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Public Health Alert: ‘Massive Cloud of Smoke’ on Its Way

by Emerald Staff


The Public Information Officer for Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD) has issued the following Emergency Alert:

“There is [a] super massive cloud of smoke outside of California and Oregon. The wind is changing direction and it’s coming your way tomorrow. You have today to prepare. Let your family and friends know.”

WEMD recommends taking steps to ensure your safety:

Filter your air: Create a box fan filter to keep the air around you as unpolluted as possible. This video will walk you through it (a Spanish version follows the English version). Alternatively, invest in a professional filtering device if possible.

Shop now: Don’t wait to grab essential items.

Stay home: If you don’t have to go out tomorrow, don’t.

Stay updated: Find air quality forecasts here.

Visit the Department of Health website for more information on how to protect yourself from smoke.


Featured image via Washington State Dept. of Ecology.

OPINION: May Day 2020: People Must Be Put Before Profits, Every Human Is Essential

by COVID-19 Mutual Aid Network


May Day arose as a day to celebrate the working class and our life and death struggles for liberation. We honor that legacy of resistance and solidarity today. 

We are facing an unprecedented situation in the history of workers’ struggles and the racial capitalist system of exploitation and expropriation. Amidst the chaos of COVID-19, the rich continue to prioritize profit, private property and control over our bodies and labor. The police and military surveil and criminalize our acts of resistance. They will gladly sacrifice human life to continue the relentless pursuit of profit.  

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For Domestic Abuse Survivors, Staying Home Has Its Own Dangers

by Carolyn Bick


Author’s Note: If you are in crisis or need help, scroll down to find a list of helplines and resources at the end of this story.

Years ago, Ariel Gliboff fled her abuser by getting on a plane, and flying far away. It was hard enough then, she said. But now, with a stay-home order in place for Washington State?

“Honestly, this situation we are currently in is worst-case,” said Gliboff, the Redmond-based host of The Domestic Violence Discussion podcast. “I hopped on a plane, and I left the state, and that was how I escaped. And if I were looking to that these days, with the restrictions on flying and even public transportation — even on buses — that would just limit my options on how I would leave.” 

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