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Members of KQED public radio eighty eight point five FM in San Francisco and eighty nine point three FM in Sacramento now eight twenty two it's morning edition on KQ weedy I'm Brian watched across the country students are taking the lead on many marches to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis they got some encouragement yesterday from former president Barack Obama who said in a virtual town hall when he sees what's happening with young people all across the country their display of talent voice and sophistication he gets optimistic in the bay area two teams organized the largest turnout so far in Oakland this week as KQED's Vanessa Ron Kanya reports they are drawing on their own activist roots the March this week fifteen thousand people help to open streets was the first protest nineteen year old killed Riley had ever organized really the young people's March I guess it's going down in Oakland history his co organizer Xavier brown brown's mom protested at UC Berkeley in the nineties after the beating of Rodney king he also points to the black Panthers the native American occupation of Alcatraz all part of the legacy of activism just having that in your history it really formed me into the person I am that's something that's been in our family from my grandfather strong cold front Riley's grandfather is prominent civil rights activist and lawyer Walter rightly his uncle is a musician and filmmaker boots Riley the idea of a connection with my ancestors and what connection to what's right Riley says his family's advice this week was to stay true to himself both Riley and brown knew it was going to be important to highlight the voices and experiences of young people but I'm really doing this just to show that you are wise as well even though the older generation how a lot of wisdom sometimes we do need to listen to what the US has to say brown and Riley are drawing on a history of fighting for racial justice other students to join them in the streets this week reflecting an activist muscle home and more recently Jamie to curb graduated from college prep in Oakland last year it's really gain traction because of how much organizing experience you've had in the past based on these other issues like I know kids who are involved in organizing that were also involved in like the gun violence walkers that we did all of those people saw firsthand if you want something to change that their actual actions you have to take another recent Oakland grad ruby bin Lazar who founded the group bay area student activists in the aftermath of the school shooting in parkland Florida in twenty eight teen those students lobbied in Sacramento input on voter education events she says today she sees them posting specific advice like where to donate money to bail protesters out and how white people can use their bodies to help protect black and brown protesters from police if needed she feels like maybe in this moment there's a real opening for change the pandemic has shown how valuable our world doesn't it doesn't make any sense why it's the whole world can shut down in a minute and that the whole world can do that for corona why we can't come up with some better solution to what's happening I just want to tell people that no matter how hard hard you think it is is for a great cause so just to push through and that anyone can do it for real anyone right now brown and Reilly or thinking about their next moves really does harm they would give people access to healthcare housing education I don't want anyone to think that it was easy you know me and it's you over the past few days were very exhausted just constantly you know making sure everything is going to go right it is here to work their whole life to change people like Riley's grandfather who organized a lunch counter sit ins in North Carolina as a young man and marched this week alongside his grandson I am an asset thank god you're kidding me the news while protesters have flooded the streets the pandemic continues hundreds of people have gotten free coated nineteen tests in San Francisco's district ten it's the latest effort from UCSF and various city agencies to test some of the city's most vulnerable residents and they plan to test hundreds more on house to people this weekend reporter Nina Sparling has the story about the community organizers that made it all possible we're going to the line wrapped around the block and we'll have an early education school and the baby this weekend the DJ played well health care workers wave people into medical tents to get tested for covert nineteen I don't hundreds of people received a viral or an antibody test in district ten this week some even got tested for both it's the next phase of UCSF United health initiative which kicked off in the mission district last month Dr Kim rose is an epidemiologist and director of the office of community engagement at UCSF she wanted to bring to the testing to this part of San Francisco when she saw the numbers nine four one two four which is effectively bait you have the second highest rate of infection with covert nineteen in the city the doctor Rhodes knew the community would have to take the lead to get people to come out UCSF could never build that trust or do effective outreach on its own don't let the neighborhood people don't trust so she turned to two women who been working with on other public health and environmental justice issues in district ten Michelle Pierce and Dr money because our doctor Lazar runs the refugee coalition for health and wellness and she says that mistrust has to do with a long history of exploitation or problem look very healthy well something useful because I loved the G. because our on going sexual racism love you know Henrietta lacks the weeks testing in district ten focus on asking advocates for input and working with community organizers to build up trust that's the only way to manage the spread of the virus as peers who runs the Bayview hunters point community advocates this is how we are going to slow and hopefully stop its progression completely around our duty next up is testing the on house population and the people who work with them in the district which is happening on Saturday and Sunday Donny's Coleman is one of over eighteen hundred on house residents and district town the first time when I was here Donnie's got tested at a local clinic awhile back but not many other on house people have yeah I think okay welcome to she plans to get her third code test this weekend and Dr Rhodes hopes that institutions like her own take a lesson from the success of this kind of partnership why did two other types of diseases we're gonna get the print out again it's transformative because we're not in the back now Erling KQED news and I'm Brian what you're listening to morning edition on KQ weedy more news from NPR and Brian also returns coming up at eight thirty John McConnell returns with your traffic.

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