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interviews from this season of vfc and what a year it has been. the calls for social justice, racial equity and reform only grew the movement that reached a fever pitch after george floyd was murdered in may of 2020 sustained into 2021 his last words, i can't breathe continued rallying cry for change underscored by this year's trial and verdict of the former officer who killed him. another call to action emerged in 2021 stop asian hate community standing up after a rash of attacks and racism directed towards the aapi community, particularly our elders, and covid-19 continued to take loved ones from us the virus revealing inequities in every part of our society. we begin today with a look back at the verdict in the trial of derek chauvin. we, the jury in the above entitled matter as to count one unintentional second degree murder while committing a felony buying the defendant guilty, okay? thank you all. amen
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because justice for george means freedom for all. today we feel a sigh of relief still cannot take away the pain. a measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice. we need true justice. that's not one case that is a social transformation that says that nobody's beneath the law and no one is above it. 10 hour. that's how long it took a jury to find x. minneapolis police officer derek chauvin guilty of murdering george floyd guilty about intentional second degree murder guilty of third degree murder guilty of second degree manslaughter. children will be sentenced in eight weeks. minneapolis and cities all across the nation awaited the
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verdict on edge as the judge read the jury's decision. communities erupted in cheers declaring a measure of justice was served. floyd's brother said. it was a pivotal moment for their family and for the world. this was the crowd outside a cup foods where george floyd took his last breath after seven neil on his neck for more than nine minutes. floyd's death re ignited a civil rights movement unified calls for racial justice and police refor. after the verdict, floyd's brother proclaiming today we are able to breathe again. a lot of days that i prayed and i hope and i was speaking everything into existence. i said, i have faith that he will be convicted and this is the first time in the history of this state that a white police officer has been convicted. we don't find pleasure in this. we don't celebrate a man going to jail. we would have rather george, be
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alive. amen. for more reaction on the verdict and what it means moving forward. we're joined by civil rights attorney and dante pointer. dante let me start by asking your initial reaction to hearing the verdict in this one case. you know there was a sense of relief. there was a sense of joy for justice. but there's also the feeling that. this is just one case. this is just one tragedy, but there are so many others that deserved the same amount of justice as george floyd and shopping. yeah dante, the prevailing message that we have heard from many is this is not justice, but just a step in the right direction. what do you hope this may lead to across the board as you relate to some of those other cases. sure well, the ultimate conclusion would be that police shootings. police is
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60. asian police violence what would be eradicated because of this verdict because of the conviction, but that's naive to think that what it's going to take the link between what were the hope and where we're at in terms of our reality. is this going to take vigorous prosecution from district attorneys and prosecutors throughout the country because the local police officer has to know that if they step out of line and violate the oath? they step out of line and violate their training that they will be held accountable and responsibl. there have been other recent high profile police shootings, including the killing of dante, right. what does that tell you about the need for widespread police reform or a bigger focus may be on the escalation tactic, especially as it pertains to policing the black community. what with all of this tells me that the rash of shootings. and
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frankly, the long history of shootings and deaths at the hands of police is that it's the officers themselves. when we start talking about how they interact with communities, in particular the black community. or anyone that's in a crisis is they need to really be using the skills that they've been trained to have deescalate situations. officers are trained that communication establishing report. and trying to deescalate a situation is how to ensure that not only they go home to their families safely night, but also the person that they're dealing with gets their due process, whether that's in court or you know the police interaction, you get your ticket and go home. that but when you ignore that, and instead you ratchet up their situation instead. when you escalate the tension, then that's where you shoot first and thank you only have to answer questions later. that's when you're going to continue to see what we've all been dealing with and seeing in our timelines, multiple acts,
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police shootings and violence, dante, minnesota attorney general keith ellison said. we need true justice. that's not one case that is a social transformation. what does social transformation as it relates to public safety in america? look like to you. transformation means to me. i mean, it's multifaceted part of it is reimagining how we can keep our community safe and not thinking of it as a military exercise or an occupying force or us first them or the thin blue line that's keeping the heathens the thugs from overrunning. a civilized society because when you approach it in that from that prism or from that lens, then you no longer see people as being humans. you see them as subjects to be conquered or forced to comply, and so that leads officers to use force at a higher rate in some communities, rather than others. instead when we need to be thinking about as
