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"With rental assistance programs in place Anthony Addiction Moratorium wire some Hugh Stony, and still losing their homes I'm Craig Cowan stay on Houston Matters. We learn more from news eighty-eight, Sevens Jen rice, and Elizabeth. Travel. Also ahead, we welcome your questions for Twenty-second district's congressional candidate, S-, repressed, and Kulkarni. He's Democrat facing Republican Troy Nehls as the to vie to replace outgoing Republican. Congressman. Pete Olson you can email your questions for Carney now to talk at Houston matters. Dot Org. Also, this hour had enough tricks this year and craving some treats were right there with you. That's why we've asked Star Gaggle of foodies to share some of their favorite local options for cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other Sweden indulgences in this month's the full menu. Plus we learn more about an initiative from Houston, public media and improving maternal health Houston it's called Mothers I. It's a multimedia series that explores a variety of maternal health issues. We'll start with the news update from NPR stay with us. This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen Good Morning coming up with rental assistance programs in place and an addiction moratorium. Why are some Houstonians still losing their homes? We Talk News Eighty, eight, seven, rice, and Elizabeth travel also had we welcome your questions for twenty second district congressional candidates repressed in Kearney first let's check in with news eighty, eight sevens Eddie Robinson with some of what matters. To Houston today Good Morning Good Morning Craig Yeah we begin our update with Governor Greg Abbott Giving County judges in Texas the power to reopen bars up to fifty percent capacity. Starting this coming Wednesday bars have been closed statewide since June to help stop the spread of Covid nineteen for now Harris County Judge Lena Hidalgo says bars in Harris County will not be reopening Texas surpassed some sixteen. Virus deaths and is closing in right now on a hundred thousand confirmed cases but the state is approaching some seven hundred thousand people who recovered from the disease. We've also been following the movements of Hurricane Delta as it moves North West through the Gulf of Mexico as a cat to if expected to turn and move northeast tomorrow hitting somewhere along the southwest Louisiana coastline, and then finally Greg we're learning more about what happened in the North Texas town of Wolf City that's where an officer involved shooting over the weekend left a thirty one year old black man dead police officers Sean Lucas who's white has been charged with murder in the death of Jonathan Pryce. Quickly here, according to a recently released court document price had offered a handshake to the officer asking if he was doing good as Lucas arrived at a convenience store, check out a report of a fight. Lucas told authorities he thought price was intoxicated and attempted to detain them while after unsuccessfully trying to grab prices arm Lucas warned him. That he would use his taser if price didn't comply while price began to walk away. That's when Lucas deployed the Taser which the epidemic the affidavit said wasn't quote fully effective while being taste price appear to grab the officer Stun Gun Lucas then fired four shots from a service weapon striking price in the torso. The entire interaction Craig was recorded on the officer's body camera, but that footage has not been released greg. Thank, you very much eddie no problem that's news idiot Sevens Eddie Robinson, and he mentioned Hurricane Delta. Its. March towards the Gulf coast though tracking east of the Houston area communities to our East Mayfield its effects and discussed the latest we're joined. Now by Lance would warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Houston Galveston office. Lance. Good Morning. Morning Craig what's the latest you can share on Delta's track Yeah. Not a lot of change. We have seen the tragedy edge just a little bit to the West overnight but still expecting landfall there and and southwest Louisiana. On Friday how close will it come to US HERE IN HOUSTON? Well, it's still it's still moving northwest. So it's still getting a little closer than it will turn more to the north later today, and then finally northeast it's for the Houston impacts. Look about the same or going to get you know some rainfall we're going to be on the western edge of the storm. I. Think the tropical storm force winds will stay along the upper coast and won't be as far inland as Houston what communities though within say one hundred miles or less of Houston might be more directly in the storm's path. Yeah good question we take. You know down there on. Galveston. Into Chambers County very far. Eastern. Harris County by the bay there that's the area where we're thinking get the most impact from rain and tropical storm force winds we sounds. Oh go ahead. Oh, just also some high water levels there along the coast from heavy surf. So we have a coastal flood warning up around Galveston Bay. Yeah this sounds a lot like the track of hurricane. Laura. Is it similar? It is ending a pretty close. It looks like it will be just east of where Laura made landfall. But yeah, it's it's it's close. It's close I guess we should also stress though this is not as strong storm as Laura was. Right we think that. Delta. Actually be weakening a little bit at Delta approach the coast, which is good news for the peak win but sometimes, the winfield spreads out a little bit and a weakening hurricane. So that's why we think. There might be a little bit larger area, tropical storm force winds at Delta. So basically what you're saying is the options are weaker and covers a little more territory or stronger a little bit narrower territory. Yeah. In this case I think so I think it's good news obviously that is weakening but will spread the storm surge out a little bit from you know basically from the Sabine Pass area. All the way pretty much across Louisiana briefly what's your message for folks in the Houston area who are jittery every time? There's a storm coming close to us. Keep monitoring like we like we always tell everybody you know we're still good thirty thirty hours or so from landfall. So there could be some slight changes but we we have pretty high confidence in this track at this point going into South Louisiana. Last would is the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service Houston Galveston Office Lance. Thanks very much. Welcome Craig. Houston is in the middle of a housing crisis, even with rental assistance programs in the CDC's National Moratorium in place some of Houston's most vulnerable are still losing their homes. Why News Eighty eight sevens, Elizabeth trove all in generous have been looking into this problem. They join us now to tell us more Elizabeth Gene, good morning, and welcome back to the program. and. Morning. Elizabeth. Let me start with you when we say the most vulnerable in Houston being hit by this housing crisis, who are we talking about? Right, we're talking about a lot of were talking about working class people people who are already living paycheck to paycheck before the next people that may not be English or who may not be fully literate in any language. Also immigrants maybe undocumented or others just may not be citizens. So they're not eligible for the government benefits as citizens that help them stay afloat during the panthers. Those with as we've noted, some of these people are losing their homes without getting an official eviction how? Right. So a formal of channel, court? Prophet. There are a lot of people who are self victim maybe their landlord cut off their water electricity or maybe they locked them out of their place because they didn't pay rent and their home becomes and have uninhabitable basically, and so they're forced to leave landlords aren't supposed to do this. But a lot of tenants you know don't know their rights or don't have the money to pay a lawyer to help them out. Jen Why don't some of them qualify for rent relief or other programs. Yeah, some you remember what the stimulus check a lot of a lot of folks who are undocumented immigrants they didn't. They didn't qualify for that. Elizabeth you talked with a representative from an immigration legal aid organization who outlined how technology and the nature of the pandemic itself have made this situation even harder for some of these folks. Who who was she would have to say. Right. This is. What Is Different Mondays wake immigration legal aid organization hurry. And her point is if you've already lost power or Internet in your house and because you can't pay your bills, you're gonNA have a much harder time. Find some fill out an application for rent relief that online. Let's hear what she has to say. Call this system, and then go fill out this form and then fax me because we're not meeting in person. So fax me a copy of of your or send me an email copy of your identification document right and like at the end of the like, where are you going to do that when you don't have a house and you don't have Internet, you don't have the printer rate like you're making folks jump through these extra hoops in ways that like I mean, yeah, it's clear. It's clear. These systems were not designed for folks that are like the most vulnerable, generous. Rice. You've been watching a fiction courts for awhile now what are you seeing? So Harris kind of course have heard no more than twenty, five, hundred mixing cases even though the moratorium took effect last month and I know it's hard to hear a big number like that and wonder is that a lot it's a lot. So let's be blunt a lot of addiction cases to be hearing during a pandemic with a moratorium in fact John How have things changed since the CDC Eviction Moratorium came down if at all. Well so it's not automatic. So it's still just depends on whether or not people are aware of it. So a lot of inter still don't know that protected. In your reporting, you've heard some pretty dramatic stories about the victims being stopped at the last minute, and we're going to hear from someone involved in one of those who she what was happening. Yeah. So we're going to hear from John Treble, an attorney with legal aid. She also worked with their addiction right to counsel program. She got a call at the absolute last minute last week working with the woman who thought she and her landlord working things out the payment plan but the more just within their rights decided to issue the eviction. anyways. So the constable came in posted that at her house and Fulton, she had twenty four hours. So she called us and was going to be the constable. was supposed to be at her house at nine. Am when I talked to her for the very first time, it was nine thirty two. So it was after the constable was already due to be taking her and her possessions out of her house John What happened at that point. Yeah it was really chaotic like a lot of the application of the moratorium is here but the the attorney was able to send her the foreign that she needs to get to the landlord the constable Emma Court they got it in in time and the deputy actually just went back to. You can find both Gen and Elizabeth's reporting on a victims in Houston Houston. Public Media Dot Org. Jen Rice. Elizabeth. Drove all. Thank you both very much. Much Greg. Up next another candidate interview, we welcome your questions, twenty second district, Congressional candidate, S- repressed, and Kulkarni. You can email us at talk at Houston Matters Dot Org or call us at seven, three, four, four, zero, eight, seventy stay with us is Houston matters continues. This is Houston matters I'm Craig Cohen. Today we bring you the next in our series of plan conversations with candidates in key races impacting Houston's we've invited candidates who met Houston public media's guidelines for inclusion in these interviews three races, the US Senate race between incumbent John. Cornyn and Challenger MJ Hagar the Tenth District Congressional Race Between Incumbent Michael McCall and challenger Mike Segal and the twenty second Congressional District Race Between Democrats. Three Preston Kulkarni Republican Troy nehls both seeking the seat being vacated by Congressman Pete. The Democrats repressed and Kulkarni joins US TODAY WELCOME TO HOUSTON matters. Thank you for having me break. We're glad to have you with us We've also