KERN COUNTY FARMWORKERS, FOOD PROCESSORS STILL AT RISK – PANDEMIC REACHES TURNING POINT
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: Kern County is at a turning point with the pandemic — access to vaccines is widespread, but there is still distrust and misinformation among workers in the farm fields and food processing plants. People worry about turning the electricity on, paying grocery bills, getting evicted, more than they worry about COVID. The complexities of the landscape in Kern reflect what decision makers need to know about the reality for ag workers across the Central Valley.
IRS BRIEFING ON ADVANCED TAX CREDIT PAYMENTS & UPCOMING TAX FILING SEASON
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 15, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: IRS experts will provide an update on the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments, including who qualifies, payment dates for the remainder of the year, and online tools to help taxpayers signup for and manage their payments. They will also provide information for the upcoming filing season.
A CDC ROUNDTABLE WITH CONGOLESE DIASPORA COMMUNITY INFLUENCERS
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT/ 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: This interactive discussion will focus on:
• Latest CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination
• Challenges and barriers to COVID-19 vaccination in Diaspora communities
• Suggestions for how to engage Diaspora communities in building vaccine confidence
• Questions and answers with CDC experts
Approximately 2.0 million migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa now live in the United States, a population that has grown dramatically from just 110,000 in 1980. Some are asylum seekers and refugees from conflict ridden countries; others seek work or education; others come on diversity lottery visas or to reunite with families. With few local media platforms, many rely on trusted community voices — from faith-based, non-profit, and civic agencies — for news and information critical to their own and their family’s wellbeing. The CDC is holding the first of three roundtables to meet and talk with these community influencers about how to overcome challenges and barriers to COVID-19 vaccination.
AT STAKE IN GEORGIA’S REDISTRICTING PROCESS – FAIR REPRESENTATION FOR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: Every decade Georgia legislators come together to draw new district lines to reflect demographic shifts in the state’s population based on Census data. The goal is to ensure equitable representation for all Georgians. Two weeks before the state’s special redistricting session begins, get the latest Census data, learn what’s happening so far with the redistricting process as it impacts communities of color, and hear what activists with the Georgia Immigrant Rights Association (GIRA) are doing to demand fair representation for the state’s growing immigrant and refugee groups.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF CALIFORNIA’S REDISTRICTING PROCESS – HOW DRAWING NEW ELECTORAL MAPS IMPACTS DIVERS COMMUNITIES
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 11, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PT
WHY: As California grows ever more diverse, how will the state redraw electoral boundaries to keep pace with 2020 Census data on demographic shifts and ensure that every Californian has equal representation at all branches of government. The briefing will look at how the redistricting process works, who draws the lines not only for state and federal election districts but for hundreds of municipal districts, and why public input about the communities and issues that matter to them is so critical.
WHY WOMEN ARE PRIMARY TARGETS OF XENOPHOBIC HATE
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 8, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: A new report on Islamophobia/anti-Muslim hate crimes documents that women, not men, are the primary targets. Anti-Asian/Pacific Islander hate crimes against women also exceed those against men. As women and women with children comprise an ever growing percentage of migrants from Latin America, they too are on the receiving end of xenophobic assaults. Our speakers will discuss the rise in hate-based violence against women, along with historic perspective.
A 60 MINUTE ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE PANDEMIC-RELATED SCAMS YOU SEE AND REPORT ON IN YOUR COMMUNITIES
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 7, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PT
WHY: Scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic are everywhere–from fake cures and fake vaccine cards to job scams and evictions. As it prepares for its first investment in an ethnic media advertorial campaign aimed at alerting your audiences to these scams, FTC colleagues are anxious to get your perspectives on what’s happening in your community and the effective ways to counter the misinformation and fraud.
TO BOOST OR NOT TO BOOST: THAT IS THE QUESTION
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 1, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: Boosters, also known as the third shots, are among the most hotly-debated issues of the moment. The White House plan for expanded eligibility contradicts the Centers for Disease Control, which has advocated a tiered approach, prioritizing immunocompromised individuals and high-risk workers. Public health experts are also divided on the issue of who should get the third shot and when. Currently, only those who took the Pfizer vaccine for their first two shots are eligible for a third shot. Boosters are not yet available for people who got the two-dose Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Two panelists will make repeat appearances at this Friday’s briefing, offering their own views first, followed by a lively Q/A with reporters.
ETHNIC VOTERS’ DECISIVE ROLE IN CALIFORNIA RECALL
WHEN: Friday, Sep. 24, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: Polling and post-election analysis show that a majority of California’s ethnic voters overwhelmingly rejected the governor’s recall and, in some cases, helped turn large counties and suburbs in the governor’s favor. At the same time, many voters of color did not participate.
Experts and activists discuss:
What does detailed analysis say about the Latino vote, the largest of the ethnic voting blocks in the state. What were some of the missing narratives that can help the parties attract more of the growing BIPOC vote. What are the issues that Latinos, African Americans and Asians on the ground were talking about when outreach workers knocked on their door?
LATINOS IN DURHAM JOIN KITCHEN CONVERSATION– “WHAT WE WANTED TO SAY ABOUT REDISTRICTING”
WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 22, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PT
WHY: Veteran organizer Ivan Almonte of Rapid Response invites four Latino residents of Durham, NC, to his home for a kitchen conversation about why they wanted to speak at the legislature’s public hearings on redistricting and what they weren’t able to say. EMS associate editor Pilar Marrero will moderate. The event will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English.
