Afternoon Snack

It’s Monday, and we have a hefty portion of protest, coronavirus, gaming and comics news for you to chew on.

For Teen Vogue, Kim Kelly writes on the history of the U.S. government’s silencing of free speech on the left, from labor organizer to anarchists.

Agriculture workers may be some of the most essential, yet most marginalized workers in our country–and in the central valley of California, hundreds upon hundreds of them are getting infected with coronavirus due to the negligence of their employers.

Workers told the Guardian that in the past months, as much of California sheltered at home, they took their places at the production lines and sorting tables, against all social distancing guidelines, as their companies made excuses for why coworker after coworker stopped showing up for their shifts. Some workers said they had to learn from news reports that they had been exposed to Covid-19. Others said they felt obligated to work even when showing virus symptoms.

Several Portlanders who were kidnapped by federal agents spoke about their experiences for the Portland Mercury, revealing a frightening level of incompetence and flagrant disregard for the law.

In the wake of controversies around who gets to claim the label “Latinx,” poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva brilliantly and painfully deconstructs white Latinidad through the lens of The Sopranos for her Substack. (Trust us: it’ll knock your socks off.)

Organizers of the Texas Black and Brown Punk Fest, in lieu of a festival, are raising money for a mutual aid fund to benefit DIY Black musicians in Texas. Throw some money at this uniquely radical cause!

In some exciting creative labor news, freelancers for the popular visual novel “Lovestruck” went on strike for 21 days, and won their demands for a pay raise! Comics, we are as always, looking directly at you…

And now, for something to very eagerly look forward to:

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Romance Roundtable #52: Classmates

Today we’re covering Volumes 1 and 2 of Asumiko Nakamura’s Classmates: a sweet boys’ love manga about two extremely teenaged boys falling for each other and figuring things out about themselves along the way.

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