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“What we feared has come to pass” – Homelessness advocates respond to deaths of unhoused people in San Francisco nearly tripling. Also: Roots Clinic founder Dr. Noha Aboelata on healthcare in East Oakland

0:08 – Facing bipartisan opposition, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled a vote on a FISA bill late Wednesday night. John Nichols (@NicholsUprising), national affairs correspondent for The Nation, joins us to discuss.

0:34 – Aric Steinberg is executive vice president of development and artist relations at the Sweet Relief musicians fund, which is helping musicians and workers in the music industry pay needed bills during the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more about Sweet Relief here.

1:08 – A spike in Covid-19 cases has made Alameda County the Bay Area’s new epicenter of the pandemic. Dr. Noha Aboelata, founder and CEO of Roots Community Health Center, joins us to talk about Roots’s walk-up testing in East Oakland and how anti-Black racism factors into health disparities.

1:34 – Deaths of unhoused people in San Francisco have risen during the Covid-19 pandemic, but not just from Covid-19. Preliminary numbers obtained by the SF Chronicle from the Department of Public Health indicate overdoses, alcohol-related illnesses, chronic medical illnesses and violence continue to be factors in the deaths of unhoused people. Dr. Barry Zevin is medical director of street medicine and shelter health at the SF Department of Public Health. Jennifer Friedenbach is executive director of the SF Coalition on Homelessness.

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