Mexico, South Korea, Sixteen Hundred Deaths discussed on Democracy Now! Audio


Lola. Beltran singing more perrineau. That's attornal love the system accuracy. Now i mean me goodman with one solace four thousand three hundred twenty seven. That's the world record shattering. One day corona virus death toll in the united states. That's more than the total number of people who've died of covid in south korea. It's more than the total number of people who've died of covid in japan again through the entire pandemic as the us hits yet another covid nineteen world record. We go to california where the epicenter los angeles county is expected to one million covid nineteen infections by the end of the week amidst reports of overflowing hospitals record death tolls with sixteen hundred deaths in the past week. La is averaging a death every six minutes. The crisis point for los angeles comes this number sore across the state on monday. Governor gavin newsom said the state would open vaccination sites recognize that the current strategy is not gonna get us to where we need to go as quickly as we all need to go and so that's why we're speeding up the administration just for priority groups but also now opening a large sites to do so meaning dodger. Stadium padre stadium cal. Expo these large mass vaccination sites. You start to see those coming up. It's early as this week. The virus has set latin next and indigenous communities in los angeles the hardest as cove in one thousand nine ravages working class neighborhoods where many are essential workers. This is dr edgar chavez who works community clinic in los angeles. Speaking to nbc. It's really hard for us to see our population Doing the work that nobody else wants to do front facing exposing themselves to covid and then dying from kobe and then not getting the healthcare that they need not getting the vaccine fast enough los angeles is in communities from mexico and central america have been particularly impacted as they face both the crisis of covid nineteen and additional language barriers and lack of access to information and care for more. We go to los angeles where we're joined by Delia romero co founder and executive director of indigenous communities and leadership or cielo and indigenous. Women led nonprofit that has raised over a million dollars for corona virus relief for l. as indigenous communities also recently published. A book called A book which i'm gonna ask her to pronounce documenting the stories of undocumented indigenous women for mexico and guatemala living in the midst of the pandemic. Odilia romero is a zapotec. Interpreter has been an indigenous leader with the by national front of indigenous organizations for quarter of a century. Odilia welcome back to democracy now please. So i don't miss pronounce a tell us the name of your book and then talk about the indigenous immigrant communities. And what's happening now in. The midst of this record shattering endemic the morning. They made thank you for having me again By the of the book is the order. By what kit. A women's a word. And wha- colbert indigenous communities in la. County has been devastating. Every time i talked to someone in the community another mechanic die that healer die. The dancer die and like every day we get to talk to people and it's it's a tragedy. I spoke to someone yesterday. And they're like already eight people die in my community. Another woman told me four people dying my community so every every day that i talked to someone in that community there's more and more dead and this happens because indigenous people. We don't have the privilege to stay home and that we go to work right. We have to good a work as we do our undocumented fund. We've heard a lot of story. I don't have money to pay for my rent. The funds that i'm getting through seattle it goes directly to miranda. I don't have food. I have to work. I'm selling on the street. So this puts you that condition that you put yourself at risk to get covid in once you have that you live in a apartment. Some people have lost their apartments and other with other families the one gets infected. The rest will get vetted so. It's been really painful to see the impact of kobe. Indigenous communities that infection rate is very high and when they go to the hospital well the you are there even if you spoke spanish or english. You're alone but as you get there there's no one that interprets inger language in wendy's started when we started the funds it was i- person i know knows person that had been during this summer. Oh worsening my family had cove it now. It's like when you talk to people i have. My family has a family. Member has colbert. My mother has eight of my mother has been in the hospital. Personnel in my mom was in hospital for ten days and her being there being able to see her talk to her being able to communicate in her indigenous language was devastating that she fell into a deep depression that we from women. We thought we were going to lose. Ertz all these is happening with indigenous communities a lack of funds that lack of There's a lot of food insecurity so we're going through a lot currently odilia. I'm wondering when you when we hear the stories and it's one outrageous story after another in recent days the inequality and how this this pandemic is being dealt with. I think specifically for instance national football league athletes of football players getting tested for covid single day just to assure that the football games can go on or we're hearing of these a leat a medical institutions like columbia presbyterian and brigham hospital of vaccinating not only the workers who the emergency room workers who are actually doing covert patients. But they're vaccinating their grad students. They're vaccinating their administrators. They're vaccinating all kinds of other. People really aren't risk. And meanwhile you're facing this crisis in los angeles when you hear some of these stories. What's your reaction. Myra my personal reaction. Our stock reaction is like these. Will we hear the community stories. It's very heartbreaking. There are days when the team we meeting. That evening were quarantined together. And we just like sit there and don't know what to do. Our hands are tied back. We don't we won't raised three point four million dollars and it sounds like a lot of money but it only helps five thousand people you know when people call like. Do you have any food for me. Do you have any money for durant because you know being being threatened by the landlord and then you hear these you know and i have to go to work. I mean fact that when you talk when we talk to people before coughing when we you hear the privilege of others when essential workers are not getting vaccinated aids very heartbreaking. Any kind is very personally very frustrating. Like i i wouldn't have the worst. Tell you my feeling of anger. At times because i see indigenous communities at the forefront from the farm from the cultural feels to the restaurant with the hospitality industry.

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