invited Republican trails to join us, but have not yet been able to confirm a date with him. We hope to do. So in the near future as we chat with three Preston Kulkarni while I have some questions for the candidate I. Hope you'll call some of your own two, seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eighty, eight, seventy or you can email US talk at Houston. Matters Dot Org. Let's start simply here. Why do you want to represent the Texas Twenty Second Congressional district? So. We're fighting for here is I have every community have their own voice and a seat of the table trying to run the most inclusive campaign ever in Texas and US history coming from the most diverse district in the country, and then right now we're facing our biggest challenge ever of our lives, the coronavirus pandemic and I think that we need to come together and fight this challenge together not based on partisan politics but based on science based on reason because that's the only way that we're GonNa get through the shelves. So, there is the science and health aspect of course of covid nineteen. There's also the economic impact that it's had millions of Americans out of work many businesses shuttered. The stock market has rebounded, but also you know remains in flux day today many Texans are far from an economically secure situation. What steps would you take a member of Congress to address that? So as you mentioned, the coronavirus pandemic doesn't just affect our health. It affects our entire economy with millions out of work in our education with children who can't get a proper education. This year and parents were worried about their schooling. So the first thing we need to do is we need to wear masks. It's a basic thing, but it's something that has become far too politicized a mask isn't about whether you're Republican or Democrat, it's definitely not communist and un-american. As. Opponent who said in this race is just about respect for other people in the community. It's about respect for your own family members were most likely to be infected and the head of the CDC said that wearing a mask and even more important. I've actually secondly, we need to get personal protective equipment outdoor frontline workers. So that includes nurses many of whom have told me even as this week six months into the ten damage, they still don't have proper personal protective equipment. It also includes our teachers who some of whom are responsible for getting P. in their classrooms, which I think is a unconscionable right now, and then lastly, we need to make sure that we have rapid testing available and not testing comes back within seven to ten days because if you're a worker and you don't get your results back within that time, you can't go back to work. You don't even know if you've been infected within that time and most of our hospitals, we get those results within a few hours. So we need to have that available throughout the country. and. Then, for small businesses in particular, which have been hurt so hard in specific industries in particular such as hospitality such as food service, we need to have targeted relief. For extremely small businesses like sole proprietors, I've been talking local banks. So there's so much red tape and getting these this loan forgiveness. Most of these loans are under one, hundred, fifty, thousand dollars, and we need to make sure we take care of the small businesses and sole proprietors, and then once we get past the pandemic, we need to have specific support such a startup tax credits to make sure that these businesses can get scale up again quickly and we can get back to normal, which is what we all want. Do, you support Governor Abbott's decision to increase the capacity for. Area Bars Dope and backup and other businesses to increase their capacity. So I think what we need to do is stop turning these things into political decisions You know when people ask me my position about school opening up, I tell them that that shouldn't be a decision made by politicians. It should be made public health experts and so I think that's that's one of the problems right now is that we've attacked our public health experts are certain politicians have you know the leading expert in infectious disease in the country has been attacked we haven't been listening to the scientists that we've been making everything into a partisan issue. So for example, if we set standards on. The Pass Ity we says standards on hospitalization. If we standards on positively on debts, we don't meet those standards. We don't just say well, there's an election coming up or a certain date that I want to open this up by we listened to the public health experts and I think the the people who are leading on this issue are are making sure that we trust the experts I and we believe in science science is not red or blue it's not right or left behind a shared reality shared future for all of us. That said here in twenty twenty I'm sorry to say American seem to be divided over just about everything. Among those things protests since the police death of Houston's own George Floyd of focused on systemic racism if you were elected to Congress, what steps would you take to address that in America? Sure. So I think obviously, this is a a very sensitive issue for our entire society change changing social consciousness around Racial Equality we bury George Floyd in our district entire land just a few months ago and I was there the funeral I was out there at the protests because I do believe the black lives matter but I also support our police I was at. The anniversary of Israel for some deep volleyball was a hero who was killed in the line of duty last year and I think this has to do with all of these other the pandemic whether it's climate change or whether it's police reform is that we need to reframe this the the way to get past this partisanship has to turn this around into challenge for entire community. So we police reform and challenges. How do we make safer communities how to make sure that the community can trust the police and the police know communities that they're serving and so that comes with commonsense reforms like body cameras like implicit bias training like making sure. That when police officers commit infractions, they don't get shuffled from one department to another, but they actually get removed from system and what that does is it actually creates greater trust in the police because we know that our system of law is actually equal for everybody and when the community can trust the police, it actually makes police safer and the community safer, which is our ultimate goal. So what then is the role of the federal government specifically specifically Congress the House of Representatives that you that you would like to be elected to to address these particular challenges and I asked this noting that just a few minutes ago you were saying in certain cases things like. Policies regarding the pandemic the focus should be on what health experts say well, what should politicians actually elected officials engage in debate over? So. I think what a elected officials should be doing is they should be coming together across the aisle looking at the evidence and we all have different constituencies but we have a very educated constituency here. We have a very diverse constituency in Texas twenty two we go from Katie's just sugarland prepare land all the way to clear lake and friends would. End, our our community is made up of all different faiths, all different ethnicities, national origins, one quarter of immigrants we speak over one hundred languages. So in our campaign, for example, we're campaigning in twenty seven different languages to run the most inclusive campaign ever, and so when I represent my community in Washington I'm GonNa talk about their concerns, but I also realized that. Other representatives they are. They are listening to the concerns of their constituents way that we come together. If it's Ms to put the politics aside for a minute and talk about what is the common challenge we don't have to agree on all the answers we have to agree on what the problems are I met applies to healthcare applies to climate change that applies to racial equality in our society and art. The bottom line is that our country wasn't founded by a bunch of people who agreed on everything her country was founded by people who disagreed very strongly on certain issues, but they agreed on one thing that we were stronger together as A. Nation and we were thirteen separate holiday that means that I have your best interests at heart and you have my best interests at heart. Otherwise, we wouldn't be a nation and so our differences. We can work them out at a table like adults on the basis of evidence and I think we need more of that I come from a background in policy with over fourteen years in the foreign service serving overseas in places like Iraq and Russia and Israel If I could sit across the table from someone in Iraq who literally wanted to kill me, I can sit across the table from Republican and work on a healthcare bill on immigration. This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen. We're talking with three Preston Carney the Democrat running against Republican Troy Nehls for the Texas Twenty Second Congressional district seat. We welcome your questions and comments for Carney at talk at Houston matters dot org or seven, one, three, four, four, zero, eight, hundred, eight, seventy. It is possible that the majorities could shift in either the House or Senate in November but let's let's consider the possibility at the moment that. and. Let's say you get elected. To the twenty second Congressional district seat and you get to Washington and there's a democratic led House and Republican led Senate like we have now. And the ability for the two houses of Congress to come together to pass legislation critical to US citizens like the virus relief bill that at the moment seems now to be stalled potentially till after the election without any White House support. Let's say things are as difficult as ever. What are you willing to do to help break those logjams? So I mean first of all I think there are a lot of things that we can work on together from a bipartisan perspective, a great examples infrastructure So around the Houston area, for example, we need to invest in better infrastructure to protect us from flooding. We've had five hundred year flood event after five hundred year quite event, and some of those we relatively simple like shoring up levees. Some of them might be major infrastructure projects if we're building a canal namic pumping all the way out to the Gulf for example, we need to invest in in. Transportation Infrastructure, you know high speed rail between Dallas and Houston as well as public transportation on both ends, and then of course, telecommunications infrastructure, which we've found to be extremely important during the pandemic where telehealth has become very important. So those kind of things I think we can find common ground. We can find issues that we want to work on together across the and then there's the attitude that we take to Washington and I can tell you after twenty sixteen when our country was. So divided I reach out to Republican colleagues we started a group called breaking bread. It wasn't a debating group, but we do is we would meet wants to a week to have a meal with each other and one person would talk about a concern that they have and somebody else for the meal would have to restate that concern in different words not respond to it, and usually what would happen is you find that it was a character what someone else said, and so you'd go a few rounds of this and at the end of it when the first person finally says that the second person gets they see where they're coming from then you throw it up open to the entire group. to try and address the first person's concerns without violating the second person's values you don't always come to an answer, but you do is you re frame the question and that's I think what we need to do in Washington we need to reframe all these they not as a zero sum game, but as challenges when when John Kennedy challenged us to go to the. Moon right here in Houston it wasn't a challenge for Republicans or Democrats to challenge. Dr Tire Society after nine eleven, we didn't divide into Republicans or Democrats came together around national towns right now with Corona virus, we're facing the greatest national