Coronavirus Coverage on Films For Action

By Films For Action /
Apr 8, 2020
Last updated May 21, 2020.


We wanted to put all our Coronavirus coverage in one place, as a resource to share with friends and loved ones. The quality of our response is only as strong as the quality of our knowledge.


Coronavirus Spells the End of the Neoliberal Era. What's Next?
Jeremy Lent · Coronavirus is a political crucible, melting down and reshaping current norms. Will the new era be a “Fortress Earth” or a harbinger of a transformed society based on a new set of values?
2020: When the Great Disruption Began
Paul Gilding · “The last global crisis didn’t change the world. But this one could” - William Davies It was always going to come to this. Whether it was a pandemic triggering a shutdown, a climate emergency bursting the carbon bubble, a populist...
Comparative Resilience: 8 Principles for Post-COVID Reconstruction
Michael Shuman · This past weekend, a bright Georgetown undergraduate asked me how I squared my passion for localization with the theory of comparative advantage. For economics newbies, he was referring to David Ricardo’s argument that every community...
What We Might Learn From Covid-19 (with Kristin Flyntz)
6 min · While Covid-19 is causing great suffering, it has also done something that most believed to be impossible - stopping the global economy in its tracks. What might we learn from this experience? 
The Decade of Transformation Is Here: Remaking the Economy for the People
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers · The pandemic, economic collapse and the government’s response to them are going to not only determine the 2020 election but define the future for this decade and beyond. People are seeing the failure of the US healthcare nonsystem and...
Coronavirus Capitalism — and How to Beat It
9 min · Governments around the world are busily exploiting the coronavirus crisis to push for no-strings-attached corporate bailouts and regulatory rollbacks.
A Letter from the Virus: #LISTEN
4 min · An Imagined Letter from Covid-19 to Humans Stop. Just stop. It is no longer a request. It is a mandate. We will help you. We will bring the supersonic, high speed merry-go-round to a halt We will stop the planes the trains the...
5 Ways Coronavirus Could Help Humanity Survive the Ecological Crisis
Matt Mellen · The human tragedy of the coronavirus is immense. Thousands have died, hundreds of thousands have been infected globally, and millions more have been affected. Whilst infectious disease has always been a part of the human experience, the...
Honest Government Ad | Coronavirus: Flatten The Curve
4 min · The Government has made an ad about the Coronavirus and its surprisingly honest and informative.
HOLY SH*T! 7 Things to Do Instead of Hoarding Toilet Paper
Rae Abileah and Nadine Bloch · Beautiful Trouble’s irreverent guide to activism in the time of pandemic
No Return to Normal: For a Post-Pandemic Liberation
Max Haiven · 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?
From Mutual Aid to Dual Power in the State of Emergency
Woodbine · The COVID-19 public health crisis is rapidly devolving into a vast, multi-faceted crisis of social reproduction with no end in sight. How can we seize this moment to build dual power?
Coronavirus Will Expose Capitalism Like Never Before
6 min · “Coronavirus casts a light on every single part of our society. We will see the best of humanity and the worst of Capitalism” - Kevin Ovenden
The Coronavirus Crisis Is Political
Grace Blakeley · In 2008, they told us not to “politicize” the crash. We ended up with a decade of austerity. The coronavirus crisis will reshape the economy in profound ways — now is the time to make socialist arguments about how to respond.
Brother Richard Hendrick Wrote a Poem About the Coronavirus. It's Beautiful.
Coronavirus and Climate Activism: Five Common Lessons
Nadia Colburn · The pandemic is a testing ground for how to address the climate crisis, and vice-versa.
And the People Stayed Home: A Poem about Hope in Coronavirus Times
2 min · This beautiful poem by Kitty O'Meara has been shared around the world already. If you haven't heard it yet, here it is in video form.  So much love for this! May it be so!  - Films For Action
What If You Thought of It as the Jews Consider the Sabbath— The Most Sacred of Times?
Lynn Ungar · What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only...
Capitalism And The American Pandemic Response
27 min · This particular moment in American and world history demands that we all take an honest look at the trajectory of the United States of America. The current system is untenable and the Coronavirus pandemic has laid bare how truly...
A Debt Jubilee Is the Only Way to Avoid a Depression
Michael Hudson · Even before the novel coronavirus appeared, many American families were falling behind on student loans, auto loans, credit cards and other payments. America’s debt overhead was pricing its labor and industry out of world markets. A...
Covid-19 Could Teach Us How to Avoid the Worst Consequences of Climate Change
Elizabeth Sawin · A devastating problem crops up.
Noam Chomsky: We Can't Let COVID-19 Drive Us Into Authoritarianism
Noam Chomsky · Note: This excerpt was adapted from Internationalism or Extinction by Noam Chomsky, edited by Charles Derber, Suren Moodliar and Paul Shannon. As the COVID-19 pandemic turns the global political and economic order on its head, two...
Liberal Elite More Deadly Than Coronavirus
Mike Pappas · As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, millionaires and billionaires, who have been key to oppressing the working class, are trying to position themselves as everyday Americans. We need to understand them for what they are: beneficiaries...
Our Economic System Is on Life Support, But Who Are We Really Saving?
