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The US Census Count is still on (online), the CA Legislature is shut down, plus Dr Rupa Marya answers listener questions, and mutual aid projects you should know

0:08 – We’re going remote, as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. Today, Cat hosts from her kitchen and tomorrow, both Cat and Brian will be hosting from home.

0:11 – The US Census Count has started, how are organizers planning to continue the count through the coronavirus and shelter-in-place orders. The answer: register online, and save the trip for census workers coming knocking on your door in May.

Casey Farmer (@CaseyFarmer510) is Executive Director of the Alameda County Complete Count Committee for Census 2020, dedicated to ensuring every Alameda County resident is counted.

0:22 – KPFA News: College campuses across the country are almost entirely shut down, and at UC Berkeley campus employees are among those facing major uncertainty about their jobs and income in the coming weeks. In light of Alameda County’s announcement on Monday for all residents to shelter-in-place, UC Berkeley told almost all staff to work from home, with the exception of employees who serve students in residence halls and maintain other critical operations. KPFA’s Danielle Kaye (@danielledkaye) talked to some UC Berkeley employees about how they’re feeling and what’s being done to protect them.

0:34 – Dr Rupa Marya takes your calls and answers questions on the coronavirus

Dr. Rupa Marya (@DrRupaMarya) works in hospital medicine at UCSF, which is currently testing and treating patients with coronavirus.

1:08 – Gig workers in lockdown

Shannon Liss-Riordan, attorney representing Lyft and Uber Drivers in California and Massachusetts in class actions over their being misclassified as independent contractors. 

1:15 – Inside Trump’s Health and Human Services Department

Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) is a reporter for Politico who investigates health care policy and politics, including the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. 

1:34 – CA was considering a moratorium on rent, until a shelter in place order shut down the Legislature

Phil Ting, State Assemblymember for the 19th district including City of San Francisco, Colma, Daly City and South San Francisco. He’s pledged to introduce a moratorium bill, and we also discuss the Legislature being shut down, and financial assistance for gig workers.

1:40 – Mutual aid spotlight: Teach In With Revolutionary Minds

Sonia Lewis is one of the founding member of the former Black Lives Matter chapter of Sacramento and now runs Sac 4 Black Lives.

1:47 – Mutual aid spotlight: Oakland at Risk

Krista Lucchesi is co-founder of Oakland at Risk, dedicated to providing support for seniors at this time with organizing volunteers to “match” and help with support, groceries, meals or check ins. Lucchesi is also a long-time director of a program that provides free groceries to 5,000 low-income seniors in Alameda County every month. 

We’ve set up an off-air question line: (510) 306-2371

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