Climates of Inequality COVID Responses
Project Description

"The Real Pandemic: Coronavirus and Logistics in L.A. and the I.E.” contributes to the Humanities Action Lab’s Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice through interviews with warehouse workers and social and environmental justice organizers, as well as collaboration with community-based organizations to create works highlighting the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in the Inland Southern California region. Climates of Inequality provides multiple ways to learn about environmental issues affecting various communities, the historical roots of these issues, and strategies to transition from extractive environments to generative ones. The contrasts between "rapid response" and "slow archiving" are important so that if, for instance, someone was to post a video of someone else's eviction or protests around rent strikes, these projects don't violate their privacy or cause more harm.

Protest, November 2019
Organizers, community members, and students advocate for labor and environmental justice at a rally on Cyber Monday, December 2, 2019, San Bernardino, Calif. These issues have resonated further in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Courtesy San Bernardino Airport Communities.

Additionally, Prof. Gudis and her students, along with community partners, produced a zine (see PDF, left column, Project Multimedia) and a short video spot that is a spoof on an Amazon ad about their responses to COVID.

Finally, in a contribution to The Journal of a Plague Year, the project creator also documented Skid Row and attempts to establish an ethical practice of collecting. 

Translational Perspective

The work seeks to draw attention to the cracks in the social system that have widened during the coronavirus crisis.

Contact Infomation: First name
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Associate Professor of History
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University of California, Riverside
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cagudis [at]

Riverside, California, USA