ARIZONA’S COMMUNITIES FIGHT FOR FAIR REDISTRICTING
WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 22, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: Arizona has an independent commission overseeing the redistricting process but a coalition of community organizations are protesting the lack of access, diversity and transparency of the hearings so far. The briefing will spotlight the groups mobilizing to fight for fairer redistricting and representation, and the issues at stake for each.
FEAR, HESITANCY, LACK OF ACCESS — OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO VACCINES IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 21, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: Hesitancy about the health care system, not hesitancy about vaccines, is part of why vaccine rates remain low among African Americans, as are fears about the vaccines and misinformation about the COVID pandemic itself. Speakers will discuss approaches that are slowly increasing Black vaccination rates in California, especially among young adults, and some will share the reasons why they delayed getting vaccinated until very recently.
IS EASE OF GUN ACCESS LINKED TO A RISE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
WHEN: Friday, Sep. 17, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: 4.5 million women in the U.S. have been threatened with a gun by their domestic partner. 1 million have been shot during a domestic dispute, and at least 600 women are shot to death each year during a domestic dispute, according to data from the Giffords Law Center. Children in the home are often victims in domestic disputes involving a gun, and, increasingly, perpetrators of such crimes.
Gun sales and domestic violence both increased by more than 20 percent during the Covid pandemic, according to Brady: United to End Gun Violence.
Speakers this week will discuss the rising prevalence of guns in domestic disputes, whether there are adequate law enforcement resources available to women facing gun violence, why federal gun control measures have largely failed to date, state measures to restrict access to guns, and what may be in the Congressional pipeline.
A domestic violence victim, who was shot four times in the head by her husband, will share her story of survival.
CALIFORNIA’S ZONING LAWS AT HEART OF HOUSING CRISIS
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: COVID has exacerbated California’s housing crisis. But the urgent need to build more affordable and low income housing has run up against an implacable foe — zoning ordinances that are among the most restrictive in the most progressive cities. Speakers look at the implications of COVID-19 on housing equality and community development, how opportunity and restrictive zoning laws are closely connected, and policies and legislations to increase affordable housing stock.
IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF THE LOS ANGELES RIVER: A RIVER FOR ALL OF US
WHEN: Friday, Sep. 10, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PT
WHY: For decades LA County leaders and residents have dreamed of restoring the 51-mile river that gave Los Angeles its name. With the completion of a 480-page Master Plan commissioned by the LA County Board of Supervisors and new funding from the state of California and local agencies targeting environmental restoration projects, the moment for turning the dream into reality is now. The briefing will inform new media serving LA’s diverse populations – and interested media nationwide – about current and long-term projects and goals for revitalizing the river, and share perspectives about the future of the river from a representative poll of more than 600 residents interviewed in four languages.
NORTH CAROLINA’S DIVERSE COMMUNITIES FIGHT FOR FAIR REDISTRICTING
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 9, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET | 10:00 am – 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CT
WHY: What would fair political representation look like for North Carolina’s historically underrepresented populations as well as the newly settled immigrant groups in the state? A coalition of activist organizations fighting for an equitable voice in the state’s once-a- decade redistricting process will share their perspectives at this briefing for ethnic and community media and stakeholder groups.
A SPECIAL NEWS BRIEFING TARGETS NONPROFITS, MICRO-BUSINESSES AND SMALL BUSINESSES
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 7, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT
WHY: Applications have just opened for new funding rounds from the California Small Business and Nonprofits COVID-19 Relief Grants program which recently received an additional $1.5 billion in funds. Unlike many government grant programs, this program emphasizes small nonprofits and small businesses, including sole proprietorships and all- volunteer nonprofits. The application process is simple. CalNonprofits and others can provide phone support (multilingual) and other help to people filling out applications. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RECALL ELECTION – ASK THE EXPERTS A SPECIAL MEDIA AVAIL WITH SECRETARY OF STATE OFFICIALS
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 7, 10:30 am – 11:00 am PT
WHY: Less than a week to go before the Sept. 14, many questions remain – from what to do if you lost your mail in ballot, whether or not you have to answer both questions, how to vote if you have had to evacuate due to wildfires.
CDC UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC – VACCINATION RATES, BOOSTER SHOTS, BREAKOUT INFECTIONS
WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 2, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT| 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: This news briefing is the second in a series by the CDC, the nation’s top public health agency, to expand its communications about COVID-19 vaccinations with the diverse audiences of ethnic media. CDC subject matter experts will provide updates about vaccination rates and respond to questions from reporters.
THE ELECTION THAT COULD CHANGE CALIFORNIA’S FUTURE
WHEN: Monday, August 30, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: September 14th will end the voting period -which already started by mail- for one of the most impactful elections in California’s recent history: the governor’s recall. In this ethnic media briefing, the leader of a non-partisan public affairs organization will explain the history, meaning, and impact of recall elections and the California Secretary of State will focus on the voting process, the counting of votes, and the integrity of results.