challenge of our lifetimes and when we when we see those challenges in front of us, we should use that as an to unite not divide. We have seen a congress able to pass something related to corona virus. Relief. And the that has happened in the last several months you mentioned infrastructure is something that seems to be a topic of interest to both Democrats and Republicans, and where you think maybe there could be a meeting of the minds but that's also something that we've heard the last several years especially the last few years since Hurricane Harvey. There's been a lot of focus here on it. And yet, we don't necessarily see legislation actually come out as a result of it. Why do you think that is? I I think it's because we get divided along these other issues there. There's really inflammatory issues out there that they make for good theater they make for good tweets, but it doesn't make for good governance and the honest truth is you're probably not going to see a lot of tweets from measor congressman. You're probably gonNA, see a boring congressman 'cause not wearing a hat that says you know. You know build this wall where or bandits this or destroy this. You'RE GONNA, see rolling up his sleeves and actually doing the hard policy work with this is boring sometimes wonky. But if it's what gets the job done and so I think. Looking. For people across the aisles were actually problem solvers who want to actually work on the problems that are facing our entire community and our entire society that I'm GONNA be looking for I'm going to be seeking out those opportunities for people on the other side who who want to do this work. All right. So what are some other boring wonky examples you can share with us? Well I. I give you probably something that's maybe not so boring people around here climate change the good example of a place where we should be working together. Right. There's this false cy Kadhamy between having good jobs here in Texas or having a clean environment I I think that's the wrong framing. We should be talking about how to expand the energy economy here So for example, we leader and oil gas, but we're also leader. And Solar. Here we should be the leader I've start we're the leader in wins here where we should be the leader in solar in Texas but that involves investing in new technology I was talking to a company, the other day that is condensing air into liquid form for storage we should be drilling even deeper because if you drill deeper guess what there's geothermal energy underneath us, we should be tying our grit. There's an eastern. Rid the United States and western to the United States and then there's Urquhot was basically for Texas, we need to tie these together and and use those those same skills that we have in. So many of the engineers are working oil and gas they can work on issues like carbon sequestration I know many people who are working on that right now. So the bottom line is that you refrain these debates into a common national challenge. To put that to the people of Texas and say, we have the best in the price mind here how do we create the jobs of the twenty first century? There will actually give us a renewable energy economy. She'll give us a clean environment which will help mitigate the effects of climate change and progress the kind of future that all of our future generations and children walking. Let's take a call. We have ron on the line from Fort Bend, Ron. What's your question for? Serie. Preston Kulkarni. So thank you for taking my call the my question is along the lines of what you just said. yes. We do have a lot of very bright engineers here, but they're pretty much most of them were working in the oil and gas industry which has. Historically. Being quite resistant to Nubile. Energy and clean energy technologies talks from carbon sequestration and things like that. What. Type of policies would you try to promote in terms of developing more solar and wind? And Energy Storage, and technologies of that kind and how would you convince? traditional engineers who worked for decades and oil and gas to transition. Thank you. So I didn't the bottom line. Thank you very much for the question. The bottom line is that the investments that we make as a society they reflect our values and so. If we make investments in the technology, we make investments in the infrastructure. Then the jobs that will come because the turn of the Twentieth Century A lot of people thought that we'd have huge unemployment because the horse and buggy industry with going out of business. That's not what happened back just the opposite and so instead of looking backwards and saying, why are we losing these jobs in fossils and we lost a lot of jobs in the fossil fuel industry and according to. Recent estimates as many as seventy percent of them are not going to be coming back within the next year, we should be thinking how is it that we create the jobs of the twenty th century, and you see the kind of investments that we make at scale with the federal government. For example, the IPHONE that I'm talking on right now many of the the much of the technology that we. Use every single day came from investments by the Federal Government I. So we make those kind of investments create that infrastructure i. think that's what Crepe, the opportunity for people like I said somebody somebody who's an expert in drilling can use those skills to to drove leaper geothermal energy. One example I look to, for example, is Iceland they have most of their energy comes from geothermal energy or Norway where. Oil is their number one source of revenue. What are they use it for? They invest that money into a renewable means I think that that's how we think of things at the federal government letter will level what are the investments that we're making right now they're not just for six months or one year down the line, but for an economy that's going to be working ten years, twenty years, thirty years down the line. Repressed and Kearney is the Democratic candidate for the Texas. Twenty second district seat is opponent is Republican Troy Nehls. Again, we have invited nails to join us for an interview on an upcoming program. He has not yet agreed to do so but we'll continue to pursue that over the coming weeks three Preston Carney, thanks for talking with us. Thank you so much and by the way for everybody out there listening, this is the most important election of our lifetimes we know that the are. Of our children is at stake. No. Our economy of say, can our lives at stake? So if you want to get involved election starts Tuesday but you can go on our website at three twenty twenty dot com that's Sri two, zero zero, dot com slash action join one of our event this Friday we're doing a reach competition which allows us to reach into every community. So. If you know people within our district and Sherwin Perelman Katie Clear Lake where you live there, we'd love to have you part of that because you can help us connect communities and then on Saturday we're doing a phone bank with secretary Gusto former presidential candidate. So please go on our website Sri Twenty, twenty, dot com slash action join one of our events because. This is the most important election of our lifetime and we cannot sit out. All right. Thank you. Sir. Benjamin. Twenty twenty. Well, something. And while we can't condone eating your feelings about this most challenging year, we wouldn't blame you and in light of the many sweet treats Houston area restaurants provide We thought you might WanNa hear about some of them in this month's installment of the full menu it's next as Houston matters continues. This is Houston matters. I'm Craig Cohen head enough tricks this year craving some treats I'm right there with Ya. That's why we've asked our Gaggle of food to share some of their favourite local options for cookies, cakes, ice cream, and other sweet indulgences in this month's installment of the full menu. Flawed with Swanky Maven, I'm David left which associate editor as you food finder I'm Eric Sandler food editor for Culture Map. Of Tokyo. John Inland. With A. Section in the MEMES I'm dancing in. Say. When trick good shrieks well, the we want something good to e. what's he got fella she got something for me. October trees, Halloween sweets. And Comfort thing. We still need lots of comfort. And we do. We need the we need the comfort. We need the comfort that comes from sugar. That's. I don't really understand salty snack people I mean. Nice that they exist. I always wind. Chocolate. In moments of we. See Wider. Limit Myself I. Go for me to you know what I can appreciate those folks because I go for sweet. Tangy. Sweet Salty. Sweet Tangy. So there's a place for them. Let's give. What about those sweet things combine both I'm thinking of the fluff baked bars couch potato. My vein rates that Scott in L. potato chips and chocolate chips and I don't know where all all teeth raisin. which sadly kind of like is she eric young if you have an update of cheese can be able to reopen yes she's she's working on it. You know she had a dispute with the city. We'll leave it at that and construction continues and it's getting closer Thanksgiving pies from flip big Bar I. Think we'll definitely happen Halloween cookies I am hopeful fingers crossed. Yeah and yet you should has popped up here and they're selling her great wonderful cookies and other sweets. UPS had follow her on Instagram because she announces there. But yes, Eric. I'm glad that you brought that up eric likes couch potatoes. So see you are kind of a bootleg sweet and salty guy. More than one. Wasting one Eric. One hundred percent true. You've mentioned instagram and so I do just want to talk very briefly because there are bakers who primarily operate on instagram you order through. Direct message or email, and then you you pick it up. Right? They don't have a retail storefront, but just a couple of my favorites Christina. who was it common bond and then went to work on the West Coast. She's back home in Houston the bake happening Andrea Viggo Tari, she was A. Market for a long time, she does all kinds of decorated cookies and. She's got a lot of really fun Halloween designs up right now and then wink by Erica. This is where all of my nieces birthday cakes come from because she does really elaborate Unicorn cakes and stuff like that. multi-layer multicolor hurricanes are beautiful and I had the opportunity tastes them then not only beautiful but they tastes delicious. And it's become a family favourite mice sweets have. Focused on a lot of ice cream and of course, things I can pick up at the farmer's market and there's also some overlap between the two but the farmer's market I. Always I always have to hit up my sewn just. And get her macaroni. I'd actually be if I came home with the my daughter would be really upset that the toddler and then the other thing I always like to get there is little kitchen there approach leans and bourbon balls, and also they're probably chocolate chip cookies which are phenomenal. And a couple other things that they did mention ice cream to throw out and I've been picking these up. You can get some of this at the farmer's market actually often get an antidote but a big fan of honey child sweet cream. She does these frozen custard and all kinds of local flavor like do burying and again Carleen and P. Con and some other one. So fat cats always one of my. Ongoing favorites saying she they get an shop you can get your I've been getting an antidote. And of course, I'm really close to Dawson. So. You know good July toe is always has been comforting into this hot kind of less than fun summer. So at least we've got some sweets to keep us happy through ice cream to cool us off in lift our spirits. The pistachio gelato adultery nerve is maybe is the best pistachio I've ever had. I I'm a big ice cream person to cloud ten obviously. Especially Their Cafe Ciudad that Vietnamese coffee flavors unbelievable, and then Jenny splendid ice cream I know we all like to shop local genesis from clevelander Ohio. But they make their ice creams the right way and all of their flavors tastic. For me when I think of comfort and sweets bay. Ice Cream. Out of out of California, but they're in Belair and it's just a fun vibe is like real. You go get your ice cream and have fun flavors. When I'm thinking cookies recently I was like I need a chocolate chip cookie. It's always going to become in bond for me if I'm in that area that still a