austerity or a just recovery
A few weeks ago, Yale President Peter Salovey solemnly marked the year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bells rang from Harkness Tower at noon on March 11 over a campus much emptier than usual. In his short message to the Yale community, President Salovey encouraged reflection on the loss and sacrifice that so many of us have experienced over the last year.
But talk is cheap. And the cost of Yale’s failure to act as an institution with moral clarity at a time of such suffering is high. Even though voters repudiated the hateful and violent politics of Donald Trump last November, Yale continues to showcase massive donations from some of Trump’s staunchest allies. Even though workers across the university have kept Yale profitable through the pandemic, Yale’s leaders have decided to denigrate their labor. Even though our state and local elected officials are bringing unprecedented resources to help working people in our city recover, Yale continues to hoard its wealth from its neighbors in New Haven.