Immigrant rights activists lock themselves to Gavin Newsom’s gate; Covid Q&A with Dr. John Swartzberg; BAMBD Fest brings Black Oakland theater online

Twitter photo of activists outside Gavin Newsom’s house by @itzel_migrando

On this show:

0:08 – In “Mondays with Mitch,” we talk to Mitch Jeserich, host of Letters & Politics, which airs weekdays at 10AM.

0:34 – Could there be multiple Covid-19 vaccines, effective for different populations? Does taking ACE inhibitors increase one’s risk for Covid? We answer your Covid-19 questions with John Swartzberg is clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

1:08 – Undocumented protesters and immigration attorneys this morning locked themselves to the gates of Gavin Newsom’s house to demand the freeing of immigrants from detention centers, which are deadly sites of Covid-19 spread. Itzel Calvo Medina with the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance gives us a live update from outside Newsom’s residence.

1:12 – What is the political context of the Trump administration sending federal agents into major Democrat-controlled U.S. cities to quell protests? We’re joined by Alex Vitale, professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and the author of The End of Policing. Vitale says it’s part of Trump’s “anti-crime” platform for re-election.

1:34 – Black Oaklanders are creating theater without physical theaters, during Covid-19, in BAMBD Fest 2020. The public can attend “Spell #7” and “The Black House” by watching online. Ayodele Nzinga joins us; she is a playwright, poet, educator and founder of the Lower Bottom Playaz and co-founded Oakland’s Black Arts Movement Business District Community Development Corporation. 


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