By Jaisal Noor
JAISAL NOOR Welcome back to The Real News. I’m Jaisal Noor. This is our second part of our conversation with Antero Pietila about his book, The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins: The Life and Legacy that Shaped an American City. Thanks so much for joining us again.
ANTERO PIETILA Thank you.
JAISAL NOOR So in part one, we talked about some of the history of Hopkins and the relationship to the people of Baltimore, and this history is continuing to be written. Just last week, seven people were arrested taking part in a month-long sit in at Hopkins, but I want to start with the news of this new report by National Nurses United, which is aiming to unionize nurses at Hopkins Hospital. They released a scathing report that found that since 2009, Hopkins has filed more than 2,400 lawsuits seeking payment of medical debt. The report found Hopkins disproportionately sued residents of low-income, black neighborhoods in Baltimore and argued that because Hopkins is a nonprofit that receives tens of millions annually in tax breaks, something like $164 million alone in tax exemptions in 2017, it should provide care to those who can’t afford it. We contacted Johns Hopkins for a response, and this…