREAS, LEAVING PERSONS AND FAMILIES ON THEIR OWN WITH HIGH HOUSING-RELATED DEBTS OR PRIVATE RENTS THAT THEY CANNOT PAY IN THE EVENT OF LOSING THEIR JOBS, will increase people’s vulnerability to the virus, putting the whole society at risk.

 Pandemic Protests

  • Award-winning archaeologist gives detailed instructions on how to pull down Confederate obelisks as protesters topple racist statues in Birmingham and Nashville

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8376541/Archaeologist-gives-instructions-safely-pull-obelisks-George-Floyd-protests.html
University of Alabama at Birmingham archeologist Sarah Parcak tweeted instructions on how to safely topple an obelisk. Parcak even offered a rough, hand-drawn schematic and references that 'there might be' an obelisk in Birmingham's downtown.

  • Why Protest Tactics Spread Like Memes

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/style/viral-protest-videos.html
When items like umbrellas and leaf blowers are subverted into objects of resistance, they become very shareable.

  • Interface, 12(1): Organizing amidst COVID-19: Sharing Stories of Struggle (2020)

https://monoskop.org/images/f/fb/Interface_12_1_Organizing_amidst_COVID-19_2020.pdf

  • K-pop fans drown out #WhiteLivesMatter hashtag

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/whitelivesmatter/?hl=en

  • Socially distanced human chain to protest racism

https://www.dw.com/en/berliners-make-socially-distanced-human-chain-to-protest-racism/

  • Everyday Borders, Everyday Resistance

https://roarmag.org/magazine/everyday-borders-everyday-resistance/
Under COVID-19 emergency rule, the EU border regime creeps further into our daily lives, calling for everyday resistance through solidarity and mutual aid
Author: Anna Papoutsi

  • The New White House Fence Is Getting Covered In Protest Art

https://dcist.com/story/20/06/07/the-new-white-house-fence-is-getting-covered-in-protest-art

  • D.C. Mayor Bowser has 'Black Lives Matter' painted on street leading to White House

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/d-c-mayor-bowser-has-black-lives-matter-painted-street-n1225746

  • The power of crowds

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/jun/02/the-power-of-crowds

  • Tactics in a time of physical distancing: Examples from around the world

https://commonslibrary.org/tactics-in-a-time-of-physical-distancing-examples-from-around-the-world/

  • SERBIAN BALCONY PERFORMANCES

https://thetheatretimes.com/serbian-balcony-performances-in-times-of-covid-19-clapping-protesting-confrontation
HOW DID DIVERSE BALCONY PERFORMANCES EMERGE IN SERBIA DURING THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC AND HOW DID THEY BECOME A METAPHOR FOR A POLARIZED SOCIETY?

  • Manif.app

https://www.manif.app/wp/about/
You want to support a manifestation or a protest but you really cannot join it (you are sick, you are far away, you are under lockdown due to a worldwide virus, …) : the Manif.app web site allows you to participate by placing your avatar on a map at the location of the manifestation and thus display your support. Your avatar is visible publicly on the map, as well as all the other avatars.<br

  • 'Black Flag' protest at Rabin Square

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-over-a-thousand-israelis-brave-coronavirus-fears-to-protest-netanyahu-1.8781869
Two Thousand Israelis Brave Coronavirus Fears to Protest Assault on Democracy

  • The global pandemic has spawned new forms of activism – and they’re flourishing

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/20/the-global-pandemic-has-spawned-new-forms-of-activism-and-theyre-flourishing

  • SOS Moria

https://www.sosmoria.eu/
Appeal from European doctors: bring refugees on the Greek islands to safety.

  • DZIEWUCHY BERLIN

https://dziewuchyberlin.wordpress.com/2020/04/09/solidarity-action-no-to-abortion-ban-in-poland/
In Solidarity to Polish Women! No to Abortion Ban!

  • Hygiene Demos

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/z3bpgx/anti-vaxxers-gun-nuts-and-q-anon-germanys-bizarre-anti-lockdown-protests-are-uniting-the-fringe-right-and-left
Anti-Vaxxers, Gun Nuts, and QAnon: Germany’s Bizarre Anti-Lockdown Protests Are Uniting the Fringe Right and Left

  • Social movements in and beyond the COVID-19 crisis: sharing stories of struggles

https://www.interfacejournal.net/
We’re tired of hearing stories about the virus and the crisis that only feature governments and corporations, and where we only appear clapping or as corpses. So we’re asking activists around the world to share stories of what movements are doing where they are.

  • COVID-19 list of prisoner actions

https://perilouschronicle.com/covid-19-list-of-prisoner-actions/
Scroll down to see our current list of prisoner actions that have occurred in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The vast majority of these events involve prisoners acting in direct response to the epidemic, but we have also included events that occurred amidst the epidemic since we often do not know prisoners’ motivations.

  • CITIZENS TAKE OVER EUROPE

https://citizenstakeover.eu/
On the 9th of May we reclaim an open space to discuss current problems and co-develop solutions from a political, social and personal perspective. What are our concerns and our most urgent problems? What is the current meaning of crisis and what solutions can citizens propose and implement? How do we organize solidarity among Europeans and with the rest of the world?

  • The Agitprop of the Pandemic

https://crimethinc.com/
Posters, Stickers, and Graffiti from around the World

  • Rent Strike! Graphics Collection

https://justseeds.org/graphic/rent-strike-graphics-collection/

  • Impressive May Day for PAME in Syntagma in the middle of quarantine [images + video]

https://www.efsyn.gr/ellada/koinonia/241426_entyposiaki-protomagia-gia-pame-sto-syntagma-en-meso-karantinas-eikones

 Environmental Racism

  • How environmental racism is fuelling the coronavirus pandemic

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01453-y

 Agribusiness and Sustainable Solutions 

  • What are the causes of the coronavirus

https://cominsitu.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/what-are-the-causes-of-the-coronavirus/

  • Solidarity from Brandenburg farmers in times of corona

https://www.theleftberlin.com/post/solidarity-from-brandenburg-farmers-in-times-of-corona
Author: Julia Bar-Tal is an activist with AbL Brandenburg [AbL ist short for Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft, or working group for rural agriculture

  • Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world’s top scientists

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/27/halt-destruction-nature-worse-pandemics-top-scientists

 Economic models, economy, discussions on economy 

  • COVID-19The Front Line: Visualizing the Occupations with the Highest COVID-19 Risk

https://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-front-line-visualizing-the-occupations-with-the-highest-covid-19-risk

  • Life After COVID-19: Work. Democratize, Decommodify, Remediate

https://thewire.in/economy/covid-19-crisis-3000-researchers-600-universities-op-ed
In a joint op-ed, leading academics around the world say we need to heed the lessons of the coronavirus crisis and rewrite the rules of our economic systems in order to create a more democratic and sustainable society.