favorite. Another favourite when it comes to cookies Michael's cookie jar and when I go there I tend to get the Taffy Pecan. That's such a delicious cookie. They have a lot of cookies to choose from. But if you've never had that and you're over there, I tell you to. Out and get whatever you want like a chocolate chip. But at that one, and then I'm GonNa. Go with two old school classics I'm going to go with Hank's ice cream parlor been around for over twenty years. They are banana bomb. Here's the insider tip my Nanna putting ice cream. You won't really want to eat banana pudding any other way Trust me off. So their butter pecan. And their Barbara Kahn is good as well. That is correct and then I'm GonNa go dessert gallery for Awful Dessert Gallery Lemon Blueberry cake again, trust me they give you the lemon cake. They give you the blueberry. Frost cream frosting with flesh fresh blueberries a three tier. Money that's money in the Bank I. Hope you'll have your opinion papers we gave. Some goodies, they're trap megs. You mentioned old school. I gotTA mentioned three brothers I've literally been eating their bakery goods for as long as I have teeth. the cookies. The cookies are are good. I love that checkerboard cake it's it's chocolate and yellow cake. Cut together with like a raspberry filling and then it's all frost and everything. It's it's phenomenal. Well, I would count You could do a whole show on donuts, but I still can't done it's done they're sweet and out of. You can for breakfast, but they're also a very good. Sweet Dessert and I'M GONNA give shadow to my favorite when my favorite donuts is the olive oil donated at Morningstar which is kind of an old fashioned take at that's glazed not. It's not too sweet. But it's definitely one of my favorites and Since you know I've been keeping it. All tra- local most a lot of the time. I can actually walk over the Morning Star pick up a a donut. which has been you know a nice bone it's in the last over the last few months. Right and I do want to mention a couple of newer options just for people white cafe-bakery. Out in the memorial area, this is the new project from a Redman Baking Co. Tasos cats onus he partnered up with. The couple that runs she knew in also you get that kind of savory. Of French like Salads entrees menu thing with all of the bread man cookies, croissants, fresh breads. Just a lot of really really delicious stuff there. And then. Flees. You mentioned fat cat. On a second location up in garden oaks well, if you go up to that development on. Think, it's thirty fourth. There's a place called BECCA cakes and they are making some of the best macaroni. In Houston along with cookies like cookie sandwiches with frosting the middle. And some other stuff that It's it's pretty tempting. New Place. You mentioned why down another relatively new place it's been I don't know a few months I think which is not over on the east end when he's doing some really innovative he's got both savory and sweet needs doing some really innovative pastries, desserts I mean corrected adults another new option to to really try out and Then you can cover all your bases they're not to get coffee and a bunch of good things. I. Don't know if you've had have any favorites there the cut faulk Lavar croissant is is a personal favourite that beef collages really tastes you mentioned that but that's not sweet I. Truly wanted. To get there and that double height chocolate chip cookies. With the Chewy Center, I can't go there without taking a couple of those home. You know what I want to mention. We're talking about you know some people with that. Are you know Vegan? And can't you know they're gluten free there's a good option for you guys, and that's going to be Um Crumble Ville Texas bakery it's off of Elgin. They have some. Nice, nice desserts. Their cookies have cookies and brownies they kind of marry flavors together. So if you're in the area, I would say try them out and then have you been awesome bites company and saw your yards 'cause they do a lot of that gluten free gluten free desserts, dairy free ice cream for people with dietary restrictions or preferences that that's another spot that's popped up on my radar. Recently, that's that's compliant for all of those concerns. Another. If you're into this I don't think they're Luton always gluten free, but they're definitely do Vegan. In that central bakery and they have an amazing cinnamon roll, they don't have a bricks and mortar location, but you can usually get enough the farmers might get. You can get them at coffee shops around town. But there cinnamon this big wouldn't even know it's Leeann. It's so good. Taste police. You've mentioned day soft serve ice cream place in. Chinatown? We could do just chinatown desserts we could do fifteen minutes on that. But very briefly asked the soft serve. Import from Australia locations in both the heights and done plaza, and then I have a low level obsession with beard Papa's the. Do. This cream puff place every time in Chinatown I basically cruise past beller food street, and if there's convenient parking stop and get a couple of cream puffs on the way home they're also out in Katie towns. So not convenient for the whole city, but you definitely have options. One last place that for me is a restaurant that has really great desserts, but it's Rosie Canon Ball. The pastry chef there sean goal has worked all over the country. So, you can dine in and you can get. His Style cheesecake or or some of the other confections he's got or you can just get pints of his homemade, a ladas and sorbets to go. So you've got, you've got dining and to go options and he's doing popsicles on their spritz patio that are all worth trying and pair really well with the glass of champagne. I was GONNA say for folks that are you know still out Kinda in and out you can order from red desert gallery they have their cookies shouldn't get him fro frozen. They give you the instructions so you can bake them at home and those cookies are tonight for will. There's one place we haven't mentioned in since we you know it. is coming up and there should have some cool decorated cookies and. Kind of just feel nostalgic Oh it's always fun getting the cookie polly's and there's other things get it policies but. They're always fun designs and I'm sure they're gonNA have some. Fun decorating cookies as we get closer to to Halloween and whether or not you know people will be able to trick or treat or not. But at least you can you pick up some sweets at one of these many places to alleviate the ongoing weirdness that has twenty twenty and But also have a fighting find ways to celebrate Halloween even if you don't end up trick or treating or. Whatever we end up doing. The next few weeks. This. Slow but swanky. Left which associate editor and Houston Food Finder I'm Eric Sandler food editor for Culture Map and you're listening to Houston matters with Gregg Cohen. Houston Public Media and an initiative called improving maternal health. Houston are partnering on a project. It's called Mothers I. Some Multimedia Series that explores a variety of maternal health issues. HOUSTON. Public Media, senior producer, Mark Armas joins us now to tell us more about it. Hi Mark. Hey Greg Good morning good morning what what's the purpose of this project? So this project came out with improving maternal health, any kind of dives into what the drivers are and are extremely high maternal mortality rates So we're we're covering. there's four episodes the second released earlier this week on Tuesday The first episode covered implicit bias in the medical institutions and the second covered cycling on and off Medicaid and coming up, we'll be covering the roles of midwives, Dulas the health that they can provide, and the last episode will be about Non Hospital drivers things such as suicide, drug, overdose, domestic violence, some of the things that you may not think of immediately when you hear maternal mortality. GonNa. Apply that maybe to the first episode of Bit I, of course, it makes sense when you think about it but at first glance I thought you don't necessarily think of maternal health and implicit bias as connecting what what are some kinds of maybe unconscious stereotyping that might be happening at some hospitals. Some healthcare centers as they treat mothers to be. Right So Debra who talked to in the first episode, She's a former poet laureate Houston. Debra Deep Mouton, right? Yes. Yes. y'All. And When she she was pregnant with her first child, she had complications She had some hemorrhaging there wouldn't stop and she didn't feel she didn't feel heard she spoke to doctors and they were a bit dismissive of her and one thing that improving maternal health had told me early on that really stuck with me is that all maternal deaths start as a complication? So it's important that. These women feel heard when they when they are having one. So what steps are being taken to? Address. Implicit. Bias in maternal health. improving maternal health Houston has few initiatives going on There are trainings that are being ruled out. One thing that was very surprising to me about the whole thing was that when I thought of maternal deaths I, thought you know during delivery, but it actually the threshold for when those are counted is a few months after birth. So a lot of it, a a common thread seems to be. Within the Medicaid system losing coverage, and if you're diagnosed with something like diabetes or. Or any other kind of complication during your pregnancy. In sixty days in Texas you're dropped off Medicaid and and kind of. On Your own from that point. So. That's what the episode just out now is is digging into. You mentioned also, you're going to explore in a future episode issues, involving midwives and Dulas what do you hope to share about them? So midwives and Dulas You know my wife and I just recently had our first child and we looked into midwives or more medically trained. Their focus is on delivering healthy babies Dulas on the other hand or there for support their emotional support Mental support. And so they play different roles but I think both of them are could be very helpful with some of these drivers that we're seeing. You'll also explore what? Expectant mothers to be might deal with in terms of postpartum depression. What are you hoping to explore about that? You know the it's it's such a wide range of of bangs it. Seemed to drive the postpartum depression That's kind of one of the misconceptions most people think that the postpartum depression is the biggest problem but a lot of it is just not having access to quality care. You know you have your thirty day checkup and your sixty day checkup and when I went through this process with my wife, I would be asked to fill out forms that we're talking about how her mental state was according to me. So a lot of it is is these women are falling through the the cracks in the safety of. What do you see is the ultimate goal of a series like this. The biggest thing is to try and. re-address these misconceptions I think now more than ever. It's important to raise awareness about maternal health WE'RE GONNA see I'm guessing more and more people losing their healthcare and coverage in Houston. So, this aside from telling these women's stories and offering some guidance through experts We also have a landing page that has. Resource links for people that are maybe going through this alone you know dealing with the pregnancy is enough when you have an entire supportive family. So a lot of these women are having to go through this alone and they just feel. Very. overwhelmed. So I think the series and the website our hope is that we address some of these misconceptions and create a support base for for these women Mark Armistice, a senior producer with Houston, public media he's working on a series called mothers I in partnership with the improving maternal health Houston initiative as we said, the first episodes already up at Houston Public Media Dot. Org, there's more materials there as well. You'll see more stories in issues related to maternal health there. From this series in the coming months mark. Thanks for talking with us. Thanks for having. And that'll do it for today show the Houston Matters Team includes Michael Hagerty Joshua's in Brenda Ruis, and Brenda vel deviant David Pittman is our technical director. We had help today from Davis Land. Remember to join earning news for Town Square today at three on news eight, Seven Hill. Welcome your reaction to last night's vice presidential debate on tomorrow's show. Ahead of the start of early voting, we'll walk through what's on the ballot this year, the races you. Likely know about maybe some you don't. I will also welcome your questions about the voting process itself. Party politics, host, Brandon. Rotting House will join us to try to answer those questions will also celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of a public television children's program that means a lot to nineties kids wishbone plus our expert panel weighs in on the good the bad and the ugly of the week I'm Craig Cohen Join US tomorrow for those and other Houston matters.
