‘It’s a mess’ California’s vaccine rollout slow and difficult, plus your COVID questions answered with Dr John Swartzburg; and Global Day of Action demands end to war on Yemen, militarism in the Middle East

0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: What we know about how the impeachment trial will go down; what work might get done before then, the standoff over adopting Senate rules and more.

Mitch Jeserich hosts Letters and Politics, weekdays at 10AM on KPFA.

0:34 – COVID call-ins

John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

1:08 – Biden and foreign policy in the Middle East

Khury Petersen-Smith (@kpYES) is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration.

Event: As part of a global day of action, AROC, the Yemeni Alliance Committee, Yemeni Freedom Council, DSA-SF, and the SF Bay Area Anti-War Network are leading a car caravan *today* Monday January 25th at 12 noon. Starting at 444 Spear St, San Francisco, CA . Event info is on AROC’s Facebook page

1:34 – KPFA News: Israel has the world’s highest coronavirus vaccination rate. But Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Israel’s blockade in the Gaza strip have received no vaccines at all. That failure is prompting condemnation by human rights groups inside and outside Israel. Rami Almeghari reports from Gaza.

1:38 – Proposed cuts to Oakland Fire services alarms residents, and some argue entirely avoidable

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan (@Kaplan4Oakland) represents the entire City of Oakland as its Councilmember At-Large.

Blake Hihara is a member of the Community Democracy Project (@OAKCDP), a volunteer-run campaign empowering residents to participate in the budget process.