  • The Jobs at Risk Index (JARI)

https://autonomy.work/portfolio/jari/
The COVID-19 virus is spreading across the UK population through close human contact (e.g. via breath and touching shared surfaces). Those workers with jobs that bring them into close contact with others and/or those who regularly come into contact with diseases or infections are most at risk.

  • Tax Justice Network

https://www.taxjustice.net/2020/04/08/revealed-netherlands-blocking-eus-covid19-recovery-plan-has-cost-eu-countries-10bn-in-lost-corporate-tax-a-year/
Revealed: Netherlands, blocking EU’s Covid19 recovery plan, has cost EU countries $10bn in lost corporate tax a year

  • Amsterdam to embrace 'doughnut' model to mend post-coronavirus economy

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/08/amsterdam-doughnut-model-mend-post-coronavirus-economy

  • ILO: As job losses escalate, nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods

https://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_743036/lang--en/index.htm
The continued sharp decline in working hours globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak means that 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy – that is nearly half of the global workforce – stand in immediate danger of having their livelihoods destroyed, warns the International Labour Organization

  • Investing in Nature to Transform the Post COVID-19 Economy

https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/investing-nature-transform-post-covid-19-economy-10-point-action-plan-create-circular-bioeconomy-devoted-sustainable-wellbeing
A 10-point Action Plan to create a circular bioeconomy devoted to sustainable wellbeing


 Universal Basic Income
  • SPAIN

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-spain-universal-basic-income-europe-a9449336.html?fbclid=IwAR1_hKVxvt1qBWXigCbGh7nuEnJR8MEbc1DbgAEDsO6LObuGoXhI9R0VZLE
Coronavirus: Spain to become first country in Europe to roll out universal basic income

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/03/spain-rekindles-a-radical-idea-a-europe-wide-minimum-income
Spain rekindles a radical idea: a Europe-wide minimum income

 Labor Issues, Global Strikes, Social justice in the time of Social Distancing

  • From Fanon to ventilators: fighting for our right to breathe

https://roarmag.org/essays/from-fanon-to-ventilators-fighting-for-our-right-to-breathe/
To neoliberal states, the pandemic is a racialized security threat and a market opportunity. Our fight is for the right to breathe — in every sense.

  • Coronavirus: Mapping excessive use of force by law enforcement

https://omegaresearchfoundation.org/covid.php

  • Stepping into the Moment: The Corona-Crisis

https://organizingupgrade.com/stepping-into-the-moment-the-corona-crisis/
Author: Harmony Goldberg with Grassroots Policy Project

  • The People’s Solidarity Brigades

https://www.brigades.info
The People’s Solidarity Brigades is a network of self-initiated mutual aid groups acting for self-defence by the people for the people. We operate all over the world. The Brigades started when the COVID-19 pandemic hit us all.
There are currently over 50 brigades federate action groups all over the world.

  • AS AMAZON, WALMART, AND OTHERS PROFIT AMID CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, THEIR ESSENTIAL WORKERS PLAN UNPRECEDENTED STRIKE

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/28/coronavirus-may-1-strike-sickout-amazon-target-whole-foods/

  • Amazon workers hold wildcat strike demanding paid leave and safety measures

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/22/headlines/amazon_workers_hold_wildcat_strike_demanding_paid_leave_and_safety_measures

  • COVID-19 Strike Wave Interactive Map

https://paydayreport.com/covid-19-strike-wave-interactive-map/
Payday Report has launched an interactive strike tracking map so that workers can follow the wave of strikes hitting the country. Each point contains a link to more information on the strikes occurring.
So far, we’ve identified over 35 wildcat strikes that happened in the last month alone. (Several larger strikes like at Instacart and Whole Foods happened in multiple cities). We suspect many strikes aren’t reporting at all for a variety of reasons and that the numbers are higher than we can track.

  • Social Justice in a time of Social Distancing, Kenneth Bailey and Lori Lobenstine

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/53c7166ee4b0e7db2be69480/t/5e6900b6b689bb5bc5f5d474/1583939767600/Social+Justice+in+a+Time+of+Social+Distancing.pdf

  • International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle

https://antiimperialistweek.org/en/about/
The International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle emerges from people's movements, organizations, political organizations, and networks from across the globe that recognized that the peoples of the world must unite to confront our common enemies.
International Peoples’ Assembly / La Via Campesina Internacional / Peoples Dispatch / Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research / World March of Women and more...

  • Pandemic Dystopias: Biopolitical Emergency and Social Resistance

https://voidnetwork.gr/2020/04/04/pandemic-dystopias-biopolitical-emergency-and-social-resistance/
Authors: George Sotiropoulos & Gene Ray

  • No return to normal: for a post-pandemic liberation

https://roarmag.org/essays/no-return-to-normal-for-a-post-pandemic-liberation
Today, new forms of solidarity, mutual aid, and common struggle are emerging in the pandemic. How will they shape tomorrow’s struggles for a post-capitalist world?
Author: Max Haiven

  • The pandemic as political trial: the case for a global commons

https://roarmag.org/essays/dardot-laval-corona-pandemic/
The pandemic has demonstrated the bankruptcy of national sovereignty — the major threats to humanity are global in character, so mutual aid, cooperation and solidarity must be too.

  • In Light of the Global Pandemic, Focus Attention on the People

https://www.thetricontinental.org/declaration-covid19/
International Assembly of the Peoples and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

  • How to Beat Coronavirus Capitalism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lxwLHRKaB0&fbclid=IwAR0lLoRMP6gJKfahjVo0GUOHMCt8Y_ZprlW3EePAiQL5eRNonbhizMgcIJM
An online teach-in with Naomi Klein, Astra Taylor, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, with a musical performance by Lia Rose.

