Strength Thru Unity: Curbing The Unequal Risk Of Covid-19 Among Americans Of Color

WHO: “Strength Thru Unity” (STU), KPFK FM’s newest trailblazing social justice program, will focus on the hard-hit impact of COVID-19 among Americans of color. Some of the nation’s most influential multicultural leaders will discuss why there is a disproportionate risk among people of color and their recommendations for how to curb this pandemic. STU will stream live and broadcast on KPFK-FM 90.7, one of Los Angeles’s oldest public radio stations.

WHAT: STU’s prominent guests include Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo NationDr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical AssociationThomas Johnson, CEO of Family Matters of Greater WashingtonMichael Kurima, president of the Japanese American Citizens League, San Diego Chapter, Christina Mora, co-Director of Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies and other thought leaders. Shirley Jahad of USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and an award-winning public media journalist will moderate STU’s conversation.

Topics to be discussed include health and economic disparities, the rise in hate crimes, looming evictions, remote learning, and the White House response and solutions to stop COVID-19 from impacting Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native-Americans.

WHEN: Aug. 26 at 1:00 PM PST via Live Stream on Zoom and on KPFK.org

WHERE: STU will also broadcast on KPFK-FM 90.7 on Aug. 28 at 5:00 PM PST. Pacifica radio station KPFK-FM can be heard throughout Southern California.

WHY: Today, there are over five million cases of COVID-19 in the US and over 150,000 deaths. In California, there are over 400,000 cases and 42,000 deaths so far. Most of California’s COVID-19 cases are among young people ages 18-49. Hospitalization is on the rise in poor Latino and Black communities statewide. According to the Association of American  Medical Colleges, if nothing is done to control this pandemic “well into the multiple hundreds of thousands” of people will die.

A new poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies reveals this unequal deadly threat on minority communities read the full story here: An Unequal Threat In-State: Black and Latino's people report bigger impact, poll finds

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