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Watch episode 2 of the Central Valley Eviction Crisis docuseries where three experts explain the broken system's failure to take care of people of color: from the courts to unemployment, structural racism continues to affect Black and Brown people in their every day lives.
This episode also reveals the disparities of housing, jobs, and living wages in the Central Valley presented by the following three experts:
Chad Stone is chief economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He was the acting executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress in 2007 and before that staff director and chief economist for the Democratic staff of the committee from 2002 to 2006. He was chief economist for the Senate Budget Committee in 2001-02 and a senior economist and then chief economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1996 to 2001. He holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. Stone talked about the previous unemployment rate impacted by COVID-19 is a much harsher reality for people of color, especially the Black unemployed where the situation is much worse.
Professor Dr. Edward Orozco Flores of the University of California Merced Community
and Labor Center, provided a historical note as to why Black and Brown workers have not gotten support from labor unions compared to Caucasian workers.
Janine Nkosi, regional advisor for Faith in the Valley, a leading grassroots community
organization which has authored groundbreaking research reports documenting the Valley’s
housing crisis, discussed the outrageous rate of evictions in Central Valley communities of color. The disproportionate rate of evictions can cause multiple family-member homelessness just in one eviction case --over 300,000+ people in the Valley could be subject to immediate evictions once the moratorium lifts January 31, if there is not an organized effort to do something about it ...