  • "Herd Immunity" is Epidemiological Neoliberalism

https://thequarantimes.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/herd-immunity-is-epidemiological-neoliberalism/
Author: Isabel Frey

 Feminist Response

  • Feminism, the Pandemic and what comes next

https://ctjournal.org/2020/04/21/feminism-the-pandemic-and-what-comes-next/

  • COVID-19 Crisis from a feminist perspective: overview of different articles published

https://wideplus.org/2020/03/26/covid-19-crisis-from-a-feminist-perspective-overview-of-different-articles-published/

  • Human Traces on the Surfaces of the World by Judith Butler

https://contactos.tome.press/human-traces-on-the-surfaces-of-the-world/ If we did not know before that we share the surfaces of the world, we do now. The surface that one person touches bears the trace of that person, hosts and transfers that trace, and affects the next person whose touch lands there.

  • COVID-19 Crisis from a feminist perspective: overview of different articles published

https://wideplus.org/2020/03/26/covid-19-crisis-from-a-feminist-perspective-overview-of-different-articles-published/

  • BUILDING A FEMINIST RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC

https://www.weareplanc.org/blog/building-a-feminist-response-to-the-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR3didLir7YK08qsv6v6uaAMTF-Unt4XBj_A4eT_QVd4nqkL45MxotfR4pQ
Social reproduction is what keeps us alive; capitalist production is what’s killing us

  • Asian American Feminist Bodies: Care in the Time of the Coronavirus

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/59f87d66914e6b2a2c51b657/t/5e7bbeef7811c16d3a8768eb/1585168132614/AAFCZine3_CareintheTimeofCoronavirus.pdf
It is a zine. It is great.

  • Helen Lewis, The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/03/feminism-womens-rights-coronavirus-covid19/608302/
Pandemics affect men and women differently.

  • Xenofeminist ways of building a world from scraps

https://strelkamag.com/en/article/xenofeminist-ways-of-building-a-world-from-scraps
author: Lesia Prokopenko

  • MADONNA VS BRITNEY

https://jacobinmag.com/2020/03/britney-spears-coronavirus-strike Comrade Britney, We Salute You
Britney Spears calls for a general strike, Western armchair socialists go wild. No actual on-the-ground communists I know of have commented on this affair. It's a fun read though.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/23/entertainment/madonna-coronavirus-video-intl-scli/index.html Coronavirus is 'the great equalizer,' Madonna tells fans from her bathtub
Madonna realizes that although she's famous, she's not immune to disease and famous people can die of COVID 19 too. She then takes a bath with rose petals.Video

 Contemporary Urbanism

  • Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19

https://youtu.be/dkZaXW0G3EE
The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19 xplores the coronavirus pandemic through a montage of images of spaces of different scales – from microscopic images of the virus to maps showing its impact on global travel patterns and pollution levels.

It documents dramatic transformations of the built environment, including conference centres being converted into temporary hospitals and empty city streets being reclaimed by wildlife, and explores how the pandemic is affecting different people in different economic situations around the world.

"[The film] interrogates territorial divides, the condition of migration and the making of refugeeness, old and new geometries of colonialism, tax justice, access to healthcare, racism and xenophobia, warfare rhetoric, surveillance, urban infrastructures, public spaces, and borders. But also; entanglement, cooperation, inventiveness, engagement, and emerging forms of togetherness."

  • Quarantinology

http://quarantinology.com/
What will cities look like in the aftermath of Covid-19? What does the stress test of mass quarantine reveal about emerging dynamics in contemporary urbanism, from the platformization of public space to the new communalism of the precariat? Quarantinology is one answer to this question: a catalog of logistical interventions that explores the history of the quarantined city and speculates about its future.

  • Social Distancing into the Food Market

https://www.dezeen.com/2020/04/03/shift-architecture-urbanism-designs-social-distancing-into-the-food-market/
Hyperlocal Micro Markets is a concept for a network of public markets, where customers can buy fruit and vegetables, dairy products, and meat and fish, without risking spread of coronavirus.

  • Sensor taps and no door handles

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/04/sensor-taps-door-handles-covid-19-rethink-public-toilets-bathroom-design
Public health experts, designers and architects say the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental flaws in the design of public toilets that risk spreading a second wave of coronavirus, and possibly even new pandemics.

  • Vilnius Airport becomes drive-in cinema as virus halts flights

https://www.lrt.lt/en/news-in-english/19/1169330/vilnius-airport-becomes-drive-in-cinema-as-virus-halts-flights

  • Drive-In Concerts Are Now a Thing in Denmark

https://consequenceofsound.net/2020/05/drive-in-concerts-coronavirus-denmark/
A stage was erected on the city’s outskirts so that singer-songwriter Mads Langer could perform to an audience in-person instead of via livestream (via Stereogum). From inside their socially-distanced cars, attendees could turn their FM dials to the designated radio station to hear his set live on air, hence experiencing a concert the way you would a drive-in movie.

  • The first drive rave has been held in Germany

https://mixmag.net/read/worlds-first-drive-in-rave-germany-news

  • Rear Windowflick: Berlin's DIY film screenings

https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2020/may/07/windowflick-berlin-screenings-in-pictures
The Windowflicks project is hosting film screenings in Berlin’s courtyards, as cinemas are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organisers are currently offering these screenings for free as a symbol of solidarity and support for the many endangered arthouse cinemas in Berlin

  • Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2020/05/10/future-air-travel-four-hour-process-self-check-in-disinfection-immunity-passes

 Big Brother 3.0, Outbreak Science, Coronavirus, Surveillance and Self-Tracking 

  • Apple, Google Bring Covid-19 Contact-Tracing to 3 Billion People

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-10/apple-google-bring-covid-19-contact-tracing-to-3-billion-people

  • UK government using confidential patient data in coronavirus response

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/12/uk-government-using-confidential-patient-data-in-coronavirus-response

  • How the Coronavirus Is Driving New Surveillance Programs Around the World

https://onezero.medium.com/the-pandemic-is-a-trojan-horse-for-surveillance-programs-around-the-world-887fa6f12ec9
Article describes programs by 28 countries around the world

  • The computer algorithm that was among the first to detect the coronavirus outbreak

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak-computer-algorithm-artificial-intelligence/
On New Year's Eve, a small company in Canada was among the first to raise the alarm about an infectious disease outbreak. Its computer algorithm calculated where the virus might spread next.