169: Sri Preston Kulkarni on Anti-Asian Racism, Campaign During COVID-19
"If a campaign is just knocking on doors or a campaign his rallies or campaign fundraising and advertisements. And Yeah a lot of these. Things are very difficult to do but if a campaign is being that connection being that voice for the community and for the people I mean at the end of the day. It's not that we have a lot of resources in the campaign. What we have is a network of people and when you have a crisis that's the biggest thing. How do you pull people together to deal with crisis together? We have heard today. Not a victory of body but eight celebrate freedom symbolizing and as well as they beginning signifying renewal and well. It came to episode one sixty nine of the law. Majority podcast where we talk about politics. Culture lives that is of three Asian. American FORMER FIELD ORGANIZERS. I am your co host Kevin Shoe. Today's podcast is part three of three part series. We're doing with congressional representatives and candidates on how their campaign is adapting to Kobe. Nineteen and what they're doing to fight back against the Anti Asian hate crimes and discrimination. That's happening across the country as a result of the fear surrounding Kobe. One thousand nine hundred and fanned by Donald Trump. Today's episode is interview. I did with Sri Preston Co Carney. Who was running for Congress to represent the twenty second Congressional district in Texas? It's a super super diverse district and one thing that has really distinguished. Sri Campaign is that he is running multi-language outreach in twenty one different languages to his constituents to make sure they're seen their heard they're cared for and being included in the political process. We discussed how his campaign operation has been adapting to become a source of service and information for his community during Kobe. Nineteen and how they are helping to fight back against the Anti Asian sentiments and really hate crimes and discrimination happening in Texas and also we talked about the state of America's standing in the world which is very qualified to speak on having served in the US foreign service in multiple countries for fourteen years before running for Congress if you are curious about his first congressional run two years ago listen to our previous episode with him in episode eighty three. Also go check out. Part one of this series with Congressman Harley Rueda and partout with congressman. Gil Cisneros arrived without further ado. Here's my conversation with Sri Preston Kocarnik Preston Carney. Welcome back to the model. George podcast today. Thank you very much for having me. It's exciting to be back. Although it's a strange time I'm excited about the program at least so I yeah indeed indeed. Thank you appreciate that Sir. So let's actually start by getting to know your district little bit. I A lot of people may or may not know where you're running for Congress right now. So could you tell us a bit about the Congressional district that you are currently running to represent? Where is it and any sort of interesting characteristics that exist in that particular area of the country? Sure so my district is Texas. Twenty two which is Easy to remember. Because my name is Shirley Preston Kulkarni and the three biggest towns in the district spell sap K. Sugarland pair Landon Katie. Were RIGHT OUTSIDE OF HOUSTON. The suburbs here and something. That's kind of unusual about this is that we have a very high Asian American population about twenty percent and in fact we are the second most diverse county of segments diverse district in the entire country. Right now we're also the fastest growing district in America and the largest by population. We're now larger than five states because we've grown so much since the two thousand and ten cents and we'll see after this census car up the district but I mean there's a tremendous opportunity especially with all these different immigrant groups like my dad who was an immigrant who moved in here and the district has transformed completely from. When I was a kid to now it's I should really Fresh information I didn't know that district is growing population so quickly so one thing want to begin. A conversation with is first of all your campaign running for reelection. You're on this show in the two thousand eighteen psycho to talk about your first run for Congress love to hear first of all just. How is your campaigns operation adapting strategically or otherwise to this new era of cove in nineteen as released to the condition ground in Texas sure So first of all just going back to twenty eight eighteen The way that we did things before I'm a former foreign service officer so I speak six languages myself and when I resigned from the Foreign Service and came back here We started running in fifteen different languages to try and reach out to all of these immigrant communities And before Kobe Nineteen. We were actually running this time in twenty one. Different languages now Now that everything's shut down. Actually that kind of outreach has become even more important than what I mean by. That is that people feel very isolated from each other and so we we are getting out to communities especially senior citizens especially the people who are by themselves but in particular immigrant communities So If you have members of your family that They speak English as a second language. We WanNa make sure and get all that information out to them. So we've been translating information about the disease and about stay at home waters Working with this group on an APP that will help you diagnose whether you should come in for a test drive through tests yourself in multiple languages. we've been doing Virtual town halls with people To get out information about epidemiology palm analogy about About psychiatry. How people should deal mentally and physically. We've been doing a food drive in a blood drive and a personal protective equipment drive but the biggest thing is checking in on people. Because even if you don't have any medical problems even if you don't have any financial problems that feeling of community gets lost and so having all of our volunteers doing what they were doing last year for votes. We're just doing it for our neighbors now. Just calling to see. How are you doing? Are you okay Do you need anything and if you do. How can we help? Fill those gaps. So that's the biggest adjustment that we've been making and I I gotTa tell you people really appreciate those phone calls just to check in when they haven't seen anybody face to face in weeks. It makes a gigantic difference interesting and hearing a very common theme from you and other people's campaigns right because I feel like obviously a typical in a typical climate with campaign. You do all these outrageou voter contact give people to register to vote and actually vote etc etc and it sounds like for your campaign and some of the others have talked to is almost being repurpose into another source of public service already. Even though you're not you know technically in office you're also doing the work that a congress person already does. I mean so that goes back to the basic question of what is a campaign if a campaign is just knocking on doors or campaign rallies or of a campaign is Fundraising and advertisements. And Yeah a lot of these. Things are very difficult to do but if a campaign is being that connection being that voice for the community and for the people then this is how we do it. This is the campaign. This is connecting communities. It's making sure that if people have problems are being addressed You know we were able to connect for example when I I I went out and we did this. Dry for gloves for masks for all those things that the frontline healthcare workers need in order to test people treat them. We were calling dentists. We were calling construction companies and a veterinarian. Anybody who had those extra things to donate and that was one part of it but in the process Physicians and nurses would call me and say we need help here and one of the major hospitals systems here Their supply chain manager. I ended up connecting them with somebody else who had supply they can fulfil an order so we got an order of a million masks so filled for hospital but all of that is just for making these calls. I mean at the end of the day. It's not that we have a lot of resources in the campaign. What we have is a network of people and when you have a crisis that's the biggest thing. How do you pull people together to deal with a crisis together because you know we we realize? Now we're not. We're not all individuals separate in this crisis. We have to face these challenges together and that's true for for The economic challenges the health challenges the education challenges by and we're learning about more and more towns that people are facing every single day. And so for me. That's the basic purpose of being in Congress. Actually solve problems for people whether it's in Washington or right here in our neighborhood right right and one thing I want to expand a little bit on is when we last roughly two years ago one of the things that really distinguished your campaign from others. Is this incredible multi-language outreach to you're doing before and looks like it's expanded even more this time around. How has that program evolved behind the scenes even with or without cove ed? And how important is that to kind of your strategy going forward as we still need to continue to campaign going into November and all that. So how how is that Program evolved in general. Sure so when we first started Like I said Six languages from my time in the Foreign Service and I said why don't we reach out to voters these different communities in multiple languages. And the answer that I was given was. Hey everybody speaks English and be Most of these folks don't both at their immigrants so don't bother with them the easiest way to lose an election is to As they go after people who don't vote and so we said the easiest way to get changes to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results so We did it. We campaigned In fifteen languages fully last time including Chinese and Vietnamese Hindi at the and African languages. Well Ibo Uraba and the result was that we got over thirty thousand immigrants. Show up who hadn't voted for president but they voted in a midterm election. So we show that this actually can have a huge impact and bring people in and it's and for that question about well don't people speak. English is not really about. Do you speak English or not? But it's really about is saying. Do you see me. Do you see my community. Do we have value? We have a voice and so The same person could call and just sound like any other salesperson on the phone but if you start the conversation in someone's native language immediately everything changes right and it's the same thing if you were going to an African American church and you didn't know anything about African American history or Culture People. Look at you like you're crazy. You're like come both from you. You have to say that your community makes a difference. It's not it's not just You're trying to get their vote from them. If you're trying to talk to them in your specially trying to listen to them and their community and so the weight of that's changed this time even before covert nineteen is we were. We were expanding a lot in terms of the immigrant communities were dealing with so with Asian community. That's very easy to see the just from the voter names here. The Vietnamese Motors. The Chinese voters Gujarat. The that they'll go Nigerian voters would Latino communities just like Asian. They're not a monolith. And that's what we're trying to get Folks understand if you treat all Asians as as one thing you