Death in the Air: An essential worker considers pandemic times

Source: In These Times
by Sean Estelle

“January 18, 2020: At 8:30 a.m. I awake in a bus, shivering and surrounded by strangers. The intercom crackles to life and our lead tells us, ​’Nobody panic, we’re definitely not going to tip sideways’ as we all stare out the windows and feel the bus rock the wrong way. For a moment, I wonder if this Bernie Journey trip is worth bracing the freezing weather. Then I remind myself why I chose to come: to bring mass volunteer power to Davenport, Iowa for a final get-out-the-vote push. I’m two weeks out from being laid off at my seasonal minimum wage job at the local museum. I wanted some time to throw everything into this historic campaign before searching for the next job that would pay my bills.” (01/11/22)