 Earth 1 - Humans 0 

  • 70,000 Endangered Sea Turtles Lay Eggs on Empty Beaches During Quarantine

https://returntonow.net/2020/04/08/70000-endangered-sea-turtles-lay-eggs-on-empty-beaches-during-quarantine/

  • Himalayas seen for first time in decades from 125 miles away after pollution drop

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/himalayas-mountain-range-asia-india-pollution-coronavirus-lockdown-a9456446.html

  • Disbelief in big cities as air pollution falls

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/11/positively-alpine-disbelief-air-pollution-falls-lockdown-coronavirus


 The 'usual suspects' philosophers response
  • Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, Beyond the Breakdown - Three Meditations on a Possible Aftermath

https://transversal.at/transversal/0420/berardi/en
"We are passing the threshold that leads beyond the cycle of labor–money–consumption. When, one day, the body comes out from the confinement of quarantine, the problem will not be rebalancing the relation between time, work, and money, rebalancing debt and repayment. [...] We face two political alternatives: either a techno-totalitarian system that will relaunch the capitalist economy by means of violence, or the liberation of human activity from capitalist abstraction and the creation of a molecular society based on usefulness. [...] What if the overload of connection breaks the spell? When the pandemic finally dissipates (assuming that it will), it’s possible that a new psychological identification will have imposed itself: online equals sickness. We also have to imagine and create a movement of caressing that will compel young people to turn off their connective screens as reminders of a lonely and fearful time."

  • Bruno Latour, La crise sanitaire incite à se préparer à la mutation climatique (in French;
    the COVID-19 crisis anticipating the urgency of action against the climate catastrophe)

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2020/03/25/la-crise-sanitaire-incite-a-se-preparer-a-la-mutation-climatique_6034312_3232.html

  • Giorgio Agamben: Reflections on the plague

https://enoughisenough14.org/2020/04/07/giorgio-agamben-reflections-on-the-plague/

  • Alain Badiou, On the epidemic situation

("we know that the world market, combined with the existence of vast under-medicalised zones and the lack of global discipline when it comes to the necessary vaccinations, inevitably produces serious and devastating epidemics [...] We will also need to pass through a stringent critique of every perspective according to which phenomena like epidemics can work by themselves in the direction of something that is politically innovative".)
https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/4608-on-the-epidemic-situation

  • Coronavirus and Philosophers

Helpful overview page by the European Journal of Psychoanalysis with text excerpts by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Jean-Luc Nancy, Roberto Esposito, Sergio Benvenuto, Divya Dwivedi and Shaj Mohan and others on epidemics and the Corona crisis:
http://www.journal-psychoanalysis.eu/coronavirus-and-philosophers/

  • Giorgio Agamben - Clarifications

"The problem is not to give opinions on the gravity of the disease, but to ask about the ethical and political consequences of the epidemic. The first thing that the wave of panic that has paralyzed the country obviously shows is that our society no longer believes in anything but bare life.
https://itself.blog/2020/03/17/giorgio-agamben-clarifications

  • Benjamin Bratton, 18 Lessons from Quarantine Urbanism

"Over these months we are witnessing the largest experiment in comparative governance we are likely to see in our lifetimes. The virus is the control variable. [...] The way we define, interpret, discuss, deploy, and resist “surveillance” has shifted decisively. [...] Populism despises experts and expertise, but right now people desire competence. At this moment, dry, prepared, trustworthy, available, adaptable, responsive technocratic foresight and effectiveness seem like the most idealistic politics imaginable. Yet, the human ability to bend facts to favored narratives remains incredible. The global contagion and the varied responses by different societies have exposed ideologies and traditions as ineffective, fraudulent, and suicidal."
https://strelkamag.com/en/article/18-lessons-from-quarantine-urbanism

 Reading Lists

  • BLACK FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON COVID-19: A READING LIST

https://www.blackwomenradicals.com/blog-feed/black-feminist-perspectives-on-covid-19-a-reading-list

  • Reading list on political, social, and ecological questions regarding COVID-19 and it's effects

https://yourpart.eu/p/QuarantineSchool_COVID19

  • The Politics of COVID-19 - reading list by The Syllabus:

https://the-syllabus.com/politics-of-covid19-readings-part3/

  • Sopa de Wuhan

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tShaH2j5A_9n9cWl6mhxtaHiGsJSBo5k/view?fbclid=IwAR1FlwBQZ9f4-pmrcpLTef0rGMpgFnjIMLZQGx-gOeRPBEvz7oIavMyhwUY
Pensamiento contemporáneo en tiempos de pandemia

  • Progressive Geographies

Several pieces by geographers, sociologists and philosophers – presented without commentary.
https://progressivegeographies.com/resources/geographers-sociologists-philosophers-etc-on-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR3SFY8sIPCwi2e44GeWodhtAoEk8EBhlQ-YMTtoLAfvVsoiItCOJQHxuQk

 THE LOSERS CONSPIRACY

I GOT SICK IN PARIS on Wednesday, March 11, before the French government ordered the confinement of the population, and when I got up on March 19, a bit more than a week later, the world had changed.
Author: Paul Preciado

  • Author: Isabel Frey
 Interview with leading Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans from Erasmus University

* one of the six EU coronavirus crisis advisors, on urgent and common questions around COVID19. Also explains the Dutch approach to dealing with the virus much better than the Dutch government did:

  • unofficial WdKA translation from Dutch. Also available as a PDF: [11]
 Mike Davis on Coronavirus politics (podcast)
 Mike Davis, Who Gets Forgotten in a Pandemic
 KPFK Public Radio podcasts on Coronavirus

  • with Mike Davis, Robert Brenner, Alan Minsky, Linda Farthing, Ansar Fayyazzuddin
 We're not going back to normal

* Social distancing is here to stay for much more than a few weeks. It will upend our way of life, in some ways forever.