know that they don't have all of these different cultures and communities. Of course you're not GONNA get show. Same thing is true. What is the Colombians and Venezuelans Puerto Ricans and Salvadorans and Mexican Americans who've been here five years and they speak English as a second language and they have Mexican Americans who've been here five hundred years and would laugh at you if you sent them a text message in Spanish? You have to know those community you have to spend the time of those communities and so we were doing that even before the main difference now. Is that all of that entity that we put into building out these networks. It's even more important during crisis because we're not just calling those people saying yes or no. We're actually trying to figure out from them. What did they need right now? And it's specific abandoned at our campaign has no other campaign that I know of the country has to be able to get out to all these communities and a crisis in a disaster situation so has your campaign. Volunteer Corps actually grew during this time or like. They're getting even more involved almost more active in a sense. Then maybe during normal times. Yeah so I mean some people. Of course it depends. You know the answer is always it depends some people if your kids for example or at home right now and you're trying to figure out. How do I educate my kids? And so were kick and still keep my business Flow of course It'll draw more from you. But by the same token I talked to some senior citizens who said man. I'm a senior citizen. I'm I'm living at home by myself. I would love it if somebody called me to check. I'll make as many phone calls as you want. And even some people who are really skeptical of the IDEA I. They came back in there for the man that it makes such a big difference When you hear that Voice of the other end because you know people just they haven't seen friends or neighbors in and week sometimes because you know we're trying to be safe we're trying to be socially distant even from our own family members. I I didn't. I haven't seen my mom and almost a month because I asked her to Stay with my cousin. Just because I came into contact with so many people during the campaign. And it's a tough thing to do. But when you get those phone calls just to check in on you. And then anchors everybody out there you know if you have somebody that you haven't checked in on a while. Just just give them a phone call or send him a text today saying hey how are you doing? Are you safe everything okay? We they'll appreciate that right now more than at any other time And that that we've found in it and it really builds this this strong strong sense of community absolutely one thing I want to explore more with you is of course. There's been a rise of Anti Asian racism and discrimination happening across the country and really across the world and many pockets in parallel to this Kobe. Nineteen crisis is being racial. Lies in people are being picked on as scapegoats. How has your campaign or even you personally been playing a role in this in your district. Had people also come up to you or your responding to this cosworth incidents of hate crimes or how you guys thinking about your operation in the context of that You know discrimination in particular. Sure so I mean just to be clear. I mean this stuff didn't start Just under Kobe. Nineteen we've been dealing with it for a while. There's stuff at the national level. Obviously you know the president when he he talks about you know banning Muslims or you know he he's talking about China all the time during the campaign when he talks about Members of Congress going home even if they were born in the United States. I mean this is. This is happening again and again But this was also happening here in Texas so last year. My my congressman the one. I was running against until he dropped out of the race. He called me an Indo American carpetbagger. Who got his money from overseas Our state representative here. Several Asian Americans started running and he said that the the only qualification they had to run against him was that they were Asian Which is a slap in the face to anybody you know I. I don't know why you would say that in a district that is thirty percent. Asian like his was Asian American. It's it's mind blowing to me that people say these kind of things There was a there is a Republican Party in tarrant county but by Dallas. They they had vice chair. They voted on whether it's remove him from office and the only reason was because he was Muslim literally like they had no other reason but they said that They couldn't have a Muslim in the Republican Party and They they voted on whether to remove him from his position and there was a guy in the in the platform committee Last year who said that? I'm a proud proud white nationalist. I mean this is Texas in in twenty twenty so when Kobe nineteen started you can see under a crisis situation You there's a natural instinct to say whom we'RE GONNA blame. Who are we gonNA eat is right now? Especially if you're if you're the president you're in a leadership role and you're not Solving the problem you WanNa say it was somebody else who Who whose fault it is and you know. Obviously he's he's double down on this. This is the China virus Chinese virus and it keeps changing the name of it from Corona virus to Chinese virus And we had somebody in our district on my opponent my Republican opponent Kathleen Wall. She made an ad thing that China attacked us that we should retaliate against them. We should We should cut off trade to China and some people said. Oh will you know? Why are you being politically correct? You know like don't try to be so woke. I mean everything is named after the place comes from first of all that that's not true. The Spanish flu wasn't from Spain. For example you know but more importantly than that no public health official is saying this right. It's what is coming from Dr Fallacy. This isn't coming from anybody like naming the disease this way. What does that tell you that means and said he would never call it that but it tells you is that it's got a political purpose not public health purpose. So what's the political purpose? Political purposes obviously escaped. Go people and even if you say well. We're we're Talking about the Chinese government not people who are ethnically Chinese. It doesn't seem like a very powerful way to retaliate against the Chinese government. Just call people names here but but we know that that's not true and the way that we know is that the president and his own commercial he he had an image of Gary Locke the governor of Washington American up on the screen saying that Joe Biden soft on the Chinese. Well clearly that that has nothing to do with the Chinese government. He's saying that all ethnically Chinese people are to blame for this. I mean that. That's that's where puts a light? And it's the same thing happens with Latinos win. The president said that people were rapists and drug dealers. And and they're pretending that well this this has to do with immigration doesn't and you you know because he talks about Judge Korea who was from Indiana born here But he says well he can't be he can't be a fair judge all this all has to do with race and ethnicity and trying to scapegoat somebody and what I worry about. Most of all is that we're going back to a time period like the nineteen forties. When Japanese American citizens put into concentration camps? Right here in the United States. Because we felt like there was a threat the bigger threat the more danger there is of scapegoating. Somebody trying to take away their civil liberties than we've seen in the level of hate crimes rise already you know. Fbi warned about it. We had a hate crime just a few weeks ago here in Texas where Asian American family was stabbed. Three of them So I am. I am extremely worried about this Rise in rhetoric. Because you know when you have twenty thousand people dead. Somebody's gotta be to blame. And if the target turns towards the Asian American community that can be very dangerous for us. I mean I one thousand percent share your worry and definitely. There's a lot of frustrating aspect involved if I were to try very hard to pick a moment or some kind of instance of optimism is that there's a lot more hopefully solidarity being built. I've certainly seen a lot of Muslim. Americans and folks with Brown skin in general who suffered a lot and still continue to this day of hey crime rooting rooted from nine eleven and for example coming to kind of support other Asian Americans during this crisis and so on and so forth and your campaign in particular gave the diversity of the district all. Your outreach multi-language wise have access to a lot of these people. Have you seen a lot of kind of cross cultural sollidarity? As well being billed people kind of seeing the connection that the hate crimes that were put against the Japanese Americans in the forties to nine eleven to a Lotta episodes between two now is a common threat as opposed to isolated incidents in our history. Yeah absolutely I mean the the bottom line. Is that any any minority if any minority threatening the United States it threatens all of us and it doesn't matter whether you know we're East Asian or South Asian or Latino or African immigrant Those kind of attack if you're if you're Okay one of them. Then you can be okay with all of them but a good example is The Sikh community right so The community gets a percentage. They get more hate crime attacks than anybody else. Why does it because people have something religion? Nobody actually knows about their religious practice. The very small religious minority from northern India. But they wear turbans they wear beards and so they they look different. They stand out and they they become targets. And what I try to say people's I say look anybody who who looks different could be a target. This is what happened in in the nineteen thirties. in In in Germany is that you know that I it's the Jews and it's you know a the Roma or are they call them Gypsies. Slavs it's it's whatever group Seems like it could be foreign and the truth is there's a lot of people who still to this day. When they see one of our faces they see foreigner. You know Ted Lieu. The other day. He had people attacking him on social media saying that he was putting out Chinese propaganda served this country. I served this country overseas in places like Iraq. I I remember watching a few years ago. there was a hearing For the Foreign Relations Committee in the US OVSERV- resentatives and we had to Us officials one from commerce Named Ruin Kumar and one system secretary from the State Department and who had also been staffer on that committee more than ten years earlier and the congressman starts addressing them with his grievances towards the government of India because he assumed that they were representing the government of India. Because you were just looking at their face. That's that's the kind of attitude that we have for members of our government so I think it's really important that we have people In our government that actually represent the diversity of America. I mean you see you see it on on the Democratic Side. We have more people coming out now. We have we have a greater diversity than we've ever had before on the democratic side whereas on the Republican side. They just getting worse like Right now I think it's going to be at ninety seven point five percent Anglo on the Republican side. They don't have a single Asian American In in Congress And in all of Congress in the house when will hurt retires they're gonNA have only GONNA have one African American out of the House and the Senate and in Congress? I mean that's crazy as the American population is becoming more diverse One party is becoming less diverse. And I think that if you don't feel that if if you don't see those kind of hate crimes you don't see those kind of threats card against you. You don't understand what the problem is. I remember in November of two thousand sixteen. I was standing with a friend who was on election day and he said to me he said. Sri You just saying this metaphorically you know that Donald Trump's in office you feel more threatened or you feel physically more threatened and And I said I feel physically more than are you talking about because like people do like when they yell at you and people like spit you and and and people lash out in violent ways. I mean