IT’S NOT JUST COVID, IT’S THE CRUELTY IT EXPOSES

Photo by Nate Cohen

I’m a social worker and a journalist. Back in the 1990s, I joined a NYC health care worker, both of us wearing respiratory masks, as she ministered to poor, drug-addled, homeless or just unlucky people with multi-drug resistant TB. I accompanied a woman applying for welfare in Manhattan, standing for hours on line in the biting cold, witnessing a man violently pulled out of the line by a policeman, the woman and I terrified that someone…