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Protesting in Pandemic Times

COVID-19, Public Health, and Black Lives Matter

Binoy Kampmark

The COVID-19 pandemic raised questions about reconciling health priorities with the exercise of certain liberties and rights. Public safety has come into conflict with matters of mobility, freedom of expression, and the right to protest. How can the threat of viral transmission be reconciled with the urgency of political protests, such as in the Black Lives Matter movement? This article discusses various approaches, referring to debates in the United States and Australia, where law enforcement authorities and politicians warned against protest marches, generally citing the protection of public health as a qualifying exception. Numerous epidemiologists, while acknowledging risks, argued that a calculus of risk be deployed, citing public health as a variegated, multilayered concept. A similar balancing act was deployed in Australian courts. Such reasoning led to accusations that public health science had been politicized. Striking the balance remains a pragmatic approach to holding such gatherings during times of pandemic.

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Barbara Prainsack

2015 will repeat itself in times of COVID-19: after an initial surge of solidarity, where people in receiving countries related to newcomers through a shared collective memory of war and conflict, refugees started to be seen as “the other”: Muslims

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

neither a felt reality nor a force for political unity in emergency. On one side state and local government closings of workplaces and social events provoke ferocious resistance to shut-downs and conflict over what activities are essential and exempt

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COVID and the Era of Emergencies

What Type of Freedom is at Stake?

Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar

debate over the political response to COVID-19 concerns the stakes of how we navigate the conflict between, on the one hand, the need to act decisively in the face of the threat that the virus poses to life (and other rights, such as health), and, on the

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Peter Levine

Organization 2019). 2 The conflict over both strategy and values between King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Selma episode of the Civil Rights movement is explored in Garrow 1986: 396

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Babies and Boomers

Intergenerational Democracy and the Political Epidemiology of COVID-19

Toby Rollo

continue to be the primary victims of global famine and starvation, human trafficking, and forced migration, as well as infectious diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Millions of children die each year from preventable conflicts, conditions, and

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Centralized or Decentralized

Which Governance Systems are Having a “Good” Pandemic?

Jennifer Gaskell and Gerry Stoker

characterized by a lack of trust, conflict and competition. The asymmetrical devolution which has seen powers taken by Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland also suffers from a lack of engagement and the tendency for Whitehall and Westminster to act without

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Who Governs in Deep Crises?

The Case of Germany

Wolfgang Merkel

showing a greater appreciation for bans rather than offers during the crisis. This might change once the phase of acute crisis is over and deeper distributive conflicts set in, turning the Finance and Labor and Social Affairs Ministries into central

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“If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, hunger will”

Regional absenteeism and the Wayuu permanent humanitarian crisis

Claudia Puerta Silva, Esteban Torres Muriel, Roberto Carlos Amaya Epiayú, Alicia Dorado González, Fatima Epieyú, Estefanía Frías Epinayú, Álvaro Ipuana Guariyü, Miguel Ramírez Boscán, and Jakeline Romero Epiayú

regional development between the Colombian and Venezuelan governments. On the contrary, this historical socio-spatial interdependence is affected and cut by conflicts over geographical boundaries, the transit of armed groups, and the illegal trafficking of

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Coronavirus with “Nobody in Charge”

An open reflection on leadership, solidarity, and contemporary regional integration

Harlan Koff and Carmen Maganda

have exposed many to economic disaster as quarantines have paralyzed economies. Insufficient public services have made washing hands the most effective way to prevent illness, a challenge in many places. Inadequate responses to conflict and migration