REPORT FROM DEL NORTE COUNTY: RACE TO PUSH VACCINES IN CALIFORNIA’S RURAL, DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
WHEN: Friday, August 27, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT| 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: Del Norte, California’s smallest county in terms of population (26,000), has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state. With the highly transmissible Delta variant, infection rates are rising dramatically, overwhelming the county’s main hospital Sutter Coast. The county offers a microcosm of the successes and challenges of vaccinating a highly dispersed, predominantly rural population with significant numbers of Latinx farmworkers; members of the Yurok and Karok tribes; a tightly knit Hmong community; homeless people—including many vets — living alone in the woods or on the streets of Crescent City.
REDISTRICTING PROCESS STARTS NOW: AMPLIFYING ALABAMA’S UNDER-REPRESENTED VOICES
WHEN: Thursday, August 26, 1 pm – 2 pm CT (11 am – 12 pm PT/2 pm-3 pm ET)
WHY: Newly released Census data shows dramatic shifts in Alabama’s (and the country’s) population mix. Alabama, like all states, is required every ten years to redraw election district boundaries to reflect the latest Census data with the aim of ensuring equal representation for all groups. Learn what advocacy groups are doing to engage long underrepresented communities of color in this year’s map drawing process which begins with a Sept. 1 hearing at the State capitol at (TBD).
GROWING RACIAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHTS NEED FOR FAIR REDISTRICTING
WHEN: Friday, August 20, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT| 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: 2020 Census data document growing racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. which in turn spotlights the importance of racial and ethnic equity in the once-every-decade redistricting process. Speakers will discuss the latest 2020 Census data, the threats to a fair redistricting process in some states, and efforts to get Congress to protect voting rights.
AS CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS REOPEN — NEWSMAKER BRIEFING WITH SEC. OF EDUCATION TONY THURMOND TALKS WITH ETHNIC MEDIA
WHEN: Monday, August 16, 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm PT
WHY: As California schools reopen for on-line classes, Sec. of Education Tony Thurmond will share his priorities for the coming school year — from safety issues to what schools are doing to help students catch up and address the racial equity gap in education.
WILL EVICTION MORATORIUM SAVE RENTERS AND LANDLORDS?
WHEN: Friday, August 13, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT| 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: Millions of U.S. families fell behind on their rent amid the Covid pandemic and record levels of unemployment. The Centers for Disease Control last week extended a federal moratorium on evictions until October 3. But what happens next for renters and small landlords? And will the moratorium survive legal challenges? Speakers will discuss the federal eviction moratorium and whether it may need another extension. They will also discuss $47 billion in federal aid available to renters and small landlords, and the barriers to accessing aid. The discussion will also focus on the mental health toll to families who have been evicted, the disproportionately higher rate of evictions for people of color, and long-term solutions for sustainable housing.
VACCINATING THE UNVACCINATED – SUCCESS STORIES & CHALLENGES IN REACHING LOW-VAX LATINX COMMUNITIES
WHEN: Wednesday, August 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT
WHY: With the Delta variant causing infection rates to surge, the race to vaccinate the unvaccinated has become even more urgent. We hear from three front line community organizers about how and why their highly personal, one-on-one approach to unvaccinated Latinos — in the heart of LA, in rural communities of San Joaquin, in small cities like Stockton — is working to build trust and convince people to get their vaccines. Often persuading the eldest person is key to getting an entire household to vaccinate.
SIX MONTHS IN – MIXED STATUS REPORT ON BIDEN’S BORDER/IMMIGRATION POLICIES
WHEN: Friday, August 6, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT| 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: On immigration policy, Joe Biden presented himself as the “anti-Trump”. But a recordbreaking increase in border crossings after he took office during Covid times have led the Administration to keep some of the harsh policies of the past while attempting to implement long-term changes. Where has the Administration delivered and where has it failed to create a more humane immigration system? Experts on policy, border, and immigration courts delve into the details.
PROTECTING CAMPUS COMMUNITIES FROM COVID-19 AS SCHOOLS RE-OPEN
WHEN: Wednesday, August 4, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
WHY: Safety for campus communities is the top concern for LA County officials as K-12 schools reopen on Aug. 16. Top LA County officials will discuss the safety measures in place to protect students, their families, teachers, administrators from COVID-19 – including masking, vaccine availability, social distancing, testing, mental health counseling, and more. Reporters will have time for Q&A.
VACCINE UPDATE – ARE VACCINES BEATING THE VIRUS? DO WE NEED MANDATES? ARE WE DEMONIZING UNVAXXED?
WHEN: Friday, July 30, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT| 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: As COVID infections spread due to the high transmissibility of the Delta variant, four medical experts weigh in on key questions about vaccinations: how effective they are with both vaxxed and unvaxxed, who needs boosters and why, how to speed up vaccination rates before a new variant emerges, what risks we run if we wind up demonizing the unvaxxed.
STAYING HOUSED IN LA COUNTY – ACCESSING RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND PREVENTING EVICTION
WHEN: Thursday, July 29, 6:00 – 6:30 pm
WHY: At this briefing LA County experts and partners will provide information on how immigrant residents can access rental assistance, help to prevent evictions, and more. This month’s community cohost is the Pars Equality Center’s LA district director Peyman Malaz.
GOVERNOR’S RECALL ELECTION – SECRETARY OF STATE SHIRLEY WEBER EXPLAINS THE NUTS AND BOLTS
WHEN: Thursday, July 29, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
WHY: California will hold a recall election against Governor Gavin Newsom on September 14th and potentially select a new governor on the same day from a list of 46 candidates. Secretary of State Shirley Webber, in this first ethnic media briefing since she took office on January 29th, 2021, will give the details we need to inform our audiences: from when to expect mail-in ballots, to the number of candidates, to when the polls will open and close and the impact of turnout. She will also answer questions from reporters.