that's something that All of us of various backgrounds can experience if we quote unquote looked like a foreigner. I mean I remember When the president was talking about his friend Bernard Langer saying people who who looked like illegal immigrants were voting and I asked the question I who looks like an illegal immigrant. How do you? How do you look like in illegal immigrant? What what what is in your face looks like and immigrant and so I mean all of that is to say that it's just more incumbent upon us Not not necessarily just to get mad at the people who are saying these kind of things but to get more people involved him for a process the more that we have Asian Americans forming coalitions together with the Americans and African Americans people who in a progressive democracy. Which is what we should have and we. We've always been striving for in this country and we're going to be better off as a democracy because we have all of these voices in our country but they haven't been represented. They haven't had a table definitely definitely one last topic. I want to kind of explore with you on the street before we wrap up and I think this is something you can speak uniquely to because of your service and the foreign in informed service you've served in multiple countries like you said Iraq at Israel Taiwan etc. You Speak Multiple Languages and in context cove in nineteen. This is definitely shaking up a lot of our international relations and geopolitics already. And I don't have a clear live questioning here. I just want to get your thoughts as you see the News as you monitor everything that's going on and obviously as you continue to campaign and serve your community. How is the place of America in our world stacking up right now or like? How can we see? International Relations going forward with cove in nineteen being now a massive backdrop of everything. Well unfortunately I've seen some Some recent polling America's Standing in the rest of the world is now with the lowest that that it's ever been And part of that has to do with the our response to so I my first tour in the foreign service as you mentioned was in Taiwan and this was right after stars I back Two thousand three to them for And even in that time they understood. I th- elation testing and tracing a virus like this and so when you see the kind of response that that they had in Taiwan and South Korea in Japan for example We all South Korea had their first taste of Kobe. Nineteen the exact thing and the United States. We saw it coming but our response is totally different and so When when it comes to dealing with these global challenges whether it's a pandemic like this whether it's climate change whether it's refugees all of these are our global issues and what we've been doing for the last couple of years of saying. Oh America's just going to go it alone America I You know we. We don't have anything to do with the rest of these countries in the world. And that's just not the way that our our global society works we have a global economy We have global trade you know and unfortunately We have global diseases that can pass from one country to another. The real question is how. How do we react to these things? How do we respond? How do we work together? You know I take another topic nuclear negotiations. It took US years to get several these countries to work together on nuclear negotiations on Iran. And then we tore that we America's not going to be part of this tour of the Paris climate. Accord's we're not going to be part of this Right now we are. Seeing the results have not taken advantage of the last decade or more of Pandemic response around the world. We we have a worse response. There's no way the growth that we had the worst response out of any major country to disease and now This attempt to like I said scapegoat. China what is doing? They were sending experts and supplies over to Europe before they were sending them to us. We can't we can't just try to try to blame other countries for all of our problems. We we need to figure out how we can work with other countries to Solve these global challenges and I hope. I hope it'll get new people into those decision making positions that New People are those positions of power Nbc that have a more diverse background? Maybe come from either. Immigrants themselves or or children of immigrants light like like myself who who see the world for more global perspective we can actually get policies in place in our federal government that take the world as it is and believe in things like science and Tax Evidence. Rather than turning everything into this. This battle of ethnicities or this battle of nationalism. Because we can't go back to where we were hundred years that we can't go back to the nineteen thirties. We can't go back. To the time we could put Japanese Americans in concentration camps or that you blame other ethnicities for all of our problems. We have to live in the in the twenty th century the twentieth century is global and we certainly hope you become one of those people Sri. It's quite depressing and frustrated. You look at a lot of these trends heading forward but I do. Think your candidacy your campaign. The way its run the with reached out to so many people is really a sign or an example of hope and one reserve just kind of the last couple of minutes to give you the platform to do any called call to action to people out there were. Should we do to help you do what you do so you can help the community that you're helping? Yeah so look. We need as much help as possible and Even before this we were getting people from New York from California to help us you know. They're making causing multiple languages. But as of this moment it really doesn't matter where you are in the country you could be a mile away from us or you could be a thousand miles but you can help with this effort right now. That's the advantage that we have the opportunity that we have. This crisis is that Even if there's nobody in your area who you think is a part of this kind of movement you can still be part of it today so I would encourage everybody if they liked what they heard today. Go to our website go to Sri Twenty twenty dot com. Sri Two zero two zero dot com sign up to help volunteer however you can to participate with the campaign obviously donate their two or email us emails at Info at three twenty twenty dot com. That's I- NFO AT SRI two zero two zero dot com. We're taking interns from all over the country. We're taking volunteers from all over the country. If you have someone you wanNA connect us to. I mean we've had You know recording artists. Who Want to be part of this? We have people obviously if you speak other languages. We need your help. If you if you know people in different industries that you think care enough about our democracy care enough about Facts in evidence in science. Care Care enough about all of our communities. Actually having a boy they know. These elections are critically important. And they want to do something. This is your opportunity to do something so please reach out to us. We'd love to have you on the team and I just want to thank you again. Kevin for all the great work. You're doing I really appreciate the opportunity. Wonderful thank you again for rejoining. The modern maturity podcast. Thank you so much.
"Eighty eight seven in houston. I'm eddie robinson. Just end the houston. Texans have closed their facility this morning after one of their players tested positive for covid nineteen. Espn reports texans announced that they were informed at the positive test last night. At all their operations today will be conducted. Virtually in a statement. The team says the player immediately self-isolated and contact tracing has begun. The texans play the jaguars jacksonville on sunday. And there's been no official word yet on the status of that game. Meanwhile new cova nineteen cases in houston continued to rise but not had the steep pace seen during the surge the summer. The number of new cases confirmed each day has been rising for more than a month now. The texts medical center measures the virus spread as increasing at the same time. New hospitalizations from covid nineteen in huston have remained mostly flat in the long term. The story is different for the whole of texas hospitalizations and new cases across the state have increased drastically over the past month been counties democratic county. Judge is blaming gerrymandering. For tuesday's mixed results. There are political reporter. Angie schneider tells us democrats thought that increase diversity in fort ben would give them the edge. Republicans prevailed in texas second congressional district with sheriff. Try nails beating sri preston. Carney despite called carney spending nearly three times more on his campaign. gop candidates also won three of the county state representative seats. County judge kp. George said it's no surprise. Given how those districts were drawn forty more than five six percent to the democratic side even in tony eighteen also but These districts match is still didn't flip Expected fort bend. County is one of the most ethnically diverse in the nation. And one of the fastest growing. George noted the democrats took three of the countywide contests where gerrymandering was not a factor. Those included the race for sheriff as well as for county attorney and tax assessor collector. I'm andrew schneider in houston. Meanwhile voter turn out here. In harris county set an all time record this year immigration attorney gordon. Quan told townsquare yesterday that diverse voter turnout was a major driving. Force have more elected officials of different ethnic groups than ever before we head engagement by the hispanic community that we've been begging to get involved with the african american community the fact that so many people voted. Everybody wants to participate. Latino voter registration was up by more than thirty percent compared to last year. The harris county clerk's office says a majority of them voted before election day. A. bit mile not as chilly this morning but still pretty cool and comfortable with a few clouds. There's some patchy fog and areas but expect some sunshine to take full control this afternoon with warm temperatures close to around eighty degrees right now. Some clouds sixty four in the third ward sixty. Four near the galleria. I'm eddie robinson and houston support for. Npr comes from npr stations. Other contributors include jones day in integrated partnership.
168: Rep. Gil Cisneros on Anti-Asian Racism, Campaign During COVID-19
"These are things that I I. Can I keep speaking out against this? This discrimination and against racism and it's something that I've done before the virus and something that will continue to do after the virus Being a person of color and representing people of Color. But this is part of my job. It's part of what I see is my responsibility is to stick up for them and to speak out and to be the voice. Not a lot of these people feel that they can't be wrong to go to be the one that will be for them. That will fight for them Because a lot of them you know especially if they might be documented and there are a lot of individuals you know both from Stanford Community and from the Asian Community that lives in the thirty nine But I'm there to be their voice and to let them know that I'm here to represent them and I'm here to to speak up for them to make sure that everybody is treated equally. We have heard today not a victory of potty but eight celebrate of freedom symbolizing and as well as they beginning signifying renewal cage. Hello everyone welcome to episode sixty eight of the motto majority podcast but we talk about politics culture and life through the eyes of three Asian. American former field organizers I am your co host Kevin Shoe. Today's podcast is part. Two of a three part series. We're doing with congressional representatives and candidates on how their campaign is adapting to Koba Nineteen and what they are doing to fight back against all the anti-asian hate crimes and discrimination. That's happening across the country. As a result of the fear surrounding cove in nineteen and fanned by Donald Trump. Today's episode is an interview. I did with Congressman Gil Cisneros. Who Represents California's thirty ninth? Congressional district is a very diverse district a minority majority district that is made up of a third Hispanic Third Asian American and Pacific Islanders and a third