"They were taking selfies with white supremacists. My friends and I were maced, tear-gassed, beaten, shot at with rubber bullets, and traumatized."
"The taxes... oh my god, the taxes."
"One thing I’ve learned during all of this is that it doesn’t matter how cautious or responsible I am—my livelihood also depends on the public."
"I don't know if I'll be able to stay in the long-term hotel where I've been living for long enough to change my registration and vote from here."
"My laptop broke two weeks ago, and it has my resumé on it. It’ll cost $300–$400 to fix, which is an unimaginable amount of money right now."
"The CEO said the organization was indeed diverse, despite having only white women in its leadership positions."
"The administration asks students to quarantine and minimize contact points, but I have to go to work in order to pay for school, so that's simply not going to happen."
Some have been on a rent strike, some are on the verge of eviction, some are dealing with landlords who suggest letting a stranger's family move in to help share the cost of rent.
"My boss told me I wouldn't be getting a promotion or pay raise that cycle. I asked for some feedback, and he said I lacked 'polish.' When I asked what that meant, he said, 'You know, your hair, and stuff.'"
"Relying on a social safety net with rent relief or universal healthcare—especially in this busted-ass country—is downright unfathomable."
"It was a deep, raw, emotional conversation, and the FaceTime aspect definitely added a weird element of sterility."
"Workers consistently ask our bosses to reduce public access, remaining open but preventing customers from aimlessly wandering our aisles and increasing our risk of infection. They refuse."