AS FOOD INSECURITY RISES, MAKING SURE NO ONE GOES HUNGRY IN LA COUNTY
WHEN: Monday, July 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
WHY: The good news is that it’s never been easier to get food support; the bad news is that of 3 million people eligible for that support, fewer than half have signed up. Amidst rising food insecurity, it’s vital to get information out about what benefits are available, how to access them, and the expanding eligibility requirements. The panel will also address the recent relaxing of public-charge rules, which have restricted many immigrants from accessing food support and other government benefits.
HMOMG HUNGER STRIKER PREPARED TO DIE TO GET JUSTICE FOR COMMUNITY
WHEN: Friday, July 23, 1:00 – 2:00 pm PT
WHY: The Asian American community reached a new flashpoint in possible bias-motivated crime as Hmong farmer Soobleej Hawj was fatally shot by police in Siskiyou County. Siskiyou County law enforcement have released no information about the incident, and failed to release Mr. Hawj’s name until last week. Community activist Zurg Xiong, on the 18th day of a hunger strike, says he is prepared to die to obtain justice for his community. Speakers at the news briefing will discuss the deep divide between the Hmong community and other residents in Siskiyou County; law enforcement bias against the community, especially relating to water transportation; and attempts to get the Justice Department to investigate the shooting. Speakers will also discuss the broader impact for the AAPI community.
TRAPPED BY THE DIGITAL DIVIDE: DEMANDING UNIVERSAL BROADBAND AS A BASIC RIGHT
WHEN: Friday, July 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT| 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: The pandemic highlighted how crucial it is to be connected to the Internet for education, healthcare, work, and even public safety. The digitally disenfranchised, typically low income, vulnerable communities in rural and urban areas, end up falling behind in almost every respect. Many of the challenges our society faces, including restoring economic mobility and retraining the workforce, remain out of reach if large numbers of low-income families lack access to home broadband. The briefing will discuss pending federal and state legislation as well as private sector initiatives to close the digital divide, and the push to hold internet service providers accountable in what has become a new struggle for digital equity rights.
CDC UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION
WHEN: Friday, July 16, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: CDC’s latest data on U.S. infections, fatalities and vaccination rates: what groups are still at highest risk? / Next steps for U.S.—are we narrowing the gap on health disparities? / Danger posed by new variants from India and Latin America / Fighting disinformation through social media apps.
TO MASK OR NOT TO MASK – THAT IS THE QUESTION
WHEN: Friday, July 9, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: As economies re-open across the U.S., residents are confused as to whether or not they should Continue to wear a mask. The Centers for Disease Control says vaccinated people can forgo a mask, while the World Health Organization suggests that even vaccinated people should continue to wear their masks. Meanwhile, states and counties are issuing their own guidelines. Experts this week will discuss masking options – especially in view of the rapid spread of the Delta variant – and provide information for individuals to make informed decisions. This week’s briefing will be a panel discussion with lots of time for questions from reporters.
THE REDISTRICTING BATTLE IN HARRIS COUNTY – HOW LINES GET DRAWN DETERMINES WHETHER A COMMUNITY’S VOICE IS HEARD
WHEN: Wednesday, June 30. 11 am – 12 noon CT (9 am – 10 am PT / 12 noon – 1 pm ET)
WHY: Texas is ground zero in the national struggle to secure voting rights, but how district lines get drawn in Harris County will determine whether voters can elect leaders who represent their interests. The briefing will explore the impact of redistricting on communities traditionally excluded from having a political voice and what activists are doing to engage more people in drawing maps.
NEWLY ELECTED REPUBLICANS SHARE VIEWS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE GOP AND ETHNIC AMERICA
WHEN: Friday, June 25, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: Some political observers and even former Republican elected officials argue that the Republican Party is out of touch with diverse metropolitan areas. This briefing invites newly elected GOP members to share their views about the future of the Republican Party and why they think it offers the best representation for ethnic Americans.
LEARN ABOUT TAX CREDITS AND STIMULUS PAYMENTS TO HELP YOUR FAMILY
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 6:00 – 6:30 PM PT
WHY: This 30 minute briefing will help you produce a “news you can use” segment for your audiences on how to access tax credits and stimulus payments they may qualify for but know little or nothing about.
CALIFORNIA’S HOUSING GAP WIDENS — POLICY MAKERS TACKLE EVICTIONS, MOUNTING DEBTS, RURAL SHORTAGES
WHEN: Thursday, June 24, 11:00 AM- 12:00 PM PT
WHY: New data from Harvard’s Joint Center on Housing Studies documents a widening gap in the nation’s housing, and nowhere is this more acute than California. This special briefing explores housing in post-pandemic California as moratoriums expire, renters and landlords alike face mounting debts, and rural areas become the new hotbed for building mansions rather than low income housing.
GLOBAL WARMING MAKES LIFE HARDER FOR US AND WORLDWIDE – NEED FOR AN EQUITY APPROACH
WHEN: Friday, June 18, 11 am – 12 pm PT
WHY: Wildfires are bigger, heat waves more frequent, seas are warmer — climate change is speeding up, according to the EPA, making life harder for Americans. This briefing will feature speakers who provide their own and others’ research data tracking the indicators and impact of climate change on the U.S. and worldwide, and the need for an equity lens in policies that address it.
