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COVID-19 overwhelms the Navajo Nation, community is scrambling to contain spread; Plus: Celebrating Passover and Easter in the time of coronavirus

0:08 – Unprecedented unemployment: 6.6 million people filed for unemployment in the US in the week ending April 4th

Steven Pitts (@steven72853) is Associate Chair at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.

0:15 – COVID-19 is taking its toll among First Nations people across the US – exposing prior health, infrastructure and resource inequities. In the Navajo Nation, there have been over 500 cases and 22 deaths reported, and residents are scrambling to contain community spread.

Denisa Livingston is a Diné Nation (aka the Navajo Nation) member and Community Health Advocate and Food Justice Organizer with the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance.

0:34 – How are you celebrating Easter and/or Passover this year, during COVID-19?

Reverend Kamal Hassan, is Lead Pastor at the Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond, CA. He is also a board member and co-spiritual director of the OneLife Institute for Spirituality and Social Transformation and Campus Pastor at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

Rabbi Mike Rothbaum is currently the spiritual leader of the Congregation “Beth Elohim” in Acton, Massachusetts and is a member of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. He lives in Acton with his husband, Yiddish singer Anthony Russell.

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