Laurie Macfarlane · Pumping new money into the economy without altering power relations will only exacerbate existing inequalities.
Workers Are More Valuable Than CEOs
Mindy Isser · The coronavirus pandemic has revealed a simple fact: it’s low-wage workers that make our society run — not bankers, landlords, or CEOs.
Pandemics & Infodemics - Wisdom In The Time Of Covid-19 | Russell Brand & Dr. Gabor Mate
24 min · A clip from the latest Under The Skin podcast with Dr. Gabor Mate out Saturday, March 21st only on Luminary. If you don't have the Luminary app already you can sign up here. 
The Coronavirus Rehearsal: Can Capitalism Survive The Coronavirus?
Eamonn Kelly · The coronavirus shutdown as a dress rehearsal for the reformation of late-capitalism to allow climate repair.
Healthcare Workers Are at War, but Trump Isn't on Our Side
Mike Pappas · An NYC physician on the war against the coronavirus and the ongoing war against for-profit health care, Trump and capitalism itself. The coronavirus pandemic is magnifying capitalism’s complete inability to foster overall health and...
US Empire Exploits COVID-19 For More War
16 min · Abby Martin breaks down all the hidden acts of US foreign policy aggression under the cover of the COVID19 pandemic. 
The Worst Possible People are in Charge at the Worst Possible Time | George Monbiot on Coronavirus
7 min · “Coronavirus should be a warning that our current system is not fit for purpose”
Coronavirus Coverage on Films for Action
Films For Action ·   We wanted to put all our Coronavirus coverage in one place, as a resource to share with friends and loved ones. The quality of our response is only as strong as the quality of our k...
Coronavirus: How the Arms Trade is Making You Sick | Andrew Feinstein
4 min · The story of how a trillion-dollar fighter jet that never worked helped place you in danger.
Why We Cling to Conspiracies in Times of Crisis
Justice Bartlett · They say anxiety is us weaving conspiracy theories about ourselves. But what if those feelings are already there, and we are actually telling stories to support them? We weave stories to try to explain how something inhuman and awful...
The Great Realisation
4 min · A bedtime story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020 🛌 🧸 by Probably Tomfoolery.
The Great Pause: Normal *Was* The Crisis
14 min · We are in the time of THE GREAT PAUSE. Where might we collectively go next?
The Class Divide in a Time of Pandemic: a Permaculture Perspective
David Holmgren · The divide between the haves and the have nots has been highlighted by the impacts of the pandemic.[1] For those able to work online with a spacious and secure home base, and some financial resources to ride out the pandemic, life has...
A Healthcare Worker Answers Governor Cuomo
Mike Pappas · Recent data out of New York City shows a large number of people with COVID-19 have largely been staying home. Governor Andrew Cuomo called this a “surprise.” But capitalism is forcing working-class people to spread the virus. A...
An Opportunity to Reconnect With Our Origins
Daniel Henryk Rasolt · For generations, a variety of factors have weakened the traditional intergenerational socio-cultural structures of Indigenous people around the world.
The Art of Exploiting a Pandemic: From Propaganda to Profit
Mike Pappas · Throughout the U.S., institutions that have no real interest in public health are exploiting the ongoing pandemic to benefit their public image and their bottom line. We must recognize and combat these efforts in order to fight the...
Normal Was Killing Us
Cylvia Hayes · The first crisis point of the COVID-19 disaster was figuring out how to respond, after being caught flat-footed, to the immediate health threat. Now that the death curve in many places has begun to flatten and the scope of economic...
Corona Crisis Reveals We Need Systemic, Not Just Individual Change
Peter Sinclair · Climate change is not your fault.
Honest Government Ad | The Machine
4 min · The Government has made an ad about the global response to the pandemic, and it's surprisingly honest and informative.
Powerdown: Let's Talk About It
Joanne Poyourow · This was originally published in 2013. Maybe now, with Covid-19 giving us all a chance to experience it and practice it - we're finally ready to talk about it. - Films For Action
Seven Building Blocks for a Post-Corona World
Jason Angell · With regular life on pause, we have a chance to stop and question the path we are taking at the deepest level.
One World 1 - A Survival Strategy for Humanity
Armando Davila · "It’s time to design a global society that fits the biological and material constraints of earth and also fits the psychological, cultural, and developmental needs of diverse peoples worldwide."
Conspiracy Theorists Are Falsely Claiming That the Coronavirus Pandemic Is an Elaborate Hoax
Anatoliy Gruzd and Philip Mai · In the midst of a global pandemic, conspiracy theorists have found yet another way to spread dangerous disinformation and misinformation about COVID-19, sowing seeds of doubts about its severity and denying the very existence of the...
“It's Time to Engage in as Much Class Struggle as We Can”
Meagan Day and Mark Meinster · The United Electrical workers’ union and the Democratic Socialists of America are teaming up to help nonunion workers organize during the coronavirus crisis. The goal: find workers who are already spoiling for a fight and help them win it.
Searching for the Anti-Virus | Covid-19 as Quantum Phenomenon
Martin Winiecki · I've struggled to make sense of what is going on. My suspicious mind wandered around restlessly, examining all theories and possible explanations, yet I must admit: I don’t know what is happening. I do know this is a crucial moment of...

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