VOTER RIGHTS OR VOTER SUPPRESSION – WHICH WAY FORWARD?
WHEN: Friday, June 11, 11 am – 12 pm PDT
WHY: Is this a “now-or-never-moment” for American democracy, as one Texas legislator said after walking out of the legislature to block passage of a new bill to restrict voting? Advocates of voting rights from Texas, Arizona and New York provide an update on what’s happening amidst a surge of new laws to make voting harder and the For The People Act appears to be floundering.
VACCINATING THE MOST AT RISK AND HARDEST TO REACH
WHEN: Tuesday, June 8, 9 am – 10 am PDT
WHY: Many older adults and people with disabilities have experienced substantial challenges accessing COVID-19 vaccination. They are at greater risk of getting COVID as they face barriers getting vaccinated, especially if they live alone, lack technology, or speak languages other than English. In California, one-quarter of people 65 years and
older are not vaccinated. This briefing is a call to action to support community-based efforts to reach this population – whether through phone trees, door to door knocks, mobile vaccine units, other outreach. Older Adults in assisted living or long-term care facilities represent one out of three of fatalities due to COVID. As California moves towards reopening, it is important for us to work together to reach this population.
CALIFORNIA ETHNIC MEDIA AWARDS 2020
WHEN: Thursday, June 3, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PST
WHY: Ethnic Media Services and California Black Media – joint sponsors of the multi-lingual California Ethnic Media Awards for outstanding reporting in 2020 – will award 20 winners with cash awards of $1,000 each. Winners and finalists will be identified at a special online celebration on June 3, between 6-7:30 pm PST/9-10:30 pm EST.
Some 230 entries were submitted, over half in languages other than English. Judges with in-language and in-culture fluency selected 20 winners in seven categories covering the epic news developments of 2020, from COVID-19 and the economic downturn to the movement for racial justice, immigration reform, the Nov. 3 elections, and the 2020 Census.
WILL ETHNIC SMALL BUSINESS CATCH THE BOOM–OR BE LEFT BEHIND?
WHEN: Friday, May 28, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
WHY: The U.S. economy is greatly bolstered by 32 million small businesses, who contribute almost half of the nation’s annual GDP, and create 1.5 million jobs per year. The U.S. is home to more than four million minority-owned companies in the United States, with annual sales totaling close to $700 billion. As the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many small enterprises had to rapidly reshuffle their business models. 200,000 businesses permanently shut down. Speakers will discuss how mom-and-pop Main Street America can emerge from this crisis. Will small businesses catch the wave of the expected economic boom, or continue to tread water to stay afloat?
SPOTTING AND PREVENTING PANDEMIC SCAMS AND OTHER FRAUD IN CHICAGO AND THE MIDWEST
WHEN: Wednesday, May 26, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CDT
WHY: Scammers thrive on catastrophes and hardships. Across Chicago and the Midwest, scammers prey on people struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. In this briefing with ethnic and community media, the FTC joins with local legal experts, law enforcement professionals and community service providers to explore the landscape of consumer fraud as it is impacting diverse communities. Information is an effective antidote to scams that promote fake cures, bogus test sites, get-rich-quick schemes, business and government impostors, fake love affairs and more.
VACCINATING KIDS – HOW YOUNG? WHY? WHAT PARENTS THINK
WHEN: Friday, May 21, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
WHY: COVID-19 now ranks among the top ten causes of death for young people. Vaccinating 12-17 year olds has become the next major milestone in gaining control of the pandemic. What special risks do children and teens have from the virus, what are some of the barriers they face to getting vaccinated, and why do some parents hesitate?
DANGEROUS MYTHS AND LIES ABOUT VACCINES — LEARN THE FACTS
WHEN: Thursday, May 20, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm PDT
WHY: Social media posts are full of rumors and lies about COVID-19 vaccines. Learn how to spot and counter these lies and get an update on where LA County’s vaccine count is from LA County Department of Public Health’s expert Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez.
CAN AMERICA’S BUBBLE STAY INTACT WHILE THE WORLD GRAPPLES WITH COVID?
WHEN: Friday, May 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST | 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
WHY: The U.S. is experiencing a drop in new daily infection rates and deaths from Covid, even as the nation is unlikely to reach herd immunity. Can it maintain its protective bubble even as much of the world experiences surges in Covid infections and deaths? Speakers will discuss the necessity for vaccinating the world, why it is in America’s best interests to do so, and the challenges of this enormous undertaking.
CAN COMMUNITIES TRULY HEAL POST-PANDEMIC?
WHEN: Friday, May 7, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST | 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST
WHY: Even if the United States reaches the elusive “herd-immunity,” which is not a given due to vaccine resistance, many communities face crises exacerbated by the pandemic – health care and educational disparities, lack of affordable housing, racism, police abuse, loss of jobs. We invited two experts to discuss their vision for healing post pandemic and what will be required to close the growing inequity gaps separating low-income communities of color from the rest of America.
