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Pan-American Unity vs CV-19: Live-cast from Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Brazil, Canada & USA

Covid-19 is now planet-wide, but it is hitting at different speeds and intensity depending where you live.

In the Americas, the United States has it the worst right now — on pace to have tens of millions of cases and possibly hundreds of thousands of deaths that will overwhelm medical capacities and push major economic sectors into deep freeze.

Currently, the US accounts for the overwhelming majority of Covid-19 infections and deaths in the Western Hemisphere — despite having only about one-third of the region’s billion plus people. But the prognosis for this pandemic is that the rest of our region will soon catch up and face grim choices like those that parts of the US, Europe, and Asia are already facing today.

We invited friends from Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Canada, and the United States to talk about how our respective societies are confronting this global health crisis and what we are all doing to hold onto human connectedness in a dark and isolating time.

We discussed:  What can learn from each other? How can we best protect our communities? What does it mean to defend workers, our freedoms, and our mother earth in the shadow of Covid-19?

Our conversation includes:

•Ken Patterson, a senior emergency room doctor from Western Massachusetts, USA.

•Marco Castillo, immigrant rights advocate with Global Exchange in NYC, USA.

•Natalia del Campos, co-founder of the Defend Democracy in Brazil Committee in New York, speaking from São Paulo, Brazil.

•Alejandro Castillejo, Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.

•Natalia Greene President of CEDENMA (Coordinating Entity of Environmental Organizations of Ecuador) and GARN.

•David Huey, lifelong peace advocate in Colombia.

•John Guliano runs a youth and community center in Chalatenango Province, El Salvador.

•Laura Carlsen is a brilliant social movement analyst from Mexico City.

Thank you for watching and we hope you will help us share.


  1. Kirsten

    What a great collection of experiences to share with us.

  2. Adi Whyte

    How is the COVID-19 Pandemic already affecting food supply in Nigeria?

    Especially within the Northern part of the country which is a hub for cereals and certain vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage and onions as well as cereal crops, there is already a huge toll on food production.

    Let’s imagine Lagos State, though not a farming city, the bulk of food produced in the north is dispensed here. But with the lockdown and rising cases of the infections in certain states of the north, the emphasis has shifted from food productivity to self-health protection. Households are immobilized, and borders to other states are closed, even though food and medicines are some of the essentials allowed to move.

    Now with most markets and business closed, food shops are also affected. Even when food products sale is allowed, getting to shops and even engaging in sourcing of food from farms, notably from northern states is a huddle. These are some of the reasons necessitating food palliatives from government. The initiative that some regions and states are even having access to.

    So indeed, food supply is affected, because in a large measure food productivity across the world is compromised. So we expect global food crisis now, and as a post COVID-19 impact.

  3. yes for sure this pandemic virus effect us globally and more worst in US. We can tackle it only by keeping social distancing and wearing masks, using hand sanitizers and following the suggestion implemented by WHO keenly. In that regard i have written an article about effects of covid-19 on our lives. So, have a look on that might be it can deliver a positive effect of readers. And i can write more for you if you allow me

  4. Sibte Hassan

    critically evaluate how the covid-19 pandemic is driving progress?

  5. James Kwofie

    Impact of COVID-19 on Global Logistics

  6. Do you have any chance to become a Member as an NGO( Social Development Organization ) in Bangladesh ? Everyone will have the opportunity to exchange skills and knowledge !

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