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a society and as a country is do we need armed response to every situation where somebody is looking for help because they're in a mental crisis, or there's a dispute of some sort. are we approaching each and every person as a law enforcement officer with respect and dignity and trying to preserve life versus being so ready to take life? and so that's the type of transformation we need. we need the transformation where the officers are there, protecting and serving versus beating and killing just over a month after the jury found shoving guilty, the community marked the somber anniversary of one year since floyd's murder congress has to this day failed to pass any meaningful police reform to mark the one year point. we spoke to police chief, a mayor and an activist about what's changed what hasn't and the work that still needs to be done? nothing to lose. but as the nation marks the somber occasion of one year since george floyd's murder, we
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asked three bay area leaders to reflect on a movement people from all over the world who rose up and. you know, really stood tall and proud for racial justice. what's changed to see this country change and the country finally recognize that there's a need for changes in law enforcement and the long road ahead. not enough has changed with without a doubt in the wake of another high profile death of a black person at the hands of a police officer, protests and rallies spilled in the bay area streets, one of the largest student led demonstrations in oakland tech, organized in in part by xavier brown. brown has continued his activism and doesn't see derek chauvin's recent conviction as justice rather accountability. we are surprised when things actually go the way that they're supposed to go where the murderer is convicted, brown says. there's been lots of talk about reform, but not enough action. he's disheartened by new cases and reports of alleged
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police brutality. brown wants the momentum towards true change to continue, including efforts to defund the police. i feel like if we invest into those mew nitties for the future generations. there will be a decrease of crime because they will be in general better and farming. i was tired of the talk and reading the data. i wanted to put into action, something that i knew would be helpful. hearing those calls. san francisco mayor london breed and supervisor shaman walton announced the dream keepers initiative. the plan redirects $120 million from law enforcement over two years into the black community. sfpd chief bill scott supported the cuts, but the police union opposed them, saying it would lead to a continued rise in crime. it doesn't have to be an either or because when you think about it, as i said earlier, why are people committing crimes? three? it also believes not every call requires a badge and a gun. the city launched street crisis
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response teams and alternative response to nonviolent calls. how do we get to people who are struggling in that way, who don't necessarily require a lof? police responds that when you ask people to not be engaged in violence, you have to have an alternative form there following suit in oakland with the approval of the mobile assistance community responders of oakland program. police chief laurent armstrong supports it as well as other alternatives. armstrong 22 year opd veteran was sworn in in february. so this thing what law enforcement and african american communities is not a secret, but it's you know, it's something that now we can finally begin to recognize the problem. oakland mayor libby schaaf came under fire after proposing a budget that. increases the police budget chief armstrong says he understands the call to defund but amidst the rise in violent crime, contends you can't reallocate at the risk of leaving the public unsafe. this department has been underfunded for many years. i mean, you're
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talking about a department that has less than 800. police officers in the city does. nearly 430,000 people. armstrong points to his officers, de escalation, training and cutting down on discretionary car stops to curb racial bias as progress. but he acknowledges there's still work to do and wants to have conversations with the community about how to improve. he says he's committed to accountability, implementing court mandated reforms and more and building trust as these three bay area leaders look ahead, they are hopeful for a more just and equitable future. don't give up hope. you know, continue to believe know that every day we're going to come in to the oakland police department and give it our best effort. there's a better future possible if we work together, and if we're not afraid to make the hard decisions, i think it's all of our jobs to really ensure that the process a parody of the human civilization just keeps on. and advancing towards love and respect. for more reflection
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on the past year. we're joined by mohammad naderi, board member and former chairman of 100 black men in the bay area, mohammed. thanks for talking with us, let me start by asking your personal reflection on the years since george floyd's murder if and what you believe has changed in our country. the dialogue has changed a lot. in terms of just kind of different leverage points. and when you talk about prospective that are being considered. unfortunately though, it doesn't seem as though much secretary has changed as far as when you think of policies and you think of actual, um, actions you know, in the years since george floyd has passed. you had. i think i saw the number was either 229 and 230 african americans have been shot and killed by police since then. and you and you constantly still see in the news and just kind of in the community center, levels of interaction between the police and the community.