INDIA BATTLES COVID CATACLYSM
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5, 9:00 am PST | 12:00 pm EST
WHY: India is currently battling the worst COVID crisis across the globe. Official numbers put the daily death toll at 2,000, but public health experts say that number is five times higher, with 10,000 people dying each day, and 1 million new infections. Hospitals are running out of supplies, most critically, oxygen. Speakers will describe the crisis in India, how the U.S. is contributing to relief efforts, and long-term strategies to mitigate the catastrophe.
FIGHT TO SECURE THE FREEDOM TO VOTE HEATS UP–TWO KEY BILLS BEFORE THE SENATE
WHEN: Friday, April 30, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT / 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
WHY: Two key bills being considered in Congress — For the People Act or S.1, and the John L. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — would set national standards for voting access in America and strengthen protections against racial discrimination at the ballot box. At the same time, lawmakers in 47 states have introduced hundreds of bills that will create barriers to voting for people of color, seniors, and young people. As voting battles rage, leading civil rights experts and advocates explain what’s at stake for ethnic voters and what the chances of passage are.
COMBATTING RISE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – CAN FAMILIES HEAL?
WHEN: Friday, April 23, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
WHY: One out of four women and one out of 10 men face abuse from an intimate partner or spouse, the New England Journal of Medicine reported last year. Anecdotal reports point to a dramatic rise in domestic violence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts discuss prevention and reconciliation programs that engage abusers as well as survivors, children in abusive households, and immigrant families.
LA COUNTY TOWN HALL: WAGE AND WORKER’S RIGHTS FOR IMMIGRANTS
WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST
WHY: Learn about the new LA County Hero Pay for essential workers and anti-retaliation protections. Experts will also address issues concerning wage theft and immigrant worker’s rights.
SUPPORT FOR CALIFORNIA’S SMALL BUSINESSES – WHAT’S AVAILABLE, WHO QUALIFIES, HOW TO APPLY?
WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST
WHY: The sixth and final round of the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program opens for applications on April 28 and ends on May 4. Grants range from $5000 to $25,000. This is one of several programs aimed to support small businesses (including nonprofits) clobbered by the pandemic. Speakers include the director of Lendistry which administers the fund, successful applicants and small business advocates.
SENATOR ALEX PADILLA (D-CA): EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ETHNIC MEDIA
WHEN: Friday, Apr. 16, 2021, 11:00 am – 11:45 am
WHY: On January 20th, Alex Padilla was sworn in as California’s Junior Senator, the first Latino in that position in the state’s history. In his maiden speech on the Senate floor, he spoke with pride about being the son of Mexican immigrants. Today, he is the Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Safety and his first bill calls for the legalization of more than 5 million essential workers, just like his parents were. Senator Padilla will update us on the progress of immigration reform measures and the role of the filibuster, among other issues.
EMS & LA COUNTY’S JOINT INFORMATION CENTER ON COVID INVITE YOU: ADDRESSING LA COUNTY’S HOUSING CRISIS WITH SUPERVISOR SHEILA KUEHL
WHEN: Monday, Apr. 12, 2021, 1 pm – 2 pm
WHY: In this sixth in a series of special briefings for ethnic/community media sponsored by LA County’s Joint Information Center on COVID, the focus is on housing. Speakers will provide crucial information to residents across LA County about their housing/tenant rights, available rent stabilization programs and the “Stay Housed LA” initiative.
HOUSE PASSES SWEEPING BILLS TO LEGALIZE MILLIONS: WILL SENATE QUASH REFORMS?
WHEN: Friday, Apr. 9, 2021, 11 am – 12 pm
WHY: On March 18, the House passed HR 6, the American Promise and Dream Act, which aims to provide relief from deportation to DACA recipients, TPS holders, and DALCA children, dependents of highly-skilled foreign workers, who age out of their status once they turn 18. The House also passed HR 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would permit farm workers, and their spouses and children, to earn legal status. Speakers will unpack both bills and offer perspectives on whether the bills will pass the Senate, along with possible compromises and strategies.
NEWS BRIEFING WITH THE IRS — NEW DEADLINE FOR FILING TAX RETURNS AND OTHER TAX TOPICS
WHEN: Friday, Apr. 2, 2021, 11 am – 11:45 am
WHY: Most people don’t realize the IRS has extended the April 15 deadline for filing tax returns. IRS speakers will discuss this plus related tax issues — how provisions in the American Rescue Plan might affect your taxes, new provisions in the Earned Income Tax Credit, etc. Session will include Q&A.
REDISTRICTING: HOW THE DRAWING OF ELECTORAL DISTRICTS CAN MAKE OR BREAK OUR COMMUNITIES’ FUTURE
WHEN: Friday, March. 26, 2021, 11 am – 12 pm
WHY:Following the 2020 Census, the upcoming redistricting cycle is a critical moment to ensure political representation for our communities, impacting resources for education, health care, the environment, and other needs over the next ten years. The unfair manipulation of districts to dilute the voting power of minority communities it´s seen by many as another type of voter suppression. Experts explain the process, the law and why it is important for communities to voice their views and prevent inequities.
SPOTTING AND PREVENTING PANDEMIC-RELATED SCAMS AND OTHER FRAUD IN MONTANA/THE MOUNTAIN WEST
WHEN: Wednesday, March. 24, 2021, 10 am – 11:30 am
WHY: Scammers thrive on catastrophes. Across Montana and the mountain West, scammers prey on people struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. In this briefing with ethnic and community media, the FTC joins with local legal experts, law enforcement professionals, nonprofits like the AARP and the BBB, and community service providers to explore the landscape of consumer fraud as it is impacting Montana’s communities — tribal, rural, low income, immigrant, refugees. Information is an effective antidote to scams that promote fake cures, bogus test sites, get-rich-quick schemes, fake love affairs and more.
