The fallout from Prop 22, and what’s next for app-based workers; Plus: Why does California’s vaccine rollout exclude people with disabilities? And Bay Area action Sunday to demand mass releases from CA prisons

0:08 – Reddit investors take on Wall Street: the Gamestop stock surge explained

Doug Henwood (@DougHenwood) is an economic journalist and host of KPFA’s “Behind the News”, which airs Thursdays at 12.

0:34 – The fallout from Prop 22, app-based workers now as independent contractors

Veena Dubal (@veenadubal) is a law professor at UC Hastings, where she publishes research on precarious workers and the so-called “sharing economy”

1:08 – KPFA News: The Fresno County Public Health Department along with partners in the farm and food processing business kicked off a first-of-its-kind vaccination event Monday for workers in the industry.  It’s the beginning of a small-scale project to vaccinate 3000 food and agricultural workers over the next few weeks.  And, as the state’s vaccine distribution slowly commences, the county’s board of supervisors are making an urgent demand for the state to increase the county’s supply of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

1:12 – California’s vaccine rollout fails to prioritize people with disabilities

Jessica Lehman (@JessicaLehman47) is the Executive Director of Senior & Disability Action, dedicated to mobilizes and educates seniors and people with disabilities to fight for individual rights and social justice.

1:28 – KPFA News: Yesterday CalTrans started a sweep of the encampment in Oakland’s Mosswood Park – right after one of the most intense recent storms we’ve seen here in the Bay Area. The sweep is expected to continue today. KPFA’s Lucy Kang (@ThisIsLucyKang) reports.

Update: CalTrans provided a statement that they needed to “perform emergency repairs on an electrical box,” though they did not explain further why the work needed to occur the day after the storm. They further state that they gave residents 72-hour notice and were holding personal belongings for up to 60 days for retrieval.

1:34 – Unprecedented push for anti-protest legislation across the country

Akela Lacy (@akela_lacy) is a political reporter with the Intercept. Her latest piece with Alleen Brown is “In wake of Capitol riot, GOP legislators ‘rebrand’ old anti-BLM protest laws.”

1:48 – Weekend action to demand mass releases from CA prisons

Mohamed Shehk is an organizer with Critical Resistance.

Marie Levin is a Prisoner advocate and activist and is the sister of Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa, who has been incarcerated since 1980 and is currently out on medical parole.

Event: Car Caravan to end the COVID deaths in prisons. Rally and car caravan to demand No State Execution by COVID-19! The only humane response is to decarcerate and remedy California’s legacy of mass incarceration. Governor Newsom must grant mass releases now to stop the rising death toll.

When: Sunday January 31 at 11am 

Where: Starting at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, 2777 E Harbor Road Oakland

Info: More info on the No Justice Under Capitalism Facebook Page 



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