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and it just kind of leads you to believe that, yes, more light has been shine. more light has been shone on the situation in the interaction. but you don't necessarily get the sense that anything is fundamentally changed in the way that the interactions occur. yeah sir, the mission of your organization is to improve quality of life by advancing social, economic, health and educational progress of african americans. do you feel like the nation? to their part is waking up to the need to support these long time marginalized communities. no absolutely. absolutely. i do think that is one thing that has been has shown to be a benefit in kind of a positive result of what has happened. i do think that there is a collective awareness and a collective desire. to see some of these inequities addressed and addressing a real such a wwe again, you know, not not just kind of sitting here, saying. yeah this is this might actually exist but very acknowledging that it exists and how can we
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sit here and address some of the systemic issues that lead to these inequities? how do we address those in a more realistic manner? i do think that conversation has gained some real scheme and our organization is, you know, it's really behind. supporting those conversations as he happened locally and nationally. um and even in within families and whatnot. sure mohammed in that vein, we've talked a lot about defund the police or reallocating funds to communities of color from law enforcement. how much could programs like what we're seeing in san francisco helped to advance your mission. i think anything that anything that gives a more complete view and leads to a more positive interaction between law enforcement authority in the community is something that needs to be supported. what you know what we've always said over the over the 32 years that we've been in existence as chapter. within the national framework. what we've always said is, it's
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not so much whether you defund or refund or start to find. it's really collectively when you look at the total interaction. how are you? how how is how is authority in the community? how how is that happening? how's that conversation being held? isn't is it from a standpoint of where the community is on equal footing with authority. if so, let's definitely encourage that it's not let's look at ways to address that, mohammed as we look beyond this last year and forward to what is to come. are you hopeful for real reform for real structural change? you have to be helpful. you have to be helpful because at the end of the day you have to believe that the goodness of people will come through just saying loving your neighbor for real and taking a risk and joining someone else's struggled coming up on this year in review stop asian hate communities rallied together after a sharp i
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asian hate three words responding to acts of hate and over racism against the asian american pacific islander community, the anti asian sentiment is not new, but it was exacerbated by the pandemic. amid rising crimes and hate incidents, communities of all racists stood together to say enough. this is how we covered them. dr john. thanks for talking with us. i wanted to give you first the chance to reflect on the georgia shootings and the response that we've seen from communities since then. thanks, greg. both personally, i think i'm with the asian american community and grieving. with the families of the victims were outraged or distressed. and clearly, i think there's a climate of fear and anxiety besieging us. i think across the nation were telling our elders stay inside where the racial group least likely to send our
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students back to school because we're afraid not only of the pandemic because of racial bullying and racism, your new report shows nearly 3800 anti asian incidents in just the last year. what do those numbers tell you? because i understand they're probably just a fraction of what has occurred. and how important is it now to have this tool to track discrimination? it's true that, um. the data. we're receiving their self reported incidents are just a fraction of what's happening across the nation. um we've received reports from all 50 states. it's widespread and pervasive. the story that tells is this horrific, um. and actually, sadly, because i've read daily the vitriol and hatred that asian americans are that other americans are directing towards asian americans. i wasn't surprised about the atlanta shootings. i've seen time and time again how people are blaming asians
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for the coronavirus how they're saying we don't belong here. we need to go back home and that, um, exclusion of asian americans that objectification of asian americans. and now the pushing and shoving over elderly. it's a pleasant, surprising our data demonstrates this happening on a regular basis. dr joan i've heard you speak about and many of us know that anti asian sentiment did not start with covid-19, but certainly seems to have been exacerbated by it and the rhetoric around it. what do you want people to understand about a long at times complicated history of xenophobia, misogyny and discrimination in our country. i want people to understand that the west has long had a fear of asians. there's this yellow peril stereotype that asians will come from the west and overcome. um the west the us with their hordes with their diseases, and that fear has been invoked again and again. the
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fear, then leads to the anger directed towards asian americans and the 19th century. us passed the chinese exclusion act because they were afraid that we brought the diseases of malaria, cholera and leprosy. they also thought we were taking white workers jobs. somebody own family is fishing village in monterrey. we have 200 people living there. at the turn of the century, that entire village was burned out. and displace, and so my great grandparents had to retreat to san francisco chinatown. this displacement occurred 300 times the 19th century. so this yellow peril fear this violence. this the official policies that treat us as outsiders has been long part of our history. we have seen many communities stand in solidarity rallies supporting us. what can you say about that? this is a really dark time and i'm angry about the hatred directed for us. i'm saddened by an american society that