MUTANT VARIANTS VS. VACCINES – WHICH WILL PREVAIL IN THE PANDEMIC RACE?
WHEN: Friday, March. 19, 2021, 11 am – 12 pm
WHY: President Joe Biden announced March 11 that all tiers of vaccine distribution would be lifted, enabling anyone over the age of 18 in the U.S. to get. vaccinated. But vaccine distribution has continued to run into bottlenecks — from shortages of supply to lack of access to vaccine hesitancy. Meanwhile, a mutant variant known as the B117 UK variant–more contagious and virulent than its predecessor–could become the dominant strain by summer. Can the U.S. achieve herd immunity before the B117 prevails?
COVID MUST KNOWS FOR IMMIGRANTS
WHEN: Thursday, March. 18, 2021, 6 pm – 7 pm
WHY: Learn about COVID vaccine availability, safety and avoiding vaccination scams. Experts will also address immigrants concerns about Public Charge and the continued availability of COVID testing.
MOM-AND-POP LANDLORDS STRUGGLE TO STAY AFLOAT-KEY TO LOW-RENT APARTMENT SUPPLY
WHEN: Tuesday, March. 16, 2021, 11 am – 12 noon
WHY: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit renters hard nationwide with data showing that millions of renters have missed payments or lack confidence in their ability to pay future rents. But there is little public information about how this country’s 8 million independent landlords are managing, 77% of whom are small mom-and-pop landlords whose multi-plex apartment units provide much of the low-rental housing market. In the Bay Area, small landlords of color are struggling to pay their mortgages with Asian, Latinx, and Black homeowners facing elevated rates of mortgage delinquency. Speakers will address why struggling landlords need additional policies to alleviate their financial burdens.
VACCINES AND THE COMMUNITY – FLEXING YOUR DEFENSE AGAINST COVID-19
WHEN: Monday, March. 15, 2021, 12 pm – 1 pm
WHY: Questions about vaccines now dominate news briefings on the pandemic – everything from where to go and how to get vaccinated to when the newest J&J vaccine will be available, how it will impact the supply of vaccines, how the county is targeting underserved and hardest hit communities, what challenges lie ahead. Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez will also provide her regular updates on the County’s fight to contain COVID 19.
THE $1.9 TRILLION COVID RELIEF BILL: WHO WINS, WHO LOSES?
WHEN: Friday, March. 12, 2021, 11 am – 12 noon
WHY: A $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, known as the American Rescue Plan, is a sweeping piece of legislation intended to get the U.S. and its residents back on their feet after a year-long shut-down of much of the economy. The proposal includes a new round of stimulus checks, added unemployment benefits, $125 billion to help schools reopen, $350 billion for state and local governments, and $250 billion to support vaccination efforts. Speakers this week will unpack the bill, as well as its shortcomings.
BACK TO SCHOOL BEGINNINGS AND COVID-19
WHEN: Thursday, March. 11, 2021, 2 pm – 3 pm
WHY: LA County’s COVID Joint Information Center continues a ground breaking initiative for ethnic media about the county’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic. This week’s briefing is hosted by LA County Board of Supervisor Kathryn Barger and focuses on the re-opening of elementary schools with Superintendent Debra Duardo. Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez will provide an update on COVID 19 and the vaccine rollout.
SACRAMENTO COUNTY’S FIGHT TO CONTROL COVID-19 — AN OVERVIEW BY HEALTH CARE EXPERTS AND REPORTS FROM THE FRONTLINES
WHEN: Wednesday, March. 10, 2021, 2 pm – 3 pm
WHY:A year into the pandemic speakers will update reporters and stakeholders on where Sacramento County is in the struggle to contain COVID-19 and roll out the vaccine; and the challenges facing leaders of nonprofit agencies serving groups hardest hit by the pandemic. The briefing will provide time for Q&A about the present and the future.
COLLEGE ENROLLMENT DROPS, STUDENT DEBT GROWS: WILL DEBT CANCELLATION HELP?
WHEN: Friday, March. 5, 2021, 11 am – 12 pm
WHY:First-time college enrollment has fallen during the pandemic, highlighting the impact of the economic downturn as well as the crushing weight of $1.7 trillion in loan debt held by more than 43 million student borrowers. Advocates argue that cancelling $50,000 per student would leave 75 percent of borrowers free of debt, helping the economy. President Biden recently made waves by saying he would not support this approach. We will hear from students, policy makers and experts on the subject.
EMS & LA COUNTY’S JOINT INFORMATION CENTER ON COVID: NEWS BRIEFING WITH LA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CHAIR HILD L. SOLIS & LA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR BARBARA FERRER
WHEN: Thursday, March. 4, 2021, 2 pm – 3 pm
WHY:LA County’s COVID Joint Information Center continues a groundbreaking initiative to inform ethnic news media on the county’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic and the vaccine rollout. In addition to updates on health indicators, this briefing will bring eye witness accounts from the frontlines through community health workers (“promatoras”).