Anglo white population. We discussed how his campaign operation has been adapting to become a source of service and information for his post issuance during the nineteen and ways that we can speak up and help him help us speak up against all the anti-ageing sentiments that are out there. Part one of this series as some of you may know was a conversation with Congressman Harley Rueda and par-three of this series is with congressional candidate Sri Preston Carney who was a previous guest on our podcast as well. He is currently running to represent the twenty second congressional district in Texas. Make sure your listen and subscribed model majority podcasts. Wherever you get your podcast listening done and check us out on our Social Media Handle at Model Majority pee on twitter and at model majority podcast on instagram. All right without further ado here is my conversation with Congressman Cisneros Congressman Cisneros. Welcome to the MODEL majority podcast. Today will ever having Kevin. It's a pleasure to be here with great. So let's get started by actually getting to know a little bit about your district. I A lot of our audience may or may not know which part of the country you represent. So could you tell us a bit about the Congressional district that you are representing where is it and what are some of it's interesting characteristics? I represent California's thirty ninth Congressional district. It's actually one of the most verse instruments in the country then encompasses parts of three different counts The majority of the district is in Northern Orange County We have about thirty percent of it is the eastern Los Angeles County and we also have a little bit of San Bernardino County as well which consist mainly of Chino Hills. So the make up a demographic wise. It's about a Third Latino. It's a third Asian American Pacific Islander is pretty much all angler white so it really is a great district to be part of. There's a lot of great ethnic food in the district You know it's a minority majority district And it's a large community emigrant community that's growing district and so I'm proud and I'm happy to represent the thirty nine right so I want to talk to about a couple of things as it relates to the corona virus obviously is really taking over. Everybody's lives in some way shape or form and one of the many impact has of course is on campaigning. And you of course are running for reelection just like every other house member every two years. How has your campaign operation been adapting to Cova? One thousand nine hundred either strategically or even being. Repurpose in some way to be used differently. Well to be honest with you campaign kind of ticket bashing compared to the official side our focus my focus mainly been about the corona virus. And how can we support my constituents So you know on our official side. We're taking calls all the time. We were responding to these calls A lot of the word that I'm getting out right now focused on the corona virus You know a lot of the calls that were having regard to that like the other day we did. A Hall regarded around the small businesses. And how they can apply for these different loan programs that are out there to support businesses. That's a lot of what we focused on the campaign side Really like you said. It's not that it stopped completely but it has kind of taken a back seat and really. We're just kind of doing a lot of the same stuff. It's it's about getting the word out to people using our campaign to let people know about new information on the corona virus What's going out there? You know information about the businesses as well Making sure that everybody staying safe getting that word out. It's become a form of communication You know not being able to go out and to hold events like we had in the past Is kind of really made everything? Go Virtual So a lot of the meetings that we're doing now are the things that we do with a campaign are all over. You know the phone now are doing zoom. Meetings are one of the other various website program that you can use to communicate with people. But that's kind of what we're doing now and that's kind of become the new direction and you know we're we're still kind of figuring it out Out of move forward with this But we have a lot of volunteers. we got a lot of people that are getting on the phone making calls for us. checking in on individuals. Giving them information that's important that we took the corona virus and it's just really our adjusting but it is Indefinitely as a change from how we've done things in the past and as we kind of further into this we're continuing to adapt and we'll continue to make adjustments as we move forward one thing. I would love to hear from you given the makeup of your district like you said as a Third Hispanic thirty Asian American Pacific Islanders third wide. Is I think a lot of what's happening on the ground is exposing how our system is not really working at all or is working for certain people and not working for other kinds of people a lot of it along racial lines. Have you seen some of that happening? Your district or even of course using your official capacity to help alleviate some of those gaps in those differences whether supporting individuals and or businesses. While you know you know I'm a person who Hispanic origin Mexican American So strong connection with the people in the district when it comes on most racial lines a lot of my relatives as well. You know that are also Asian American You know my uncle. Peter who's my wife's maiden my my mom's brother his wife my aunt. Sally is Chinese so I have cousins. That are Cheney they have cousins that are Pacific Islander so I'm able to connect with the individuals. There is a certain thing color that we we know. Were I have a connection with them Discrimination that something that I faced growing up. I know it's something a lot of my constituents are facing right now. Especially around. The Corona virus can even one of my staff members in states You know discrimination. People making comments At him because of him being Chinese But you know these are things that I can. I keep speaking out against this discrimination against racism and it's something that I've done before the virus and then something that will continue to do after the virus being a person and color and representing people of Color and this is part of my job. And it's it's part of what I see is my responsibility is to stick up for them and to speak out and to be the voice not a lot of these people feel that they can't be to go to be the one that will speak up for them that will fight for them Because a lot of them you know especially if they might be undocumented and there are a lot of individuals both from the Stanford Community and from the Asian Community that lives in the thirty nine But I'm there to be their voice and to let them know that I'm here to represent them and I'm here to to speak up for them to make sure that everybody is treated equally right. Definitely 'cause one thing we've of course seen a lot as well which echoes. What you're saying is a lot of people. A number one really getting hated on for lack of a better term particularly asian-americans during this episode of course racism and hate crime against certain people of color has been going on for a long time. And one thing we've been telling people on the ground of course to not only report these incidents but maybe proactively support immigrants people who don't speak English very well people who are undocumented really anybody who don't feel like don't don't feel comfortable reaching out to law enforcement which is obviously a very scary thing right to talk about this stuff and that just makes people fear for even though it's within their rights to do so and one thing. I love to hear from you is one of you your office. Receive a lot of these reporting or a complaint. So you're them and also number two. What is being done with this information gathering rikers? We love to close the loop on this grassroots activism to support people to tell them that hey congress people or people in positions of certain power are doing good with this information and we have a hopeful future in some sense to look forward to. So we've been getting these calls and we've been documenting them in my office You know a lot of we have a lot of small business owners at are of the Asian American Pacific from Asian American Pacific Islander Community That have seen their businesses. Started to go down Right from the beginning when news this virus starting to come out. You know when you you heard people that have like I said People directed comments Ethnic slurs towards because of their their origin their ethnic origin. Just because of this virus. Until we're documenting this stuff and we're taking that information and this is you know some of the reasons and the things that I've done in. Congress is partnered with my colleague grace meaning from from New York to do a letter sticking out against this discrimination. We sent a letter. No I can a letter with my colleagues as well but to the president asking him to stand up and speak out against a lot of this discrimination happing towards the Asian American Pacific Islander community because of the virus. We asked him. You know to stop using you know ethnic you know ethnic turns In regards to the virus which you know when he does that really focuses alight and it lets people you know China's. He's trying to tell people that they're in a way responsible for that. And then that's nothing could be further from the case And so these are things that we're doing and we take information and we take it back to Congress and you know we're doing these letters and we're asking for resolutions and we're looking at you know possible legislation that we can do kind of like I said earlier. Speak Up for communities racism in this discrimination. That's being targeted for the American Asian American Pacific Islander Community. And you know like you said we've done this before the virus and we will continue to do it after virus. That's right so I want to wrap up our conversation with kind of a quick call to action if he were from urine. Whether there's anything that you WANNA listeners to pay attention to to go visit a website because I think a lot of this challenge and we're facing we had to get through it together right. It's not completely up to the representatives. Do Everything we as people on the ground to help you out and you of course and to help us out and is really partnership hopefully in some sense and we will do what we can to tell people what to do. But what are some things that you'd like folks to pay attention to so that they can help you do what you do while there? There's a few people can go to first of all anybody can go to my website Scenarios Dot House Dot Gov and really check that out and kind of we have a lot of the current information. That's up there. You're maintaining island the stuff that we've been doing To go out there and let people know we've been working on and and just a lot of you know stuff from the CDC but people can always go to the CDC website as well. You know in regards to public health to find out what the wouldn't new information is coming out as long as they're county public health department as well but also In regards to a lot of the discrimination I think people should go to Asian Americans advancing justice in read a lot of the information on that website and really communicate with them especially. They're facing a lot of this discrimination. But but continue please if anybody is out there facing discrimination Please you gotta speak up and you got to let people know we're going to be able to go to fight. The chancing is if we can work together and work on this these issues together and this is why it's important for my constituents to let me know the racism and discrimination that they're facing so I can like I said earlier be their voice that they're afraid distinct up I can be bad boys and that will take the message for then. I will work with my colleagues To make sure that we fight against racism we fight against discrimination not only for Asian American community but also about their immigration. Discrimination Definitely Congressman Cisneros. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to join us and give us your thoughts and also everything that you're doing. We we really really appreciate it. Well thank you for having me really do appreciate it.