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produces individuals that feel free to cough on their fellow human, but i've been heartened by the response that the asian american community itself has poured out and. the response of our allies. i always tell people now. and in times of danger, and asians feel like their friend. people can go into fight mode, flight mode or flock mode. fight mode means we are arming ourselves, and i know some parents are telling their kids to carry mace now. we go into flight mode. we're telling our grandparents stay indoors. but flock mode is when we gather together and protect each other. we come together to grieve and support one another. we come together for protection. and for power, and we come together for collective voice and i see that flocking. momentum through i've seen it. the entire covid-19 the asian american community really standing up, flocking together and coming together with a powerful voice, and that's why we're getting the national attention we need right now. and
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i've seen other groups flock to us, our allies, other communities of color white allies and people recognize that this isn't just an asian american problems in american problem. it's an american problem of racism. it's american problem of violence. it's america's problem. towards us and so other americans need to address this issue, not necessarily asian americans. actor producer director and bay area native daniel wu spoke out about this issue as early as june of last year, and a poignant op ed. then he wrote only with solidarity. can we form lakes and oceans to extinguish the flames of racism? you've spoke up very early on and bring attention to this issue. i wanted to get your sense now your thoughts about what has transpired in the last several weeks, but we've seen particularly in the georgia area. yeah i mean, it's unfortunate that events turned that way. but you know, it's one of those things. where, like we
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warned you. this is this is coming. and you know, i've gotten attention for this recently, but i've been trying to get attention for it for a long time. since probably i would say, april last year a year ago, and nobody was listening, and i wrote an article for them defeated talking about this. i um, put up another reward earlier for the grandmother that was burned and lit on fire in new york city, and none of that got any traction. and then it wasn't until the oakland situation. um right after vishneva reps for a ton of these deaths that we finally got attention to it, and you know it's been. it's been amazing that we have done this engine and there's this national unity now. and i think one of the hardest things about the asian american community is that we're not a monolith, so many different cultures and languages within the community itself, and that's probably why we haven't in the past really gotten together and unified, but what we're seeing now is a really strong, unified asian american community, like unlike you've ever seen before, so that gives me glimmers of hope. we're also seeing. other minority groups
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standing together in solidarity. how important is that? that's that's a key key point here, you know, black lives matter also matter to us as well because i think all people of color have been impressed in this country. you know, um and people in poverty and not just not not just people of color. there's white people who are also in, you know, very dire situations and that we all need to stand together in order to fight this kind of oppression. and if you're talking about ways supremacy and the raises systemic racism. um it's designed to set us against each other. and so i'm disheartened often to see these comments. you know, asians don't stand up for blacks, the black sun center for asians. you know when in history we know that's not true. you know, yuriko xiamen was with malcolm x. when he was murdered. she was holding his head when he was assassinated. we have a history of stepping, stepping out for each other. so let's not point fingers about. who's not doing what and let's forget about. you know what you what kind of, you know things your
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heart right now, let's get together and fight this thing because i feel like you know when covid happened. that was a moment for us as a country to really unite and get together, but we did the exact opposite. we became really divisive, politically culturally, all that kind of stuff and just started to become really tribal. we talked about this issue of ally ship. what does that look like to you? and what can people do in this moment to stop this hate? we need to as small communities reach out to the other communities and help them out. socialized with them. um we are one group and this is the bay area here where i grew up i. what started? this for me was seeing all these abhorrent crimes happening in the place where i grew up, which was not the place i left when i went to hong kong when i even in the seventies eighties, which you could say was not as good at the time. we got along in the bay area i thought and yes, there were these little petty crimes here and there, but generally we got along and now what? i'm seeing this massive division the barrier. it's so disheartening. it's so sad because i know this
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place. can do better. we need to think about the relationship building that goes into establishing and supporting trust in the public health service coming up the pandemic laid bare inequities in many parts of society, including healthcare. our conversation with some public health experts about w
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dog life's more fun with milk-bone dipped. this end of the year special presented by ktvu voices for change 2021 a year of change, the covid-19 pandemic continued to impact every aspect of our lives in 2021 as health officials push for more people to get vaccinated and now get their booster shots. we look back at some of the health inequities magnified by the pandemic. community vax is a national coalition of public health experts and social scientists focused on an equitable covid-19 vaccination campaign focusing on underserved communities of color to talk about what we're seeing in the gap between the vaccinated and
