Latinx Artists Promote Covid-19 Vaccination, Saying Goodbye to ‘Roadrunner,’ Birds Helping CA Fa
More than 60 percent of Latinos in some Central Valley counties are still not vaccinated. The numbers are even more dramatic for younger folks, especially teens and those in their 20s — and for indigenous farmworkers. Now former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, along with famed Ranchera singer Carmencristina Moreno and other musical groups, are trying to get the word out through original songs, radio dramas, and poems in Spanish, English, and Mixteco. Sasha talks with Hugo Morales, founder of Radio BilingÃ¼e, and Amy Kitchener, of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, about the new campaign, with excerpts from the music and poetry.
âHe was a shark in many ways. He didn’t want to move backwards. He just always wanted to move forward.â Thatâs how Tony Escobarâs son describes his dad, who died of Covid-19 earlier this year. Tony, who immigrated to San Francisco from Nicaragua, was 68 years old. OneÂ of his many jobs was as a traveling notary. His family thinks thatâs why he got sick. For them, it was heartbreaking to see Tony — a star athlete from Mission High School, salesman and all-around family man — forced to stop moving. As part of our ongoing series on remembering CaliforniansÂ whoâve died from Covid-19, KQEDâs Brian Watt and Alexander GonzalesÂ bring us the voices of Tony’s family members paying tributeÂ to a man they called “The Energizer Bunny.”
Maybe youâre one of the people who started noticing birds more during the pandemic. A lot of us spent time in our yards, or looking out windows, seeing these creatures in a new way. Even though weâre noticing more, there are fewer birds now than there were 50 years ago. For her series California Foodways, Lisa Morehouse visits farms in Napa and near Watsonville to learn how farmers can help these birds, and some new research that shows how those birds are helping farmers.
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