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Oakland’s small businesses navigate recovery; Workers tackle racism in the hospitality industry; Celebration caravan planned for Saturday to mark Oakland budget organizing victory

Photo: Everett and Jones BBQ, founded in Oakland, has been family-run since 1973

On this show:

0:08 – The confirmed death toll from the Miami condo collapse has now reached 46, with over 90 people still unaccounted for. In 2018 documents, an engineer warned of structural damage at the condo. We talk with Anjali Singhvi, a visual journalist at the New York Times. The Times’ live coverage of the condo collapse is here.

0:25 – Thousands of water and sewer pipe lines across the Gaza Strip remain damaged in the wake of Israel’s 11-day-long attacks on the region last month. Those in charge of water supply in the territory have been attempting to repair the damages on their own, until a reconstruction process starts. KPFA’s Rami Almeghari filed this report on Gaza’s infrastructure.

0:34 – How are Oakland’s small businesses dealing with reopening after a difficult year under Covid? We’re joined by Kenya Richardson, Human Resources at Everett and Jones Barbeque, and Janea Martin, a makeup artist and owner and founder of Faced by Janea.

1:08 – Fred Acebo has over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry the cofounder of B4Change, a group of BIPOC hospitality professionals working to make change in bars, venues and restaurants. He talks about racism, language, cultural appropriation, and inclusion with our host Cat Brooks. You can reach the B4Change team by emailing [email protected] or check them out on Instagram at b4.change.

1:40 – Community leaders are planning a celebration caravan this Saturday to mark activists’ victory at Oakland City Council in June, when Oakland councilmembers voted to redirect $18 million destined for OPD to go to violence prevention instead. More details on the event are here. We’re joined by Carroll Fife, Oakland City Councilmember for District 3, which includes West Oakland, the Port, parts of downtown and neighborhoods north of Lake Merritt. James Burch is the Policy Director of the Anti-Police Terror Project and president of the National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter. He serves on Oakland’s Reimagining Public Safety Task Force.

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