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unvaccinated. we're joined by dr karen mcdaniels davidson and dr ej sobel, both from san diego state university, and both on this distinguished team. this new report community acts just put out that puts it quite plainly calling all this vaccine hesitancy. is a myopic approach and conceals issues of access. tell us what you found, in part what we found first. i just want to step back a little bit and say that most people in the communities that we studied do want to vaccinate and that's important to keep in mind because the stereotype of those people in the disadvantaged communities not vaccinating is absolutely untrue. these people are the hardest hit. and they do a certain degree. want to be first in line, but there's a lot of challenges to that which we need to keep into account. and one of the problems here is that when we just talk about. the non vaccination as due to vaccine hesitancy. we're really doing a disservice to the people who we want to serve. i mean, one of the problems there is that you're blaming the individual you're saying well, that person's hesitant. rather than
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thinking about the systems that have proven so problematic in navigating in order to just get the vaccination to begin with, so a lot of these problems are really problems of access. let's say you're supposed to get time off work. you can't afford to get time off work. your boss is not really going to want you to take tight? so there's those kinds of issues and then there's time for recovery, which some people are considering if i get my second vaccine, and i'm going to be sick, how am i gonna have time for recovery? now if you're well employed, you can just take a day off work, but many people cannot afford to do that. and plus what if you have kids at home? we talked to one person she has to under two and she's speaking out. how am i going to go get this? vaccine it by fall down sick? who's going to care for my baby's doctor? mcdaniels davison, when you consider all those factors, and you look at this from a public health perspective for the state and the nation, how much does this exacerbate those communities that have already been dealt a blow by this virus disproportionately? yeah, that's exactly the problem. it's these communities that have been hit
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hardest that face these kind of socio economic burdens and these additional barriers to getting the vaccine and we're doing them a great disservice by not making it as easy as pie for them to get the vaccine. dr medina was abc report also lists a number of recommendations, including a hyper local approach to outreach like what we've seen in some areas of san francisco, tell us why that is so critical. yeah so one thing we like to say is that all public health is local. it takes what we call these trusted messengers, people with existing relationships and clout in the community to have these one on one conversations with people to really identify what their individual issue is. is it do their questions do they have concerns that can be addressed or do they have barriers that we need to work out? do they need elder care for a day or two? that kind of thing? and so those are all pretty reasonable things to ask for, i think and what we know is that. it takes that trust and public health can only
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advance as fast as that trust in advance. and so what we need are these kind of consistent, trusted people in the communities that we serve in order to be able to respond to, and, um, it's. dr sobo. we heard the surgeon general of the united states talk about misinformation and disinformation and that's impact on communities. what can we do to respond to that? you know, that's a great question. there is misinformation out there, and there's just information that's purposely being put out there as well. people who take this in and listen to it. they don't do it because they don't do it because they're stupid. they do it because they're smart, and they're trying to learn they're trying to find out about this vaccine, which is a very new i mean. dessert we wish we shouldn't be surprised that there might be a little bit of wait and see here. you know, it took a couple 100 years for handwashing to catch on way back when i don't mean the hand washing just from, you know the pandemic but way back when florence nightingale and the simple ways that took a long
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time hundreds of years before people would believe that we need to wash our hands, so now we have this vaccine. people are just doing due diligence. to a certain extent, it is a sign of their interest in their health that they're listening that they're reading that they're looking the challenge there at least as has been identified for us through the participants in our research is really one of a kind of a media literacy. and so that might be something. you know, we're so focused on the vaccine itself that we maybe need to sort of spend back and say, what are the some of the broader sports that we could give to help people move in the direction that public health knows that they should move in? media literacy campaigns and other kinds of holistic efforts to encourage people to do. what in the end will be the right thing could be super helpful? yeah doctor mcdaniels davidson as the country tries to mitigate the spread of this delta variant and really a race between variants and vaccines, what must happen, especially as it pertains to underserved communities of color at the national level. so it's at the
