Labor, housing, and immigration advocates are planning to mark May Day on Friday with mass protests while social distancing. We speak with four activists about planned actions and the challenges of organizing during a pandemic.
Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, filmmaker, and creative activist. He is the lead writer and executive producer of The North Pole, an acclaimed political comedy web series about gentrification, global warming, and gluten-free donuts. A regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment, Healey has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and his 13-year-old nephew Brian Silverstein’s Youtube page, where it has at least 27 ‘likes.’ He has performed and led workshops at UC-Berkeley, Harvard, New York University, and over 200 colleges, high schools, and conferences across the country.
Patricia Flores is a community worker, healer, writer, and storyteller. She currently works with the Street Level Health Project as an immigrant rights dispatcher and advocate. Patricia previously organized with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) as part of the Fight for $15 campaign.
Rachel Jackson, an organizer from the Bay area, working on issues of police brutality.
Noura Khouri is a Palestinian currently in the Bay Area after having recently returned from living in Egypt for the past year and a half, during which time she spent two months living in Al-Arish and traveling all over the Sinai and Gaza. She has worked for the past decade as a human rights activist, campaign strategist and community organizer, and lived and worked in occupied Palestine from 2005 to 2007. On Twitter: @road2tahrir
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