* Author: Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief MIT Technology Review

 Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team, Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID19 mortality and healthcare demand

* Paper written by epidemiologists in collaboration with WHO; predicts that lockdown and social distancing will continue "potentially 18 months or more":

"[...] suppression will minimally require a combination of social distancing of the entire population, home isolation of cases and household quarantine of their family members. This may need to be supplemented by school and university closures, though it should be recognised that such closures may have negative impacts on health systems due to increased absenteeism. The major challenge of suppression is that this type of intensive intervention package – or something equivalently effective at reducing transmission – will need to be maintained until a vaccine becomes available (potentially 18 months or more) – given that we predict that transmission will quickly rebound if interventions are relaxed. We show that intermittent social distancing – triggered by trends in disease surveillance – may allow interventions to be relaxed temporarily in relative short time windows, but measures will need to be reintroduced if or when case numbers rebound."

 Jonas Staal, Coronavirus Propagations
 Yuval Noah Harari: The world after coronavirus

  • "Many short-term emergency measures will become a fixture of life.
    That is the nature of emergencies. They fast-forward historical processes. [...]

Under-the-skin surveillance [...]
- The emergency pudding [...]
- The soap police [...]
The images accompanying this article are taken from webcams overlooking the deserted streets of Italy, found and manipulated by Graziano Panfili, a photographer living under lockdown"

 Ian Alan Paul, The Corona Reboot
 Abdullah Shihipar, Coronavirus and the Isolation Paradox
 Ian Buruma, The Virus of Fear

 Raoul Vaneigem, Coronavirus

  • (Vaneigem was a key member of the Situationist International in the 1960s)

"Our present isn’t the confinement that survival imposes on us; it is the opening to all possibilities. It is due to panic that the oligarchic State is forced to adopt measures that even yesterday it decreed were impossible. It is to the call of life and the earth to be restored that we want to respond. Quarantine is good for reflection. Confinement doesn’t abolish the presence of the street; it reinvents it."

 In This Time of Panic, We Look to Generation X for Inspiration

Keep calm and put on some flannel. Chelsea Steiner, March 15 2020

 Bellen met het museum

Racism towards Asians during Coronavirus

 Coronavirus: What's spreading faster than COVID-19
 Spit on, yelled at, attacked: Chinese Americans fear for their safety
 Coronavirus, racism and solidarity, before and after Italy's lockdown – video 
 Sinophobia Tracker during CoronaVirus/ Sinophobia Tracker during CoronaVirus  This site is an effort to archive and document the information on Sinophobia, its spill-over effects, and on people's efforts to counter such trends worldwide during the CoronaVirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19) outbreak for future alarms against racism and xenophobia. 本网站致力于记录和存档在冠状病毒(2019-nCoV或COVID-19)爆发期间有关排华/恐华情绪以及外溢影响的信息,也包括人们如何应对的努力。  
 Mai Ling's collection of news articles on racism towards East Asians during Coronavirus  A Viennese association as well as an artist collective, contextualizing and fostering contemporary Asian art and culture with a focus on FLINT (Female, lesbian, intersexual, transgender)</small
 Chinese virus spreader’: after coronavirus, Australia has an anti-Asian racism outbreak to deal with   A rise in racial abuse linked to Covid-19 highlights a gap in human rights legislation: there is no federal law punishing racist acts as a crime. With pressure growing for a national campaign, there are hopes that a growing diaspora and new generation will have the confidence to speak out 

Carework Curves

Because having guide"lines" (linearity) is not flexible enough for this moment

 Synchronous and Asynchronous Meetings

  • It seems important, from what I’ve been hearing across the board, for students (and teachers) to feel moments of group connection in synchronous calls. You could think of starting your sessions with a group check-in of some sort and then structure the rest of their guidance as you see fit, according to the hours you have left.

  • Whenever possible, see that activities can be followed asynchronously, without students having to be present all at the same time (this works for P1 or P2, for example, maybe not so much for graduation supervision).

  • Synchronous meetings tend to be good for taking stock, in a group chat, of everyone’s needs and for providing the relief many (not all) of us get from connection. Also, for one-on-one or cell-type tutorial sessions. We cannot, in these times, make synchronous meetings mandatory. Be available for these kind of meetings, but do not force students to go.

  • Cell-type tutorials (where you are seeing a small group of students at a time) might also be a useful way to budget your time. When I’ve tried this format, students seem to appreciate the connectedness. It also gives you, as tutor, some leeway: your tutorial day becomes shorter, and in the call itself, if you encourage students to do peer-to-peer review, you don’t have to be talking/guiding all the time.

  • As we have already seen in the SP Study Group call, asking participants in synchronous activities to keep a joint pad of notes on each other’s conversations is also a nice way to engage with possibilities of seeing each other online. Again, this cannot be made mandatory, but if we lead by example, then they might be encouraged to follow suit.

 Personal and Collective Needs

  • Be sensitive and flexible to student needs. Schoolwork may not be their first priority. They may be ill or taking care/worry about loved ones who are ill. Isolation may be aggravating or causing mental health issues. “Home” is not synonymous to a safe and welcoming environment. They may not have the best resources (hardware, software, internet connection, physical space) at hand to do their work. Now more than ever, there are extenuating circumstances that may make concentration and precise scheduling difficult.

  • Care is vital. Now is the time to perform emotional labor to the best of our abilities. Reassurance, empathy, encouragement, patience. Interfacing with a real human who seems to care. We are receiving so many impersonal communications, all of them serious and full of instructions to be followed to the letter. It’s overwhelming, even frightening. We talked about courage in the face of vulnerability in P1 actually. Now is time, I guess, to embody what we teach. Or try to, at least, however imperfectly.

  • Be attentive to each other's needs as well. Check in with your teacher team colleagues, if you can make the space for it. We are all feeling a great many things in unison, sometimes even in common. Now more than ever, we are connected. Ask your colleagues what they need, express your own needs as well. If needs are not explicit, it is difficult for them to be met.

  • We are finite creatures, with limits to what we can handle (in isolation). It’s ok to slow down, if we need it. Those who are able must, in this moment of extenuating circumstances, step up for those who are not able. And understand that when we cannot be there, someone else must bear a heavier weight. Solutions should be found together, in reciprocity, to collectivize and "deprivatize" (as Sami likes to say) the load.