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national level, but it's also at the local level. we really need that one on one work to address people's concerns and questions and to reduce those barriers. and so that takes army of people and we have these community health workers that have worked so well in san francisco and in san diego. these are trusted people of and from the communities they serve, and they have the ability to talk to their neighbors to talk to their friends after the guy at the store down the street and be able to have those conversation, and it's going to be a lot of work, but it's work that these communities deserve and it's work that we can do. last question for both of you, dr sobel, start with you. what would be your enduring message to the community, particularly those that are unvaccinated, but also to those that are vaccinated about spreading the message and this goodwill and trust. yeah it's all about relationships. it's all about relationships and listening to people when people have a question, listening to the question, respectfully, you kno,
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and trying to find an answer. um one thing to keep in mind too. and coming back to this phrase vaccine husbands, would you would. you started us out on. is that many people? many of the vaccinated people, people who have had the full course of the two vaccines still might be a little bit hesitant. we all have questions. we all have worries, so it's not really about stamping that out completely. but it's about treating people's questions with respect and trying to find the answers. and listening. so this is something that takes time we are well past the sort of factory military rollout stage that we were way back in march where people will be lining up and you can just go shot shot shot shot shot. now we're to the place where we really need to think, and we should have actually been thinking before about this, too, but we need to think about the relationship building that goes into establishing and supporting trust in the public health service. dr mcdaniels davidson. i'll let you close this out. yeah i would echo everything
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that dr sambo said, and i would say that we are really going to need these kinds of trusted efforts, um, of communities and from communities. we can't come in from the outside and expect that we're going to be received well. we have misinformation and disinformation that's coming up. people like a fire hose and in public health. we're really careful about what we say. and so information kind of comes out at a trickle instead of that that big fire hose and so we have to be aware that that that's happening and. and use those trusted messengers. those community health workers, faith leaders as our conduits and ask people who bring vaccinated to evangelize for us, because that's what it takes. when you have someone who's vaccinated. it's more like they're more likely that their friends and families will be back to. pretty private person, so i hope you guys know that i'm really not doing this for attention. i just think that representation and visibility are so important coming up on this year review athletes and allies sports
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um i really have the best life. i got the best family, friends and job a guy could ask for, um, i'm pretty private person, so i hope you guys know that i'm really not doing this for attention. i just think that representation and visibility are so important. um, i actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process or just not necessary. nassib who's entering his sixth nfl season, became the first active nfl player to come out as gay and the caption he wrote that he's sadly agonized over this moment for the last 15 years. in the video, he went on to say he's donating $100,000 to the lgbtq youth suicide prevention group. the trevor project. messages of support quickly came from the league. other players. and fans everywhere in the two days following an acids announcement, his jersey was the top selling jersey across the league on the online store fanatics, his impact reaching far beyond sports. some have said his
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message will save lives. athlete ally is an organization pushing for lgbtq equality in sports. they told us why visibility is so important. joanna thanks for taking the time first. let me start by getting your reaction to carl nassib announcement but also the courage that that must have taken. i think it must have taken tremendous courage because i think that despite how far we've come in terms of lgbtq inclusion in sport, we still have so far to go. i think, especially in men's sport, there's still a tremendous amount of stigma and silencing that's happening. and i think what's especially poignant about his coming out is the fact that he had a support system and felt comfortable enough to do it. um so that's the point. i just think it's really important to underscore that it's not on lgbtq athletes to come out. it's on the systems around them. it's on their their teammates and the
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culture of sport that surrounds them to make it possible for them to come out. so i think the fact that carl felt that is really important. joanna athlete ally is a fierce champion of creating inclusive athletic environments. how much of a difference could this make? well i think first so many lgbtq youth out there who love sports and play sports. they really have to see it to be it. and so i think for them to see someone. who is an nfl players like carl coming out and speaking his truth and being proud of who he is. that's tremendous and i think, especially at a time whe. the lgbtq community is facing such an onslaught of legislation targeting our human rights to have someone who is. speaking their truth, and that way is really powerful. um and also i think the fact that he is raising awareness about mental health. um for me, that was a really important part of his piece to that he's. calling
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attention to the mental health issues that lgbtq people faced at elevated rates and helping to dispel some of the shame around that as well. we know from data from the trevor project that when young people have access to sports, and when they have supportive coaches that affirm their pronouns or gender identity. uh they are less likely to be depressed to think of suicide. uh so having inclusive, safe access to sports for lgbtq youth makes a world of difference. obviously, we've seen these messages of support from the nfl and other players of nassif of carl. what else needs to be done, though, because messages are one thing, but obviously, actions are hold another. absolutely i mean, i think a big part of sport that needs to be overcome. in terms of lgbtq. inclusion is so much of what we think of as being inherent in the culture of spor. and part of that is, you know,
