When Disaster Took Everything She Had, All She Had Left Was Her Truth

I like to look at this video as a type of spoken-word travel guide and coolness primer for all visitors to New Orleans — or any American city, for that matter. Walking around her town in 2008, Sunni Patterson (who grew up in NOLA's 9th Ward) really tells us what to look out for aside from nice weather and parties.1:03-1:39 really made me think twice about how our nation’s culture is being turned into a theme park where fancy people profit and average folks get priced out. Do you feel that vibe in your city? New Orleans isn’t the only one. She brings the real talk and it’s hard to hear. But if we all listen, what a deal we get — better travels and cooler cities. I’ll step right up to THAT.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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