Gossip Diary

A daily backdrop, parenthetical information

 March 14, 2020

  • International students living in the NL booking emergency, same-day flights to head home before borders close in their countries/cities. Know of students in Rotterdam who booked flights today, from Canada, US, Mexico, UAE, Peru. They are going home to be with their families, take care of parents/grandparents who would have been alone during lockdown.
  • Biggest question now for these students is how are the teachers going to deal with different time zones, if they are to follow classes from their home countries. Other worries: If they resume classes and there are no flights to return... or if quarantines persist in their home countries after March 31.
  • Utrecht University cancels everything until April 20! Most schools and cultural institutions in NL only closed until March 31.
  • Taken from their website on 13-03-2020: Face-to-face education/exams (on campus) cancelled until Monday April 20th and University Libraries closed
 March 15, 2020

  • Students from Dutch school that are doing exchanges or internships internationally are being asked to come home. They are being told that there is the possibility of all countries closing their borders. Schools are sending official communications, even offering to help students book their tickets immediately.
  • It rained eggplants in Iran. Seriously.
  • All coffeeshops (places to buy weed, not coffee) are closed in the NL until April 6. Hope everyone is stocked up.
 March 16, 2020  

  • Coffeeshops are open again.
  • Minister of Employement of NL tells ZZP-ers that they have "chosen" their situations and fired themselves, so these are the consequences (paraphrasing here)
  • People are saying borders will be closed in NL tonight
  • The whole island of Luzon is on lockdown. It is the largest island of the Philippine Archipelago with a population of 48 million people, slightly more populous than the entire country of Spain (46 million people). The capital city, Metro Manila, is on this island.
 March 17, 2020

  • Snippets from today's phone calls/video conferences...

  • Peak of coronavirus will reach after 50 days confinement, this situation might last up to 3 months
  • IN HK and AUS: 2 week recess is pretty standard. in some schools they are testing things out in 2 weeks and then 2 week recess to recalibrate. You can do independent meetings with your students but this doesn't represent your department
  • Teachers more excited about the possibilities of this crisis than students
  • lots of superstar teachers wanting to do zoom conferences, they're aight, but it's a little bit youtube master class, people not really thinking about students and what they need

CUHK went online 6 weeks ago because they have been doing e-learning training for years and years, so they were prepared... sympathetic towards messy situations on the way, political situation for last few years has built muscle memory for unstable situations

  • Trying to do one-to-one temporal migration of classes to online world (3 hour live lecture = 3 hour zoom lecture).... this doesn't work, shorten your temporal frameworks

Panopto for video recording [lower file size than using desktop software such as quicktime, photobooth] you can download your own videos, zoom also... what about file size? is it manageable

  • Zoom only host or co-host can record video, you can record onto the cloud or onto your computer, file is mp4, co-host is useful for large settings, if you have TAs
  • give little assignments to do during a class, less possibility for spontaneity in large classes online, use breakout rooms function (only with host privileges)... you can schedule group work breakout rooms, assign specific times for it
  • "Payment problems due to coronavirus? The Tax and Customs Administration takes measures to help entrepreneurs (including self-employed persons)" See on https://www.belastingdienst.nl/ coronavirus tab
  • BTW hope you did some clapping at 8PM today?!! Clapping? Missed the memo, what for? :) forgot the memo as I was busy with clapping (for all the health care workers) Exciting Clapping kaomoji---->>>(* ゚∀゚)ノシ
  • At UCLA, some colleagues are making their seminars public now that they've turned to online teaching
  • People in the gig economy are going to be hard hit
  • We have a new fb challenge with some friends: calling our kids co-workers in an anecdote of the day
  • Activist organizers from UK focused on mutual aid for high-risk communities (from a zoom conference organized by TWT The World Transformed https://www.facebook.com/TWTNow):

- Trying not to replicate work that already exists. We have 2 teams: coordination + dispatch (distribution) of goods and services.
- How to organize facebook groups where multiple requests for assistance are getting lost due to high page activity, they have an offline spreadsheet type thing
- Transcript from TWT discussion:[12]

  • You can still go out for runs in Italy. Apparently, this is not possible in France. So people in Italy are discovering their hidden marathon runner.
 March 18, 2020

  • This is SERIOUS: ALL of my and other people’s post’s regarding relief and help and info regarding the global crisis has been DELETD by FB.... including emotional updates, creative memes and personal insights, and newspaper articles!!! Please do not stop disseminating information via other platforms. Stay strong and safe and in COMMUNICATION!!
  • Teacher outside of the NL: Just wanted to post on here to say: I’m going to be giving my students an additional week of spring break in order for them to get settled at home, focus on the mental, emotional and spiritual health, because I do NOT know what their home situation will be like. You have students who come from marginalized communities, that are differently abled and/or are STILL in the process of packing up their lives. I cannot know for sure, but I imagine that they are experiencing a tremendous amount of fear, stress and overall trauma.
  • Friend: We are using microsoft teams at the rietveld, it's patchy, keeps collapsing, due to overload

 March 19, 2020

  • one hospital in Poland got wrong protective gears for their medics, the overalls turned out to be those that are used by the construction workers
  • Teacher in Toronto: Quick note to those moving classes online & what I learned today. Rocky initial start with first 1 hour class, then Q& A was fine. Straightforward.2 hour class following, after the questions, people just wanted to stay and chat. People wanted connection, as most were locked down, not going out, going stir crazy, close quarters with family or roomies. People wanted to chat online & jump in occasionally on mic or video and just have some normal. I ended up telling stories. Funny stories (the cat attack between dinner & desert & ensuing hospital mayhem). The story of my gran I posted the other day. Had us discussing family stories. A funny story from my daughter currently now on a Pacific island for the duration. That led to talk of so many loved ones and friends caught overseas. Students told stories, really funny life-in-2020 stories. We shared live vid of our pets. Posted links to uplifting content we were seeing online. Talked about the final digital project - Family resilience stories from our elders, the value of art, music, escapism, and fantasy in a time of lockdown, games based on lockdowns...My take-away - I'm switching to full chat / hang-out for all of our remaining windows. Let's be together for the 1 to 2 hours - talk, about course stuff, life stuff, laugh and weigh in. Be human. Be present. If digitally.
  • Message from Teams: We're sorry—we've run into an issue. Try again. If that doesn't work, try signing out and back in.----->>>hahahahaha. i h8 microsoft sry personal struggs
  • Spoke with SPIN (environmental action group) students, they mentioned that contact with teachers was vital for them to stay positive, and get energy to continue some sort of activity during this period, we have semi-cancelled a workshop with them in april but it's not really cancelled, it's just shifted into a different format wherein we will work with them to think of how an environmental group can continue functioning in the new coronaworld order
 March 20, 2020