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locker room culture, homophobic transphobic jokes that are kind of passed off as. just words just jokes, but we know that that kind of language and behavior keeps lgbtq athletes in the closet. um it keeps them from feeling safe to come out. but also when it happens at a game, it keeps lgbtq fans from feeling like they could be at a game and cheer on the team that they love. so i think we need to see education around the impact of this language and behavior. we need to see teams and leagues having a zero tolerance policy, and we need to see fan codes of conduct that ensure that everyone out of game has a safe experience. is this the moment? i mean, we saw with michael sam we saw what jason collins sort rajhi rod robbery robbie rogers that maybe we would see more athletes speak up and come out the response that we've seen from carl's. teammates from the nfl from his team. that's huge. i mean, i think i think seeing that wave of support is really
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indicative of a culture shift, and i think you know we have to see how that how that continues to play out, but i think it's absolutely a step in the right direction. imagine creating a t shirt with a message that's important to you. then watching his professional athletes put it on and support. well, that's megan raises reality bay area local is the creator of more diverse voices in sports. maybe thanks for taking the time you have spent your career working in sports, but just tell me what drove you to create this projec? yeah to your plane. i've spent almost my whole career even when i was still in college working in sports. i got my first internship when i was a freshman when i was 18 and i was very lucky to get a taste of what i wanted to do with my career full time at that age, and so i was able to spend my four years in undergrad. shaping my education and my experiences around sport. so with that said, i had wonderful mentors and i would have loved to see more people
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that looked like me both as a woman and a woman of color. so as i've gotten later into my career, i really try to be a mentor for other women in the space that are either wanting to come up. also like myself in college, or maybe those that want to transition at some point out of a different field. so the mentor ship is something that i like to do. i like to have short conversations and help people search for jobs or get an understanding of what they want to do. and then from that, i've kind of taken to the step further. and you know, now created this merchandise projec, but i really just want to continue to push for more diversity in the industry again so that hopefully those that come up later in their career those you know, i look at my nieces or are people i care about that are young. so that they see more people like themselves and like us that i unfortunately didn't get to see at that time. let's talk about the merch. i know you've got the shirt on now, tell me what response has been. i know that it was sort of driven by international women's day, but we've now seen a couple of different versions. and what is it like to see professional
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athletes wearing your gear? it's really it's so surreal. so yeah, the merch project you mentioned i started it. i conceptualized it late february, which is the sort of wild thing i conceptualized it late february and pushed it out. not even two weeks later, and the reception has been wonderful. i say this a lot. i didn't did not expect for it to become what it has. and you know, we've sold almost, i think close to 1500 shirts. yeah i've donated almost $10,000 to athlete ally and black women's player collective. the iteration i'm wearing now is our pride edition with athlete ally for the month of june and i was able to collaborate with canada basketball, and we made a red and white edition that they gifted to their senior women's national team heading into toky. and it was just it was a gift that they gave to the team. but having these different entities reach out to create collaborations into your point. having professional athletes wear them is a every time it
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makes me smile. i mean, it's been going on for a few months now, but i don't think that that allure and the excitement will ever wear off every time i see someone where one and regardless of professional athlete anytime someone tags me, i just get the biggest smile face. so for little girls. they're watching this that are looking up to you and maybe want to work in sport. what do you say to them? yes i say, be yourself. i preach authenticity a lot. i know when i was starting out my career i wanted to sort of assimilate and mold myself to what i thought the sports industry wanted to see out of me. but as we're as we're seeing authenticity is so important, so i just always tell everyone and especially little girls to keep being keeping you people try and tell you maybe you're too loud or you're too bossy or you're too strong or you're too emotional or your to whatever. so i always tell people and i would love to encourage little girls to be yourself. there's no such thing as too much and hopefully, the industry at that point will
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become a much more inclusive and safe space for everyone to be who they are. we make great craft beer, too, and we enjoy great craft here, and we're going to bring our experiences to this industry still to come on this year in review, look back at some of our team's favorite interviews, including when you have xfinity xfi, you have peace of mind built in at no extra cost. advanced security helps keep your family protected online. pause wifi whenever for ultimate control with the xfinity app. and family-safe browsing gives parents one less thing to worry about. security, control and peace of mind. with xfinity xfi, it's all built in at no extra cost. i'm morgan, and there's more to me than hiv. more love, more adventure, more community. but with my hiv treatment, there's not more medicines in my pill. i talked to my doctor and switched to fewer medicines with dovato.
