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After homeless encampment fire, Oakland still moves slowly on housing solutions; Plus: The National Prisoners Strike is over but the demands are ongoing

0:08 – Monday’s with Mitch: News headlines and analysis with Mitch, Antonia and Gina

0:34 – Last week, a homeless encampment of about 80 people caught fire in the early morning of Tuesday September 11, 2018. This encampment, known as “The Village” is located at East 12th & 23rd ave in Oakland. No one was injured or died in the fire but has left about 37 people without a home. Approximately one third of the camp was destroyed and the Village community was deeply affected. The cause of the fire still under investigation. Needa B is the lead organizer  of the Village and joins us to discuss the impacts of the fire The Village and those affected by rising cost of housing in Oakland. Gina Madrid also visited the Village site over the weekend and interviewed with two residents and victims of the fire, Aaron and Michelle.

1:08 – Hurricane Florence has downgraded to a tropical storm, however threatens the Carolinas with record floods. Matthew Starr is the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper with Sound Rivers (@SoundRiversNC), a non-profit dedicated to guarding the health and natural beauty of the Neuse and Tar Pamlico River Basins in North Carolina. He’s part of a team that is monitoring the Eastern part of the state by airplane and boat, documenting the damage caused by Hurricane Florence.

1:15 – Hurricane Manghkut has torn through the Philippines and has now reached southern China. Aaron Pedrosa Executive Director, Bulig Pilipinas, Secretary-General, Sanlakas (@sanlakas_ph), co-chair Energy Working Group Philippines Movement for Climate Justice (@PMCJ_ph) joins us to discuss the storm and the impacts of climate change in the Philippines. 

1:30 – The National Prisoners Strike is technically over, yet demands for conditions, pay and fair treatment for people incarcerated is ongoing. Amani Sawari (@SawariMiis the official outside media representative of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. Working with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, they are a national collective who fight for prisoners human rights.

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