  • Friend from Berlin: After Merkel's speech pushing for social distancing, everything has closed down. There is a marked increase in police presence on Sonnenallee. The food stores are enforcing social distancing. In the supermarket closest to him, there are security guards doing crowd control. They divide separate people into a red and yellow line, controlling how many people get into the store. There is a long line. As in passport control, you have to stand behind a yellow line at the cashier until it is your turn to pay. You don't give the cashier money, but put it in a box. The cashier recieves the box, then gives change. The whole environment is incredibly tense. He feels bad about the cashiers. He knows every one of them and has known them for years.
  • No local COVID-19 cases reported in China for two straight days, three months after virus spread began
  • In iran people celebrating new year in quarantine. Happy new year. (it is also the first day of spring).
  • Today I got extremely tired, demotivated, sad, anxious, stressed. The only thing keeping me going were thank yous. Thank you for the thank yous.
  • #MochaUsonIsOverParty is #1 hashtag on PH Twitter and #2 in the world... down with fascist fake news peddling trolls
 March 21, 2020

  • Last night the recommendations for quarantine from the WHO.
  1. Eat healthy
  2. Limit alcohol intake
  3. Try to get plenty of rest
  4. Do not smoke
  5. Do not sit for long periods of time in one place. Try to get up every 30 minutes and walk around for at least 9 minutes.
  6. Adults get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Children 60 minutes. Try to dance, or do one of the online yoga courses. Anything to keep moving.
  7. Try not to constantly monitor the news feeds. Check-in with a reputable source, twice daily.
  • Heard people were out en masse in the parks, since today sunny day.
  • They closed the trailer campsite in Hoek van Holland, beach closed at 17h
 March 22, 2020

  • Overheard: The term “mutual aid” basically just means when people band together to meet immediate survival needs, usually because of a shared understanding that the systems in place aren’t coming to meet them, or certainly not fast enough, if at all, and that we can do it together right now.
  • Volg instructies Rijksoverheidop: houd 1,5 meter afstand! Bent ui ziek of verkouden? Blifj thuis. Bescherm uzelf un de mensen omu heen. Samen tegen Corona. Keep your distance to others.
 March 23, 2020

  • All events/gatherings are prohibited till June 1st. Those who won't follow these rules will be fined. This could be with a maximum of €400 per person.
  • If one of the family members has a fever, the whole family must stay in.
  • Go alone to the supermarket for groceries
  • Hairdressers and nail salons will be closed
  • If you have visitors at home, the maximum should be 3 persons. Keep 1,5 meters distance.
  • Children are allowed to play outside.
  • Prime minister of NL had to make announcement about the crowded beaches and parks last weekend. Am not sure if he said people were being Undutch or Asocial (or does he say Anti-Social). Funny how the thinks the national identity is a paragon of care and consideration.

 March 27, 2020

  • Needed to take a break from this pad, for a few days, as screen life increases. Starting to dissociate a bit from my own experience, due to seeing myself on screens all day. As if things are not happening to me but to someone else. I hesistate to say this is happening because this is a traumatic experience as I live in relative comfort, in comparison to other parts of the world and other situations. It is a stress response indicative of a self-defense mechanism that comes from trauma, perhaps better said. Though it's impossible not to think of this whole situation as a traumatic incident in the history of human sociality. If there is a history of human sociality, as opposed to just history of humans.
  • At some point this week, all social gatherings were postponed until June 1st. And all national examinations at high school level this year were canceled.
 March 28, 2020

  • NSync and Backstreet Boys manager Lou Pearlman flew blimps (rented them out for people to fly them at concert) and Ponzi scheme maker. And took all of NSync and Backstreets Boys' fortune. He died in 2016 in federal custody.
  • Just found out that FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson broke up.
  • It's the weekend, catching up on celebrity news because need a break.
  • Comrade Britney Spears called for a general strike on social media.
  • Madonna made a video from her bathtub surrounded by rose petals, calling COVID 19 the great equalizer because it doesn't care how famous you are.
 April 1, 2020

  • National Polish TV aka TVP (recently received 2 milliards Zloty from the PL GOV) premiered their first primary school TV channel. The bigger objective for this gesture is to give equal chances to those kids who have no Internet connection at home, one computer to share with other sibblings and etc. Great, right! The programmes have been launched yesterday (no this wasn't 1st of April joke) and turned out to be a complete disaster! The so called "teachers" can't speak proper Polish, stumble over their words, present bollocks(!) information that has nothing to do with actual knowldge. E.g. in maths class one person mixes the diameter with circuit, another speaks about the even numbers "11 is an even number because it has two ones"...as in 1 and 1....WTF. There's also an art history class for 7th graders (12 yrs olds) the subject is "expressionism" which according to the "teacher" is another just "style" in art (not a movement) after realism and before impressionism(!) ...btw some artist's names that are being mentioned: Courbet and Eduardo Monet LOL. Aaaahhhh and Vincent van Gogh's most famous painting is "The night with dancing stars". Dancing WHAT?????!!!!! Excuse me! Would love to see this one, one day....!......PS> Some people say that after the recent grant national teachers' strikes, this might be an intentional move to redicule Polish teachers in general. After all, you can sell anything to the uninformed plebes.
  • The sick person that rules country of Poland from the back sit (Kaczynski, who BTW is only a regular politician and does not hold any official governmental position, except being the chairman of PiS aka Law and Justice) decided that the presidential elections planned for 10th of May will still take place, no matter the pandemic and the thousands of people being quarantined at homes. For years he hasn't seen any need for introducing the correspondencial elections and now he's trying to change the law within a few weeks. People say, it might be way easier, and cheaper for the country, to send him text messages on the day of the elections. I'll try that, great idea!