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full circle park. um hundreds, quite, um, you know it to be part of this collab was this. was almost like, uh, it was almost like a dream. appreciate the beer for the craft. what went into it? ah you know, we don't necessarily want to be known as as as a black brewing company. you know, we want to be known as as a great brewing company that happens to be black owned and operated. um but we will use our culture and our influence to try to make sure that people do have these conversations you know, like for the black history collapse. there's people on here who a lot of folks might not know and not know what they've done in american history. you know. james baldwin, ella baker, fred hampton and fannie lou hamer. you know, these are all civil rights activists that you know when you read about who they are, and you see their images, but you're also drinking a beer gets folks to just kind of open up their minds and be able to have that dialogue with each other. the whole goal of your breweries to use their talents
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to put out really great beer, but also to spur conversations about diversity and equality. tell me about that. and what has driven you. yeah i mean, we you know, started out its homebrewers and you know, really have that passion to create our own business. but make sure that the business that we do also gives back to the community and you know on each can we want to, um, you know, highlight whether it be black culture or what black people have done in the world or, you know, show ourselves our images in a positive light. um and another thing that we want to do is make sure that we give back. to the community, so every collaboration that we've done for the past six months we've worked with those breweries to give back to nonprofit organizations in the community that are on the ground, doing all the hard work trying to make this better, better world for everybody. mario speaking about your industry, we know that there are very few black owned breweries. so what does it mean
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to kind of be on the forefront of this is really just given a personal opportunity to really think that. if we can do it, they can do it too, you know, and knowing that, uh, you know, just through our research of not only does doing homebrewing but taking us to the next level and doing a research and realizing that we're being a little bit the first black on burry in oakland, uh, that was like. ah you know something where we have to be the trailblazers, you know to represent what we can do here in oakland. there's over 8600 breweries in the united states. and they're only little over 60 black owned breweries. um so we're really trying to trying to change that bring diversity to this industry that's extremely homogeneous and make sure. you know, people know that we make great craft beer, too, and we enjoy great craft beer, and we're going to bring our experiences to this industry. um, and make sure that we can. be a voice for change. i know that both of you have young sons and as they see the work that
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you're doing not only in the creative brewery space but in the civil rights space. what do you hope they see when they look at their dad's. you can actually create yourself and so we're trying to show them and hopefully they can be better versions of us. to see what we're doing as far as. you know, us normally drinking beer to take it into a step where now they're asking questions about what images and what questions are on that beer when we began re watching our shows another interview, continue to come to mind a conversation with a bay area middle school teacher. she's a friend of the show who encouraged us to keep doing what we're doing, and who's encouraging her students to see the world through a more diverse lens. mrs abby. thanks for joining us. your curriculum teaches your students that representation matters. tell me why that's so important for you that these young people learn that. well as a history teacher. i'm a really big believer that
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we should study history to understand not just what happened in the past, but how the world is the way it is today. and students whether they're elementary or especially middle school. i don't feel like they're going to connect to that unless they hear their stories represented as well, and they understand how their family got to this country or how their lineage traces back and does connect to these stories. it makes it more personal for them so the more they can be represented in class, the more they're going to connect to their own stories, but also to each other when they see those commonalities. your students did this really powerful project where they wrote poems about my stereotypes can be dangerous. tell me where this idea came from, so we were starting our unit on africa. which i told them is kind of problematic because you can't teach africa there's so many different languages, ethnicities historie, so we watched a ted talk by a nigerian author who talked about
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this idea of the danger of the single story. how you can know one thing about a person of place or culture, but that's not the only thing but we tend, you know, with social media, or just just reading the headlines like the easy way out is to learn one thing and think. oh, i know about this culture this race because i know the one thing and so we kind of answer that way about breaking our stereotypes on what we know about islam or what we know about the continent of africa versus the country's and our whole year. kind of have that lens of what's the single story you have about this place. and then we wrapped with okay. so now what's the single story someone might have about you. and how can you break that? through a few of these, and one of your students wrote just because i'm hispanic, doesn't mean i'm illegal doesn't mean my people steal jobs. were you surprised by one? how much hate. these young people have already
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experienced, but also to the power that came out of putting all this into writing. i don't think i was surprised. i think i kind of expected to hear stories like that. but i think i was taken aback by how honest they were. these kids are 12 13 and, yeah, they're already experiencing being called illegal like that. you're not a person you are a status, your illegal or just facing, you know, adverse city that many adults. haven't faced so i wasn't surprised by it, but i was really almost honored that they chose to speak out about it to be very honest and the voice that's often left out. ironically are the children like the kids themselves? what is your experience? what would you like to learn more of what kind of books with certain characters do you want to hear from just hearing from them? it. it makes them more connected to the world around them, and like i said, they have something to say, and i feel like these poems i gave them kind of gave him a platfor. thanks for joining us for voices for change 2021 a year of change
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