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Family of Mario Gonzalez, killed in Alameda police custody, demands justice; Plus: On this Earth Day, we discuss gardening, herbalism, and connecting with nature during the pandemic

Gardeners working the soil
Gardeners working the soil (Photo: larique/FLICKR)

0:08 Green New Deal: What’s in it and what’s next

Daniel Aldana Cohen (@aldatweets) is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania where he directs the Socio-Spatial Climate Collaborative, and he co-directs the climate and community project. He’s also the co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal.

0:34 In honor of Earth Day and the recent uptick in gardening during the pandemic, we discuss gardening and connecting to the Earth

Kanchan Dawn Hunter is the co-director at Spiral Gardens Community Farm in South Berkeley.

Michele E Lee (@workingtheroots) is an herbalist and author of Working the Roots: Over 400 Years Of Traditional African American Healing (featured on KPFA in 2019), which was the result of several years of living and studying in the Southern and Western US.

Plus, we ask callers how their relationship to gardening, herbalism, and food has changed during the pandemic.

1:08 Mario Gonzalez, a 26-year-old father and family caretaker, died while in Alameda police custody on Monday

Gerardo “Jerry” Gonzalez is the brother of Mario Gonzalez. There is a GoFundMe page to support the family.

Linda Sanchez (@Linda4policy) is the Director of Programs with CURYJ, or Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice.

1:18 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was killed by a police officer in Columbus, Ohio at the exact time the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced

Treva Lindsey (@divafeminist) is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, in Columbus OH.

1:34 With all in the heaviness going in the world, we focus on ways to heal and decompress in nature

Kevin Benson is a local entrepreneur and co-founder of the Family Wellness Group, a Bay Area hiking and wellness group to promote healthy living and especially encourage African Americans and people of color to get out in the natural world.

Plus, we ask callers to share their favorite nature spots.

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