In New York, a group of activists and workers excluded from pandemic relief have been on hunger strike for 14 days. Excluded workers include undocumented people — many of them in essential services — and people recently released from prison. They’re calling on New York lawmakers to approve $3.5 billion in funding for financial relief and healthcare for those shut out of the current system. This is one of the hunger strikers.
Rubiela: “I want the world to know that we need help. We’re human beings. We have so much debt because of the pandemic. We can’t even enter our homes in comfort because they’re waiting for us at the door to evict us.”