To artists, the intensity of current headlines and the ever-shifting complexity of today’s world falls somewhere along the spectrum between daunting and energizing. The following California-based creatives have a lot to say, since they’re consistently addressing questions of liberation, equity and community through their own nuanced lenses and mediums. With Covid-19 setting the backdrop to the reinvigorated movement for social justice in this country, the urgency of art as a tool to navigate personal and political struggles— and the overlapping nexus—is now only further amplified. – Jessica Ritz
FULLERTON, Calif. — There’s red tape running along the floor of the coronavirus unit at St. Jude’s Medical Center.
It’s a clear line of demarcation. On one side, the cold zone, where only a surgical mask, scrubs and shoe coverings are necessary. On the other, the warm zone, where the gloves come on. And the N95 mask. And the gown. And the hairnet. And the face shield.
Another step through glass doors and it’s into the hot zone, where coughing patients in green-patterned gowns await.
It’s outside this unit, in an area not marked by red tape or glass doors,
Indefinite. Or even permanent. These are words companies are using about their employees working from home.
It’s three months into a huge, unplanned social experiment that suddenly transported the white-collar workplace from cubicles and offices to kitchens and spare bedrooms. And many employers now say the benefits of remote work outweigh the drawbacks.
Tech companies Twitter and Facebook captured headlines with announcements about permanent work from home. But the news from a 94-year-old company based in the heartland — Columbus, Ohio — may have been even more significant. Nationwide Insurance is shutting five regional offices since remote work has
work from home news: Work-from-home exemption for IT & ITeS industry extended till December 31, 2020
“In view of the ongoing concerns due to Covid-19, the department has decided to further extend these relaxations upto Decmeber 31, 2020…”
The industry has cheered the move.
“Thank you to the government for their tremendous support on the new ways of working from day 1. This has helped tremendously in further elevating our standing and responsiveness globally,” tweeted Rishad Premji, chairman of Wipro.