 April 2, 2020

  • In the Philippines, President Duterte tells police they can go ahead and shoot quarantine violators. On a nationally televised press conference. Happened yesterday. My dad sent me a picture of the TV set with Duterte on it, ticker read the headline below. Happy belated April Fool's. This is not a joke. Actually, DU30 is a total joke...
  • Currently thinking about the graduation show: the fabricated object must also become a published object, in that the documentation of any material research process will have to be documented and made public in different ways. At least for now we know this is certain for the research supervision process. Still unsure of what will happen to the graduation show itself. Students are anxious about this. So are teachers, actually.
  • Albert Heijn online shopping deliveries are impossible. Jumbo deliveries are more workable, but you need to log on early in the morning to get delivery times.
  • Ikea still delivers to your home (home improvement time)... I know at least 3 people that are in the process of moving house at the moment. I know of quite a few people who engaging in home improvement/maintenance at the moment.<br.
  • My friend's neighborhood in Quezon City has the highest # of covid cases in Metro Manila, they were declared an EECQHZ (Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine Hot Zone). There are two types of quarantine in the Philippines. ECQ and EECQ. Enhanced Community Quarantine and Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine. ACROMANIA.
  • I was told to try PicNic for home delivery (also in the morning)
  • I hate when people use times like this to compete instead of collaborate, boring petty self-absorbed types. Making a spectacle of yourself instead of helping the ones who are staying up late to get the work done. The sad thing is we will outlast them at the work and they will get the props. The ones who work the hardest get the leastest 'cause they don't step to the front, too busy doing what's important.----->>>Amen...

 April 3, 2020

  • Zoom is basically malware. Sales of Zoom have increased over 500% in the last month.
  • In the last two weeks I have been increasingly pummelled down by the inadequacies of my internet connection, preventing me from fully participating in online activities. Repeated efforts at connecting online exhaust me. Cannot use video in meet.jit.si. Zoom keeps on crashing. Forms of exclusionary practices in the here and now are around internet connectivity.
    * We need to consider inclusive practices for online communication.

 April 4, 2020

  • A teacher from Hastings: “I didn’t think the Apocalypse would have this much admin”
  • Netherlands is now seen as a 'Corona Risk Area'. Germany has closed borders with all neighbouring countries. Strict controls are carried out at border crossings that are still open.
 April 9, 2020 

  • In the first week of April (March 30 to April 3), 69 companies were declared bankrupt. That is 25 more bankruptcies than in the week before (March 23-27). This was announced by the CBS (Centraal Bureau voor Statistiek) (Central Bureau of Statistics) in the second weekly update about the number of bankruptcies. Most bankruptcies occurred in the catering industry.
  • '1.5 METRES DISTANCE IS NOT ENOUGH FOR CYCLING AND WALKING'. Researchers simulated the saliva particles released when someone coughs. It showed that the cloud of droplets lingers in the air while walking or jogging. If you walk 1.5 metres behind it in the so-called slipstream, you will still breathe in the droplets. The distance rule of 1.5 metres would therefore be especially effective for people who are stationary. According to the researchers, people should keep at least 4 to 5 metres away while walking. For jogging and slow cycling 10 metres and for hard cycling at least 20 metres.
 April 10, 2020

  • MUNICIPALITY OF ROTTERDAM USING CAMERA VEHICLES TO ENFORCE CORONA MEASURES
April 11, 2020 

  • "A Dutch entrepreneur asked this morning if we would please let his German customers through. * This is a strange request, if you request this, then you don't quite get it [the situation].
 April 16, 2020 
  • Pad vandalism. Entire pad erased, history unretreivable for a few minutes, believed at first to be a hack.
  • Message Log

Written and erased: I don't know how this is going to be useful for m y class

  • Written and left behind:

I am adding content here because it is going to be SUPER USEFUL
lol I smell beta male energy
WTF WTF Did the hacker write this?
Lol no I wrote the beta male part.
Was trolling back.
IP Address of vandal: Chicago. Was not a hack, just a rando.

  April 18, 2020
  • I received an email invitation in my spambox to join a survey for Southeast Asian design research. I clicked on the link and was taken to Google survey form. I wanted to participate and do a bit of my duty as a SEAzn. Was required to use a Google ID, which meant that even though I did not provide my name my email address (with my full name and profile picture) would be shared. It was required to state my educational attainment, how i participated in the field of design, my race, city of residence, i could choose to not state my gender but i still had to click on "rather not say" than skip the question entirely. I felt quite unsafe, as I did not entirely know who was surveying me, even though I knew it was probably trusted people of trusted people. So I did not participate in the survey.
 April 20, 2020 
  • About 44 percent of the Dutch citizens have started working from home because of the crisis or do so more often than before. The experiences with working from home are mostly positive. However, most students and pupils who follow education remotely do not find that pleasant.
 April 28, 2020
  • LIVE BLOG 10:52
  • LONG LINES AT IKEA
  • Long lines have started to form at various IKEA stores. As of today, the Dutch branches will be open for the first time in six weeks. Customers can enter in phases with two people at the same time.
  • When the shops opened at 10am, there were lines in many places to the end of the parking lot. It is very busy at the shops in Utrecht, Eindhoven, Amersfoort, Barendrecht and Heerlen.
 April 29, 2020
  • Mental effects of the corona crisis
  • Research has finally been done on the effects of the corona crisis and the following measures.
  • Research shows that it has been a threat to society, yet Dutch people shown much solidarity towards each other and try to make the most of it.
  • 6,600 individuals partook in the research.
  • Results show that 74.3 % find the crisis a serious threat for themselves or others.
  • They also show that 38% do not go to the doctors for fear of infection, even if care is needed.
  • 25% fear for their job
  • The corona situation has most affected people who are more vulnerable- people with low income, the elderly, and sick individuals. And this group is only getting bigger with the crisis.
  • Many people are turning up to the doctor’s with headaches and stomach aches, symptoms which after further questioning are often linked to stress and anxiety, especially now that the economic impact is starting to become clearer.
  • People are not only worried for their own future, but also the neighbourhood’s future.
  • The research shows that solidarity amongst people in neighbourhoods has increased.
 May 12, 2020
  • Police officers experienced more violence in April than before the corona crisis.
  • In the week of April 6, there were 40 percent more cases of violence against the police than before the crisis.
  • In other weeks there was also above average violence against the police.
  • This includes 'corona spitters', people who cough or spit in the face of police officers and threaten to corona infection. The number of incidents is now falling again.