Q&A: Your tax questions answered; Plus COVID-19 impacts: African-Americans are contracting and dying at higher rates, and countering hate and harassment against Asian-Americans

0:08 – Wisconsin held a primary vote yesterday, despite the pandemic

John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation, and joins us from his home state of Wisconsin. 

0:34 – What you need to know about taxes

Susan Lee is a Tax Preparer, Certified Financial Planner, (former) host of “You and Your Money” on WBAI in New York. She’s also recovering from COVID-19 and shares her experience. 

1:08 – The Black community is contracting and dying of COVID-19 at higher rates

Talia Buford (@TaliaBuford) covers disparities in environmental impacts for ProPublica — she just published a piece on how African Americans are contracting and dying of COVID-19 at elevated rates. 

1:20 – Chinatown communities struggle to adapt during the coronavirus pandemic

Next, we wanted to turn to the topic of how coronavirus fears are hitting the Asian-American community. When Covid-19 fears first surfaced in the beginning of the year, businesses in Chinatowns across the country reported drops in patrons due to misplaced fears associating the Coronavirus with Chinese and other Asian communities. Our reporter Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang) went to investigate what one business in Oakland Chinatown is doing to adapt.

1:34 – Countering hate and harassment against Asian Americans

Alvina Wong is the Campaign and Organizing Director with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (@APEN4EJ)

Lai Wa Wu is the Lead Youth Organizer with the Chinese Progressive Association (@CPASF). 

For more information, or to report a hate incident, go to the Stop AAPI Hate: a3pcon.org/stopaapihate

1:52 – Passover starts tonight. Easter is this weekend. Ramadan starts at the end of the month. KPFA’s Karin Argoud spoke to Bay Area faith leaders about the pandemic’s impact on their congregations. 

(Photo: Chinese lanterns on street at night)


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