PANDEMIC FALLOUT GLOBAL FAMINE ON THE HORIZON
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, 11 am – 12 noon
WHY: The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated hunger and food insecurity around the world, with starvation rates spiking from 135 million to 270 million as the pandemic unfolds. “Famine is literally on the horizon,” says David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for its efforts to combat hunger.
Ethnic Media Services is honored to partner with the United Nations World Food Programme for a special briefing on the looming famine. Speakers will discuss food insecurity in some of the hardest-hit countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and how the pandemic has exacerbated existing crises. Speakers will also offer insights as to how relief efforts and local communities are attempting to circumvent the disaster.
BI-WEEKLY UPDATE ON COVID & VACCINE ROLLOUT LA COUNTY COMBATS HUNGER IN PANDEMIC
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, 2 pm – 3 pm
WHY: Receive a bi-weekly update from Dr. Gonzalez on LA County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Get the latest information on food insecurity in LA County and the County’s multi-pronged response, including CalFresh (the new name for Food Stamps) and how to apply. Hear eyewitness account of what food insecurity looks like at the street level.
COMMUNITIES UNITE TO COMBAT ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, 11 am – 12 noon
WHY: A rash of brutal crimes targeting Asian Americans, especially elders, highlights an epidemic of anti-Asian violence and the need for communities to work together to counter racial and ethnic divisions and stereotypes. Speakers provide data on the spike in anti-Asian hate crimes and efforts to forge cross-ethnic coalitions to combat the divisive politics of the Trump years.
COVID DEATH RATES SPOTLIGHT HEALTH EQUITY ISSUES
WHEN: Friday, February 12, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST / 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
WHY: In California, 55 percent of COVID deaths are LatinX people, according to data recently released by the Department of Public Health. In New York, South Asians have the highest rates of positivity and hospitalization among Asians, second only to Hispanics for positivity and Blacks for hospitalization. Chinese patients had the highest mortality rate of all groups and were nearly 1.5 times more likely to die than Whites. Across the U.S., Black people account for 39 percent of COVID deaths, and the Native American community has almost double the mortality rates of Whites, according to CDC data. COVID death rates spotlight the gaping inequities in COVID health care and hospitalizations. Moreover, at-risk ethnicities have not been prioritized for vaccine distribution. Speakers will discuss the gaps in health equity amid the pandemic.
LA COUNTY TOWN HALL: IMMIGRATION REFORMS – WHAT’S CHANGED NOW, WHAT COULD CHANGE?
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
WHY: President Biden’s proposed immigration reforms and new executive orders have raised expectations among immigrants across LA County. What changes can we expect in terms of the proposed moratorium on deportations, Temporary Protective Status, Public Charge and a path to citizenship? Hear from experts and have a chance to ask questions.
TRACKING COVID-19: A BIWEEKLY BRIEFING FOR ETHNIC & COMMUNITY MEDIA
WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2:00 – 3:00 PM (and every other week following)
WHY: Receive bi-weekly updates from the people leading Los Angeles County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will hear from Public Health experts, elected officials and frontline providers working to help our diverse communities keep themselves and their families safe. Learn more about Los Angeles County’s programs to assist residents with information about vaccinations, free food assistance and important programs around relief for renters and small business owners. Ask the questions you need to know to inform your audience.
WHEN CAN WE REOPEN SCHOOLS?– SEARCH FOR COMMON GROUND ON DIVISIVE ISSUE
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 5, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
WHY: Across the country the question of when to reopen public schools has become a deeply divisive issue. The stakes are highest for students of color in major urban districts whom studies show are losing ground the longer they are out of the classroom and who have the least confidence in the safety of their schools and the responsiveness of their school officials. There’s no single blueprint–we need solutions customized to local needs, education experts advise. EMS’s panel offers a range of perspectives on the struggle to get children back to the classroom.
PRESIDENT BIDEN’S BOLD IMMIGRATION PLAN: WHAT CAN IMMIGRANTS EXPECT?
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 29, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM PST
WHY: On the eve of his inauguration,President Joe Biden released a bold immigration plan, re-instating DACA, rolling back the Trump administration’s changes to asylum process, stopping work on the border wall, and extending temporary protected status, among other policy changes. Biden has also stated his support for expanding business immigration, and cutting through the green card backlog.
Q-ANON, DOMESTIC TERRORISM AND THE THREAT TO DEMOCRACY
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
WHY: Experts dissect the conspiracies, disinformation and extremist groups that were behind the insurrection against the U.S. government and how religion plays a part in the dangerous radicalization of some Americans, including minority ethnic groups.
THE CHALLENGES OF VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 13, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST
WHY: 20 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were expected to be in people’s arms by the end of 2020, but thus far, only 4.5 million people have received a single dose of the two dose vaccine. This roundtable discussion will discuss the challenges of vaccine distribution, vaccine hesitancy, and possible alternatives to the two-dose regimen so that more people can get an initial dose of the vaccine. We will also discuss priorities for vaccinations: should ethnicities with higher populations of deaths from COVID jump to the front of the line?
HOW SAFE IS YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE?
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 8, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
WHY: Voting is the most basic right in American democracy but many are surprised to learn it’s not enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Despite unprecedented voter turnout on Nov. 3 and in the Jan. 5 Georgia Senate runoffs, voting barriers persist and public distrust of election outcomes is at historic levels. What are key proposals for rebuilding trust and reforming the electoral system?
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